The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has appealed to Nigerian political leaders and influential people in society to encourage indigenous companies by buying locally-produced goods.
He said doing so would assist small-scale firms to perform better and create more jobs.
Oba Ogunwusi made the appeal on Friday in Ile-Ife at the closing ceremony of the Ooni Annual Women Empowerment Workshop.
No fewer than 500 women were trained to produce cosmetics, disinfectant, footwear and other items.
The monarch said small -scale manufacturers would be encouraged to do better if they enjoyed patronage from Nigerians.
He noted that Nigeria had a big population which could make many business endeavours successful.
He stated that some Nigerians were helping to create more jobs in foreign countries where the products they bought were produced.
The Ooni said his dresses, shoes and many other personal items were produced in Nigeria.
He said, “Many Nigerian leaders prefer foreign goods to the ones produced locally. This habit is killing the local industries and encouraging capital flight.”
The Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment, Dr. Nasiru Mohammed, also urged the participants at the empowerment programme to make good use of the skills they had learnt.
– Punch Newspaper