The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has appealed to government agencies and parastatals to patronise the local products in other to boost the country’s productive sector.
The president, LCCI, Babatunde Ruwase, made this plea to Nigerians at the inauguration of its printing publishing and Allied (PPA) group in Lagos.
He said, that the locally made products are facing numerous challenges such as the high cost of bringing in raw material and harsh operating business environment.
He added that the group will address issue hindering the growth of the sector on raw material and backward integration
“We have sought ways on how the federal government will patronise local publishing and printing companies.
“The group is also like a focus group that will pay attention to challenges affecting their sector ”
Also speaking at the event, Chairperson of PPA Group, Layo Okeowo lamented that most of the jobs, which should have been provided for local printer and publishers were taken overseas, saying the time to engage the government and other stakeholders on issues affecting the sector was now.
“Based on these painful realities, I am strongly persuaded that the time is ripe for printers and publishers to team up and establish a paper mill in the country to manufacture the quality papers that are required, ” she said.