How Consumers Suffer When We Depend on Importation , By Adesina Adeyemi


Adebayo Ahmed Okoro started the day early, having set his alarm clock (MADE IN FINLAND) for 6 a.m. While his teapot (MADE IN CHINA) was perking, he shaved with his clipper (MADE IN HONG KONG). He put on his shirt (MADE IN THE UK), his designer jeans (MADE IN THE USA) and shoes (MADE IN ITALY).
After cooking his breakfast in his new electric cooker (MADE IN INDIA) he sat down with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO) to see how much he could spend today. After setting his wristwatch (MADE IN TAIWAN) to his radio (MADE IN VIETNAM) he got in his car (MADE IN GERMANY) filled with petrol imported from (SAUDI ARABIA) and continued his search for a good paying NIGERIAN job…
At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day checking his computer (MADE IN MALAYSIA), Adebayo Ahmed Okoro decided to relax for a while. He put on his slippers (MADE IN BRAZIL) poured himself a glass of wine (MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA), while fiddling with his mobile phone (MADE IN SOUTH KOREA), and then wondered why he can’t find a good-paying job in… NIGERIA.
He felt achy and sore in his left knee, he decided to take one tablet of his Tramadol tablets (MADE IN BANGLADESH) to relieve the pain. Lying down on his bed and wondering why NIGERIAN External Foreign Reserve has depleted to under $28billion which has translated to free fall depreciation of Nigerian NAIRA to US DOLLAR at PARALLEL MARKET.
Fellow Nigerians, let us start producing, let us start buying made in NIGERIA goods If our economy is to grow and create better jobs.
How can a country like Nigeria be importing toothpick, cutting bud, cotton wool, matches, rubber band etc.? And we complain at the same time that there are no jobs for our teeming youths?
The situation is even pathetic now when you see Nigerians (in Lagos) prefer Cotonou garri to that of Ijebu, buy Cotonou pineapple and they say it is better than that of Nigeria. That is why frozen foods will be exported to Cotonou from farms like that of Olusegun Obasanjo repacked and imported back to Nigeria because they know Nigerians always prefer made in outside Nigeria goods.
That is why you see an expatriate remuneration will be juicy than that of his Nigeria counterpart even if that Nigerian is more certificated than the expatriate (This also happens in government parastatals).
Any nation that imports majorly foreign made goods/services rather than producing their own is hurting its people and its economy.
When we keep importing foreign made products into Nigeria, we keep importing poverty into our country and exporting jobs abroad.
Let’s go back to the land to grow and patronise MADE-IN-NIGERIA products.


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