- Acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, says the present administration is committed to ensuring that government and its citizens patronise locally made products
- Osinbajo states that preference must be given to indigenous providers of goods and services to strengthen the system
- The acting president urges Nigerians to buy and use Nigerian products
Acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, has said Nigerians must eat and drink Nigerian products at state banquets.
Osinbajo said the present administration was committed to ensuring that government and its citizens patronise locally made products.
The acting president made the statement at an interactive session he had with top government officials on the ease of doing business at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday, May 18, The Punch reports.
He said the government would work out incentives for performance by building reward system that punishes malfeasance and that preference must be given to indigenous providers of goods and services to strengthen the system.
Osinbajo said: "I agree that a system of rewarding performance, and punishing malfeasance is key. We must work out incentive schemes even as we tighten up sanctions regimes.
“We hit 70 percent quickly on the 60 days of ease or doing business target because of the cooperation of all the agencies like ministry of interior, immigrations, customs etc and that is why the remaining 30percent we will also achieve and deliver. I will hold myself accountable to it and I will also hold you accountable.
“Usually, we blame the system. But the system is men and women not machines. So we can and must reform it. These proposed executive orders present a unique opportunity to perform. Ladies and gentlemen let us perform.
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“The President has laid out a cornerstone policy of this administration. We must grow what we eat and make what we use. The President again enunciated this principle in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan…Buy Nigerian, Use Nigerian.
“So we must now insist that at state banquets we eat and drink Nigerian.”
NAIJ.com had reported earlier that Osinbajo signed three executive orders that will significantly change some of the ways government business and operations are conducted in the country forthwith.
Specifically, Mr. Osinbajo signed three executive orders giving specific instructions on a number of policy issues affecting:
"The promotion of transparency and efficiency in the business environment designed to facilitate the ease of doing business in the country.
"Timely submission of annual budgetary estimates by all statutory and non-statutory agencies, including companies owned by the Federal Government and"
"Support for local contents in public procurement by the Federal Government."
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