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Nigeria to stop importation of rice, 5 other products by 2018, says minister

Hajiya Aisha Abubakar, the
Minister of State for Trade and Industry, on Wednesday disclosed that the
Federal Government would stop the importation of six commodities by 2018.

Abubakar disclosed this at
an interactive session with entrepreneurs and prospective investors
participating in Katsina State Economic and Investment Summit in Katsina.
The minister said the
commodities include rice, wheat, sugar, cotton, tomato paste and processed
She said Nigeria would
stop the importation of cotton and other commodities to ensure self-sufficiency
for textiles and garment manufacturers in the country.
The minister stressed that
the present administration was committed to the production of those commodities
in Nigeria.
Abubakar said the country
had no business importing the six commodities as they were abundant in Nigeria.
In his remarks, Gov. Aminu
Masari of Katsina State called on prospective investors to come up with
workable plans that could simplify the state’s investment process and eliminate
its bottlenecks.
Masari assured welders and
fabricators of his administration’s readiness to provide land for the
establishment of business clusters for them.
He added that his
government would continue to patronise made-in-Katsina goods, services and
local contractors.
The governor said he had
directed local contractors to purchase roofing sheets and paints from markets
within Katsina State.
Masari said that a large
portion of land in Katsina had been allocated to the Federal Ministry of
Communication for the establishment of a National Incubation Centre.
He disclosed further that
eight vocational training centres were being rehabilitated to empower youths to
become self-reliant. 

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