By Emmanuella Anokam
Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, on Monday disclosed that Nigeria’s Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP)) was being reviewed to reflect economic realities and aspirations of the Federal Government.
The Minister, who spoke at the commissioning of chemical solutions manufacturing plant in Lagos, listed the economic realities to include the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), the imminence of the fourth industrial revolution and climate changes.
Adebayo in a statement by Mr Ifedayo Sayo, his Special Assistant on Media, said that the revision of the NIRP would provide a clear and definite path towards a new industrial aspiration.
According to him, it will take into cognisance of recent trade agreements and how Nigeria can take advantage of them; ensure a safer environment by adapting the policy to capture the global target of net zero emissions by 2050.
He noted that it would create job opportunities for Nigerians through increased production to leverage the wider market access provided by AfCFTA.
Adebayo, while congratulating the Board and Management of Pacegate Energy and Resources Limited on the commissioning of the first local content fluids and chemical solutions manufacturing plant in Nigeria, said it represented a significant landmark for the country’s industrialisation programme.
The minister further noted that domestication of production and Backward Integration had been at the center of this administration’s industrialisation programme, to drive job-intensive growth of the Nigerian economy.
“They will increase local production, create job opportunities and improve our foreign exchange reserve position. It is, therefore, my pleasure to commission this manufacturing plant which will contribute significantly to the areas I just mentioned.
“I am reliably informed that the company has so far invested a sum of N1billion to achieve an installed production capacity of 12,900MT, which will produce unique and standard oilfield chemicals for local industries in the Oil and Gas and Transportation sectors.
“I believe this will help in taking us steps ahead in our effort to diversify the economy and increase the contribution of the manufacturing sector to the Gross Domestic Product.
“Most especially, the plant will provide jobs to Nigeria’s workforce. It will also promote local content and save the nation the extra cost of importing the now locally produced input.
“In spite of the challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the completion of this manufacturing plant at this time demonstrates a deliberate effort by PEARL to support our determination to accelerate the growth of the manufacturing sector,” he said. (NAN)