Simon Kolawole: We’re killing industry in Nigeria softly, steadily

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3 Responses

  1. Oseiwe Ibhagui says:

    You all talk too much, and some are even part of the problem; I’ve encountered them here when I try to contact them having been impressed by their write-ups.

    I challenge you to a discussion on this or any other topic on Nigeria and progress( it seems both should never be found in the same sentence). I am immeasurably frustrated.

    @OIbhagui

  2. Dr Shehu Mahdi says:

    I started an oil mill seven years ago, to prepare for my retirement. I went through a very difficult process to get it registered by NAFDAC. We were producing groundnuts oil. The cake was used by chicken farmers and the sludge for soap making. The business was meant to help our farmers. I am forced to close permanently. Reasons:- 1.Multiple taxations. 2. Too many regulatory bodies 3. Difficulties in obtaining credit and high cost of money.4. High production cost because we have to use generators. 5.Government policy of allowing import of cooking oil with import duty waiver, making it cheaper than what we produce locally.
    I have totally lost confidence in all the economic policy pronouncement. If you add corruption to all, then forget
    About industrialization and agriculture. The result will be massive unemployment and social unrest. God save us and let our leaders serve Nigeria

  3. OmogeNaija says:

    On killing Industry in Nigeria, thank you Simon Kolawole, you spoke well and that’s nothing but the truth. Our problem is that most of us are selfish 1, and 2, we define personal success by our account balances. Recently I spoke to someone about producing a particular item for commercial purposes, he immediately said I could produce it in Italy and brand it in my name (I’m a Nigerian, I live in Lagos), I was like NO! fine I’ll make profit, may be more than what I’ll make if produced locally, but it would make Nigeria poorer. I just wish/hope/pray/desire that we would focus on producing electricity; it would solve half our problems in Nigeria