FUNAI RALLIES SUPPORT FOR LOCAL CONTENT POLICY
The Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State, is advocating for the total implementation of the local content policy in all Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies in other to boost the Nigerian ailing economy.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba made the call on Tuesday, 23rd of August 2016 while receiving a set of office furniture donated to the University by the NEW WORLD DECORATION, an indigenous furniture company based in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
Professor Nwajiuba said the University has already keyed into the policy in the management of the institution’s business, adding that instead of spending scarce foreign exchange importing products that cannot even stand the taste of time, the idea of buying from local manufacturers who are readily available to provide maintenance and after sale services should be encouraged. This according to him ‘would provide jobs for the teeming unemployed youths; increase the revenue base of government and ultimately improve the Nigerian economy.’
The Vice Chancellor further stated that his appointment was an opportunity to contribute his quota towards the growth and development of the university and stressed that he has seized the opportunity to woo corporate bodies and good-spirited individuals to support the university’s vision of producing graduates that can meet the demands of the 21st century economy, through their investments and donations.
‘’God has given me the opportunity to grow the university and it is only through willing donors like you that we can achieve the dream of building a world class university’’, he noted
He appreciated the NEW WORLD DECORATION for their kind gesture and enjoined other local manufacturers to emulate the company by partnering with the University in any area.
Explaining the rationale behind the donation, the Chief Executive Officer of NEW WORLD DECORATION, Chief Joseph Chukwu said the government, and other relevant stakeholders should think and tow the trajectory of patronising locally made goods in other to put the country back on track.
Chief Chukwu said his company has been donating generously to other cooperate institutions within and outside the state, stressing the need for huge patronage of his products and that of other local manufacturers by government establishments as such will boost the growth of the Nigerian economy.
The company’s helmsman said the materials used in designing and fabricating the furniture can stand the taste of time, noting that the company’s products are also affordable.