Oba of Benin rues influx of fake imported goods

Omo N’Oba N’ Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, CFR, Oba of Benin has rue the influx of fake imported goods, especially Pharmaceutical products into Nigeria by unpatriotic merchants.

Oba Ewuare II said this while responding to call by the President of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, Otumba Francis Meshioye to help drive advocacy for made in Nigeria products as the custodian of culture and tradition of Nigerian people in boosting local contents for sustainable economic growth.

Speaking during a courtesy visit by the Association’s President in the accompany of some executive members of the 53-year-old Association to Oba Palace in Benin City, Oba Ewuare II, assured that Nigerians will patronize made in Nigeria products if they are competitive in quality and pricing.

The Benin monarch, called on relevant agencies of government to address the of fake drugs menace, and shatter stereotypes that make illicit deals to thrive towards making Nigeria Pharmaceutical markets standout with the support of relevant regulatory agencies.

The Paramount traditional ruler in Edo State also sued for enduring intervention that will boost Nigerians confidence in local Pharmaceutical industries and patronage by recognizing opportunities.

Oba Ewuare II further tasked governments at all levels in Nigeria to put modalities in place and boost productivity aimed at reducing high dependency on crude oil export revenue for economic survival.

According to the Royal Father, “I do not know how you are going to deal with the problem of importation, exportation and so-on and so-forth. I think by and large, the federal government needs to do a whole lot of work

“It is good to do more advocacy to patronize made in Nigeria goods, but if made in Nigeria goods are competitive in quality as well as pricing; I am sure that Nigerians will patronize them”, Oba Ewuare II said.

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