By Ossom Raphael
Abuja – As Nigeria continues to record new cases of Corona Virus, otherwise known as COVID-19, the Federal Government through the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, has encouraged manufacturers to scale up their production of essential commodities needed to curtail the spread of the virus.
The measures were part of the outcome of a meeting convened by the ministry in Abuja with the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) and other key stakeholders to proactively address the challenges, potential threats and impact of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic on the Nigerian economy.
Otumba Adebayo Adeniyi, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, said measures agreed upon are to provide requisite facilities and supplies for the prevention of COVID-19 in line with the extant guideline of the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC).
“All industries are encouraged to do their utmost best to sustain ongoing operations in order to avoid reduction or shutdown of production activities.
” Manufacturers are encouraged to scale up their production especially of essential commodities such as pharmaceuticals, consumables, sanitary and hygiene products needed to curtail the spread of the virus”, he said.
The minister further said that the Federal Government will do everything possible to support industries to sustain their operations and where necessary even stimulate a surge in production of essential commodities especially medicines and sanitary products.
On his part. Mr. Munsur Ahmed, President of MAN, said the discussions centred on fiscal and monetary measures to be taken, to assist the manufacturing sector to remain afloat.
Mr. Ahmed disclosed that the association has identified a number of issues to be submitted to the Federal Government for approval to cushion the effect of the virus.
He was optimistic that if the measures discussed are approved, they would go a long way in sustaining production of goods in the country.