FG pledges to patronise local manufacturers
Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has reassured local pharmaceutical industries of government’s commitment in patronising homemade medicines and other healthcare products.
Ehanire during a visit to the May and Baker Pharmacentre at Otta, Ogun State, said: “This is a country of 170million people we cannot depend on import either for food or medicinal needs of the country. We have to support manufacturers. The president made it clear he will attend to the whole sort of problem connected to it. For example the issue of the foreign exchange, which is temporary, I am quite confident about that. We spend too heavily on issue of imported products and too little to support our own industry. The unfair taxation, the zero tariff on imported goods has been brought to the attention of the president and he has directed the ministry of industry, trade and investment to do something about it and the minister in that ministry is already doing something about it.”
The minister assured that his visit is a sign that the government is interested in the area of manufacturing and to encourage everyone and stimulate further thoughts on how to clear the difficult area.
He disclosed the plan of the government to introduce vaccine production. His words: “We are also looking out for vaccine production and the government is keen to it. The Cuban government has offered to give us some assistance. The Indian government also offered support.”
Ehanire lauded the efforts of May and Baker Pharmacentre. “This company play important role in the vision of the government and the economy which has had a major leak due to the factor we know which low price of oil, and cash inflow into the economy is limited.”
He added: “This situation is not desirable but it is a clear direct follow up and a sign of good governance because, the repair process is going on. Money is going to come to the system again but in a legitimate and clean way from goods and services produced and rendered.”
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