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Goodluck Jonathan

Review of importation rules and regulations to encourage local manufacturers

NICAPROM Remark: The FG has placed a ban on certain imported products in order to boost and encourage local manufacturers.

Where: 2011 campaign | When: March, 8 2011

Date submitted: July, 8 2012

Sources: Thisday Website


FG raises tariff on imported cars

The Director-General, National Automotive Council, Mr. Aminu Jalal, said many international automotive manufacturers in particular, Toyota, Nissan, Renault and General Motors, had indicated interest to invest in Nigeria following the evolution of the automotive development plan.

He said, “Nissan, Toyota and others are now conducting a feasibility study on vehicle assembly in Nigeria.

“At full capacity, the Nigerian automotive industry has the potential to create 70,000 skilled and semi-skilled jobs along with 210,000 indirect jobs in the Small and Medium-scale Enterprises sector that will supply the assembly plants.”

Jalal said 490,000 other jobs would also be created in the raw materials supply industries.


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Former minister hails Nigeria’s ban on livestock imports

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Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed

Former Minister of Defence, Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed, has said Nigeria has no business importing poultry or poultry products, throwing his weight behind the continued restriction on their importation.

Mohammed, who made this known at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) and 60th anniversary of the Veterinary Council of Nigeria in Abuja, said Nigeria can produce enough to meet domestic needs.

“There is no reason whatsoever to import poultry of any kind into this country because we have the climate, the personnel and the wherewithal. Above all, we have a good policy framework in the Agricultural Transformation Agenda of the Federal Government,” he said.

Mohammed, who is also a veterinarian, reasoned that the Nigerian veterinary practice has attained a credible international status capable of sustaining supply to meet domestic demands while also attracting foreign exchange through competitive exportation.

He said Nigeria has a robust veterinary service that should be able to produce livestock and other veterinary products to meet its domestic and export needs.

“The Federal Government’s ban on the importation of certain frozen items such as chicken and other poultry products is a good policy because we have no business importing what we can produce. It has been said that there is a supply gap in Nigeria, but any tendency to fill that gap by importation other than by production should be discouraged, otherwise, we will continue to be a net importer of livestock products that we can abundantly produce in this country,” he warned.

According to the former Minister, Nigeria can adequately meet its domestic livestock needs of over 160 million people as well as export its abundant livestock and other animal products in line with the Agricultural Transformation agenda (ATA) of the Federal Government.

He agreed with calls that government should consider reviving an earlier arrangement whereby special outfits were set up for the promotion of livestock services. For him, this would enhance the production of livestock, fisheries and other non-food agricultural products such as forestry for exports.

He, however, stressed the need for more synergy in the sector, noting that with over 6,000 veterinary officers currently in the Nigerian Veterinary Council register, veterinary medicine has grown into full maturity and public acclaim, and the credit should go to eminent men and women who worked hard to lift the standard of the profession to its present enviable status.

Dr. Mohammed expressed optimism that “the future of the profession is very bright, if you view the progress of veterinary services from 1952 when it started to 1965 when former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, signed the Veterinary Act into law and to the present time that you now have many veterinary schools across the country.

“The interest of the people is very active, and globally the role of the veterinarian in public health and in the food supply chain is very crucial, especially now that the whole world is thinking of one health as a concept for all health professionals, whether human, animal or environmental. For example, any animal infected with a disease such as avian influenza or rabies is a potential threat to the human population and vice versa.”

Commenting on the conference, he expressed delight that the global community had taken active interest in Nigeria’s veterinary profession.

“I was very happy to see experts from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the International Animal Research Institute and other health and veterinary-related organisations praising Nigerian veterinarians for their efforts in successfully eradicating the avian influenza disease issue, whereas in other places and countries which used a different method are still battling with the menace. I was highly impressed to hear that the efforts of Nigerian veterinarians in eradicating this disease were appreciated worldwide,” he said.

Posted by Admin on December, 18 2013

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