The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, on Monday stated that as soon as the federal government begins the implementation of the 2016 budget, he would only ride in cars made in Nigeria.
He also declared that all 17 agencies under the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology would be advised to use only Nigerian made cars, stressing that the move was to promote the use of made in Nigeria goods.
Onu made the declaration when he played host to a delegation from Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Limited at the headquarters of the ministry in Abuja.
He disclosed that vehicles manufactured in Nigeria had 60 per cent local content.
Onu said, “ we can now see vehicles that are manufactured in Nigeria with 60 per cent local input. This is a great feat and we will cooperate and collaborate with you and will lead the very urgent need in Nigeria to patronise Nigerian made goods. The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology will do it by example.
“We are just waiting for the budget to be out. But I will like to make this known to Nigerians that as soon as the budget is out, the minister of science and technology will only drive in cars made in Nigeria and this include vehicles in the Ministry of Science and Technology. Also, all our 17 agencies will be directed to patronise Nigerian made vehicles.
“We believe that leadership by example is the best form of leadership and this ministry will carry this beyond here.
This will ensure that we find value in the things that we produce. There is no other way that Nigeria can become a great nation except when we as Nigerians patronise goods made in Nigeria.”
He, however, assured the group that the government would back local manufacturers by providing a hitch free atmosphere for the operators in the manufacturing sector, adding that this would create wealth for Nigeria.