Nigeria Senate President, Bukola Saraki kick-starts
the launch of Made-in-Nigeria Challenge on January 1, 2017 to promote products
using at least 70% raw materials sourced locally. This programme is organised
to encourage entrepreneurs to start using local content and promote buying of
the local products among Nigerians. The programme will support entrepreneurs in
form of enabling environment, finance and patronage.
According to the initiator Bukola Saraki, ‘Made-in-Nigeria
challenge is to create Legislative instruments that encourages local
manufacturers by getting information to ensure ease of doing business. We have
received hundreds of Made-in-Nigeria videos on Agriculture value chain, Tech
start-up, Boats and Ferries, Leather & Textile etc. Revitalizing value
chain of Made-in-Nigeria goods is key. It will create white/blue/pink collar
jobs in the agro sector and stimulate the economy’.
This campaign is organised to showcase everyday
products that are used by Nigerians and produced by Nigerians locally that
serves as an alternative to imported products. The next few weeks, we hope to
identify products and ideas that can be matched with investors and Government
To wrap up the Challenge, in March, we will be
inviting some of the finalist to a Made-in-Nigeria Round table at the Senate.
This Round table will allow us, Legislators, Government Agencies, Business
owners, and everyday Nigerian consumers to review and update the report of
NASSBER, the National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable, which was held
in 2016 to improve the ease of doing business in the country.
As part of Senate's oversight of Government
agencies, we will also use the opportunity to get feedback on the Public
Procurement Act passed by Senate in 2016 which mandates Government agencies to
give preference to local manufacturers in procurement of goods and services.
in the Made-in-Nigeria Challenge;
- Shoot a 45secs - 3mins video showcasing your
product or service that is an alternative to an imported goods.
- Upload on any social media page using hash tag #Madeinnigeria
or send an email to Min@senatepresident.gov.ng
- Keep in mind that your product must use at least 70%
local content that is sourced from within Nigeria.
- Your video has to state; if your business is already
registered; the number of employees that you currently have and the
intervention you would like to see from the Government in promoting the ease of
doing business for MSMEs.
The Made-in-Nigeria Challenge is organised by the
office of the Senate President.
For more information, email Min@senatepresident.gov.ng