Sterling Bank says it has concluded plans to champion the use of locally manufactured goods and services as part of its commitment to the growth of the Nigerian economy.
In a statement on Monday in Lagos, the bank said the decision was in line with the emphasis of the Federal Government to patronize made in Nigeria goods.
It said against the background the bank had earmarked this week to champion the campaign for made in Nigeria goods beginning from April 25 to 29.
Mr. Abubakar Suleiman, the bank’s Executive Director, Finance & Strategy, said the week was an opportunity to promote a sense of pride and confidence in Nigerian grown brands.
“For the entire week, we intend to showcase and celebrate everything Nigerian as a brand that supports our indigenously manufactured products.
“This is why we want to start with our staff by setting aside a week when we will wear only fabrics and other locally made products to the office,” he said.
He added that other initiatives already undertaken by the bank to promote local entrepreneurs include its partnership with Innoson Motors Ltd.
According to him, the bank chose the company, being the first indigenous manufacturer of vehicles and to finance the purchase of locally made vehicles produced by it.
Suleiman said the bank also supported the financing and business patronage of Labana Rice Mills, an indigenous rice mill amongst others.
He said the campaign would also serve as an avenue to create employment, especially for the Nigerian entrepreneurs involved in the production of goods.
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