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Made in Nigeria

14 June 2016, 14:49

Made in Nigeria goods are the goods manufactured or produced on Nigerian soil. Made in Nigeria products are locally made products in Nigeria. Made in Nigeria services are the services made by Nigeria.  But many made in Nigeria goods and services are not truly made in Nigeria. Many machines manufactured in Nigeria are just mere assembly of imported parts of those machines. Cars, motorcycles, sewing machines, and many more from Nigerian companies are just assembled, and never manufactured from scratch. They are not proudly made in Nigeria. There are no truly made in Nigeria cars, motorcycles, and machines.

Industrialized countries make goods and services that are universally known to be original, and made with a substantial amount of their locally developed technology. Germany makes original products which include cars, ships, machines, and packaged goods. United States build aeroplanes, ships, cars, and others. Japan manufacture rockets, cars, and much more.

Nigerians have the habit of importing what they can produce even when there is no urgent need for importation, although they import what they cannot produce. Nigeria imports food products that can be abundantly produced in Nigeria, and that can be sufficiently produced to meet both local and international demand.

Nigeria cannot truly manufacture rocket, submarine, lathe machine, computer, laptops, mobile phones, and many other products. Many Nigerian manufacturers manufacture many products in the domain of low technology. The assembly of imported parts of machines is at the core of their manufacturing competence.

Nigeria is not a technologically advanced country. And with the current level of general incompetency, and widespread lack of pursuit of deep knowledge, it may take Nigeria gazillion of years to attain a globally advanced, acclaimed, and recognized technological advancement and competency.

The export of manufactured goods in Nigeria does not go very far, beyond Nigeria’s border and is never global, and may remain so in gazillion years to come. Many products cannot compete globally. The products cannot stand the challenge from the constant storm of Chinese cheap products, and highly advanced products from United States and the Western countries. The products cannot compete favorably in the international market in terms of many indices which include price, storage, transportation, quality, and standard.

Made in Nigeria products should consistently meet global standard. The production of goods and services should be in consonance with international best practices. The exportation of made in Nigeria goods and services should be at the core of manufacturing and production in Nigeria. There should be the diversification of products that are made in Nigeria, and expansion of the manufacturing structure to produce wider range of goods both for local and international consumption. Nigerian manufacturers need to go into the manufacture of high technology products.

A superlative challenge before many manufacturers in Nigeria is to transform or metamorphose into real manufacturers, and not remain mere assemblers of imported parts of machines from China, Germany, Japan, and India, for they import the parts and assemble them into machines, and brand them, made in Nigeria.

To be a truly industrialized country, Nigeria must reconsider its system of education that generates scientists and engineers who lack the skill to build cars, aeroplanes, oil rigs, and ships from scratch. Nigeria must re-educate Nigeria. Nigerians must re-educate themselves and align with the reality that industrialization is not a game of poor education, paucity of creativity, ethnic and religious politics, corruption, and poor governance. Industrialization is for serious countries.

Nigeria has both the human and natural resources to develop the capability to become a global powerhouse of manufacturing, and become a global economic powerhouse, an engine of global growth.

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