Senate President, David Mark, on Monday called on the Federal Government to ban imported finished leather products.
Mark spoke while declaring open a “Made in Aba Trade Fair” in Abuja.
The Senate President, who was represented by the Chairman Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Smart Adeyemi, said the move would encourage the patronage of locally made shoes.
Mark specifically called on the Nigerian Armed Forces and other uniformed security organizations in the country to patronize leather boots made in Nigeria especially in Aba.
He decried a situation where the Bank of Industry (BoI) was not represented at the fair.
Mark said: “Aba is a pride to us in Nigeria. We are both proud of its past, present and promising future of being the catalyst for industrial revolution in the country.
“We don’t have reason for importing boots for the members of our armed forces and the police seeing that the ones made in Aba are not only of high quality but durable.
“From what I see here today, I believe if the needed incentives are provided, we can achieve our programme of creating employment for our citizens, reducing poverty and criminality.”
“I also urge the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to source some of its non-sensitive electoral materials from Aba, going by what is on display at this fair.
“Let us start by using what we have to move the nation forward. I call for radical steps to be taken to encourage the industrialization of our country.
“We have to ban all we can ban to ensure the growth and development of our local industries if we must develop.”