“I would like to congratulate, my friend, and colleague, Distinguished Senator Abaribe, for his foresight and devotion for continuing this renowned event. The dedication to continue this initiative, has taken the Made in Aba Fair from being a local event, to being a National event of worthy recognition. It is my hope that soon, Made in Nigeria, and Made in Aba, will become internationally recognized and respected.
“Many of you will recall, that last year, when I visited this same Trade Fair with my Distinguished Colleagues from the 8th Senate, we promised that the Senate would continue to do everything in our power to ensure that Nigerian businesses and manufacturers begin to enjoy more patronage from the Federal Government.
“This is precisely what we have done. With the amendment of the Public Procurement Act, which has passed final reading in the Senate, and is making its way through the House of Representatives. We are in the process of making it easier for manufacturers and entrepreneurs around the country to benefit from the over N2 trillion in government procurement contracts.
“Additionally, my Office, has launched the Made in Nigeria Challenge, which is aimed at showcasing the innovative ideas of Nigerian businesses. Through this challenge, which is still ongoing, we hope to identify goods, services and other products that can be matched with investors and government agencies, to further the plight of our homegrown businessmen and women.
“Today, as I see the various goods on display, I stand here reassured that ‘Made in Nigeria’ can truly and fully drive us towards the path of economic sustainability and prosperity.
“On our part, we in the Nigerian Senate, and the National Assembly as a whole, will continue to do everything within our mandate and powers to ensure that our domestic manufacturers and service providers have the enabling environment that they need to thrive. Working with the Federal Government, we will push for improved infrastructure, financial investment and technology to boost our domestic manufacturing value chain.
“We are partners in this process; we will continue to be partners. I believe in Made in Nigeria, I believe in Made in Aba. The possibilities ahead of us are endless.
God bless you all. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”