• Head of Service makes case for Nigerian goods
From Juliana Taiwo- Obalonye, Abuja
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari yesterday vowed to stop pipeline vandalisation and end kidnappings. He also promised to rebuild the North- East devastated by Boko Haram insurgency.
Speaking at a meeting with a delegation from the United States Institute of Peace at the State House, Abuja, the president said the Federal Government is mobilising the military and task forces to stop the sabotage of oil facilities and kidnapping of citizens for ransom in the coastal areas.
Buhari said his administration was also placing the resettlement of displaced persons and rehabilitation of infrastructure in the Northeast on top priority list. He assured the delegation that his administration’s war against corruption will be fought within the ambit of the law and that there are mechanisms to ensure respect for human rights in the fight against terrorism.
“We attach great importance to human rights. If there are breaches, they will be investigated and dealt with,” he said.
Buhari welcomed growing international support, especially from the United States and Europe for Nigeria’s ef- forts to end Boko Haram insurgency.
The President was happy with Nigerians’ support in his government’s effort on secu- rity, corruption and economy.
Ms. Nancy Lindborg, who led the team, applreciated the progress made so far in improving on security.
She promised the continued assistance of the Institute for the on-going reconstruction and development in the country.
Meanwhile, amid dwindling resources, the federal government has called on Nigerians to patronize made- in-Nigeria goods rather than completely depending on imported products.
Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita made the call in Abuja when the Group Managing Di- rector (GMD) of OMATEK, Mrs Florence Omatule Seriki, visited her.
Oyo-Ita assured that government will sensitise Nigerians on the need to look inward
and begin to have a change of attitude towards depending wholly on foreign goods rather than encouraging the growth of our local industries and locally made products. Oyo-Ita said most import goods are inferior to local ones.
Earlier, Mrs. Seriki said the visit was to seek relevant areas of collaboration with the office so as to improve efficiency of the service for optimum performance.
Seriki recalled that OMATEK had, during the Obasanjo administration entered into such partnership with government which made it possible for the civil servants to own laptop, which helped most civil servants improved their skills in terms of information communication Technology (ICT).