The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, says Nigeria must stop the practice of importing products that it has and can produce.
Sanusi said the current economic crisis caused by the crash in global oil price, should serve as a warning that Nigeria must henceforth, utilise its resources judiciously.
The Emir stated this on Saturday, in Kaduna while inaugurating the new Council Secretariat of the Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KACCIMA).
He said: “Nigeria is full of experts in importing what we have and exporting what we do not have. We have cotton but we import textile materials from China; we have crude oil but we import fuel refined from our own crude from Russia and other countries.”
“We have gas but we let it flare away instead of utilising it to produce power, yet import generators from outside. We eat our hides and skin and import shoes from outside, and we eat our tomatoes and import canned tomatoes paste from China.”
Speaking further, the Emir advised the Federal Government to give priority to education, industries, power and agriculture.
He urged industrialists to work with the present administration on key directions to move the economy forward and to always alert government when it digresses from targeted national objectives.
The Emir added that pevalent conflicts in the country were largely due to economic hardships and not religion or tribal sentiments while noting that the resuscitation of Nigeria’s industries would provide massive employment for the millions of idle, irate and jobless youths.