Engr Mansur Ahmed, President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria during courtesy visit to the Emir of Kano made remarks that on behalf of the National Council and Members of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), I am honoured to convey our deep appreciation to your Highness for the opportunity to pay you a courtesy call in this historic and renowned Palace.“We are humbled by the grand and welcoming reception we received and wish to place on record that this is in keeping with the character and tradition of this royal palace. Many of my colleagues who were in Council the last time MAN visited your Highness, recall with appreciation, the warmth and grace with which you received them. Others also remember the tremendous support you extended to the Manufacturing sector throughout your tenure as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. We are therefore most gratified that your empathy for our Association and the Manufacturing sector has not in anyway diminished.”
We (MAN) are in Kano for the 300th Regular Meeting of our National Council and the Executive Committee. We are therefore pleased to pay you this courtesy visit ahead of these statutory meetings, he added.
May I take this opportunity to commend your royal highness for your untiring commitment to sustaining peace and tranquility in Kano State since you ascended the throne. This has translated to a conducive atmosphere for Manufacturers in Kano to operate. Our two Branches in Kano have informed us of the strategic interventions you have had to make at the highest level to ensure that the private sector continues to thrive and contribute maximally to the overall economic and social development of the State.
According to the MAN Boss, as an advocacy group and the umbrella body of manufacturers in Nigeria, we are committed to the creation and sustenance of a conducive environment for the manufacturing sector. We are therefore concerned about the supply side constraints that have continued to limit our capacity to compete both within and outside the country.
In the domestic market, we (MAN) struggle against unfair competition from goods imported or smuggled into the country from low cost and relatively advanced economies. Outside the country, our exports are not competitive because of the inadequacies of the macroeconomic environment, including infrastructure and export facilitation policies.
It is against this background that I would like to; once again, express our profound gratitude to your Royal Highness for graciously agreeing to give the Keynote address at our dialogue session scheduled to take place tomorrow in Kano to discuss Nigeria-China economic relations.
We are convinced that economic relations with other nations should be driven by our national interest. In this instance, we should seek to leverage on the recent scaling up of relations between China and Nigeria to support the industrial aspirations of our country and thereby cover lost grounds through re-industrialization.
Your Highness, the opportunity of this visit should not lapse without putting forward at least two pressing demands for which we solicit your intervention.
Firstly, is the urgent need for are-allocation of the land to site MAN Secretariat in Kano in order to accommodate our growing level of activities and encourage participation of our members. The parcel of land recently allocated by the Kano State Government is located at SabuwarInusawa, a very far distance from the industry clusters in the State.
Secondly, as the custodian of tradition and culture of the people, we seek your continuous endorsement of patronage of made-in-Nigeria goods as it is vital for the sustainable growth of local manufacturing.
In conclusion, I thank you for the warm reception, and on behalf of my colleagues, I wish to offer a special prayer for a long and peaceful reign for Your Highness, and enduring prosperity for the people of Kano State.