Youths under the auspices of Junior Chamber International (JCI) on Monday drum support to federal government campaign to patronize made in Nigeria product as a possible way out of the biting recession faced in the Country.
The rally with the theme “Think Nigeria out of Recession” saw the youths marching through major streets in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
The Convener of the group, and President JCI, Edo state chapter, also urged the federal government to boost employment by embarking on some structural reforms.
He said, agriculture as an alternative sure route out of recession must be encouraged by Federal, state and local government by giving farmers and SMEs soft loan to boost local production.
According to him, “The essence of this sensitization rally is to change people attitude about Nigeria. We are aware today that Nigerians are showing lackadaisical attitude to our economy thus the essence of this rally is to reawaken their unconsciousness on the reason why they should take our economy as their own project.
He continued, “We are using this medium to call on the FG to declare a state of emergency on power sector. Also we are appealing to relevant government agency to give out soft loans to farmers and small and medium scale enterprise as a way out of recession and encouraging Nigerians to patronise made in Nigeria goods. We are urging the Federal, state government and local government as the case may be to boost local production as a way out of recession.
“Nigerians should stop using recession as an avenue to inflate prices of goods and services. Diversification of Nigeria economy is a cure”.
The group also stopped at the NUJ Secretariat in Benin was recieved by the NUJ Chairman, Sir Rolland Osakue commended the Junior Chamber International for putting up the rally to sensitize citizens on the need to patronise made in Nigeria goods to boost the economy.
Osakue stressed that farming has come to stay and as such should be supported by government and other bodies as there is a believe “that if we agree to work together including other organisations across the country, the problem of the country will be over in the shortest possible time”.
According to him, “We are particularly happy because you are part of those who have chosen the part honour by choosing to add your voices to the clamour that the Nigeria government should begin to think Nigeria and act Nigeria. It is a laudable action.”