Nigerian local manufacturers who are presently stifled by a lot of environmental challenges will obviously increase their contribution to economic growth, including employment creation if federal government ensures full implementation of the Procurement Act.
This was the view of Alero Imo, the managing director of Cyrus Kingdom Development Company, fully Nigerian furniture and joinery firm who regretted that government has not been supportive to local manufacturers, citing the procurement Act, and adequate power supply which she said has not worked.
The objective of the public procurement bill which was passed into law in 2016, by the senate is to adopt local content which will favour local manufacturers and ensure speedy completion of projects.
The CEO called for continuous advocacy on the Act to ensure government adheres to its full implementation because of the inherent opportunities for local manufacturers and the economy.
Alero, who said she strongly believes in Nigerian brand , complained that the furniture and wood market is today experiencing unhealthy competition especially with importation from China and Europe.
Reiterating similar comments by other operators in that industry, Alero said “It has been difficult contending with importation.”
Imo , who also said that Cyrus which specialises in the manufacture of furniture and joinery products as an alternative to the wholesome importation also cited electricity as another challenge for her company.
“On working days, we have about four hours of electricity per day and the rest of the working hours we use generator to power our machines. This is a big cost on us,” she said.
However, Imo said that the challenges in the industry were though daunting but have not diminished the quality of Cyrus works.
“In Cyrus, we build for international standard and our clients know that our products are of quality compared to imported ones.
“It is worthy of note that at Cyrus, we manufacture quality doors and all types of furniture and kitchen cabinet. We also engage in home service where we build customized works for homes to suit taste.”
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