Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, has urged the Federal Government to intensify efforts in curbing importation of goods to boost local production.
Obasa, represented by Jude Idimogu, Chairman, House Committee on Commerce, made the plea during the Lagos State Special Day at the 2018 Lagos International Trade Fair on Sunday in Lagos.
He said that encouraging local production and patronage would boost the nation’s economy, competitiveness and create employment for its teeming youth population.
He said: “It is our collective responsibility as Nigerians to patronise goods made in our country. We cannot continue to grow the economy of other countries at the detriment to ours.”
Obasa said that Lagos would continue to be a centre of attraction in terms of commerce, as it would continue to create the enabling environment for businesses to thrive through business-friendly policies and initiatives.
The LCCI boss said that there was need to proactively tackle the peculiar challenges of urbanisation as the state’s mega status continued to emerge.
Ruwase urged the state Government to create an environment conducive for businesses to thrive, adding that the private sector had the greatest potential to generate jobs and uplift the people from poverty.