The Chartered Institute of Professional Printers of Nigeria (CIPPON), has urged INEC to patronise local printers for paper used during elections to stimulate economic growth in the country.
The President of CIPPON, Malomo Olugbemi, who made the call yesterday in Abuja said if Nigeria is going to make meaningful development to move from a consumer nation to a producing one, “we need a paradigm shift whereby big government spenders like INEC and UBEC should be using our money to develop local production capacity.”
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Olugbemi said all the over 1.2 billion books printed annually in Nigeria are imported into the country.
He said attaining production of over 3 million tons of pulp and paper requirements in Nigeria would have a positive impact on Nigeria’s foreign exchange and help increase the employment of 50,000 persons currently working in the sector.
“Two decades ago, over 400, 000 people were employed in the paper supply chain at the inception of the three paper mills established in Nigeria. How many people will be gainfully employed in a 100 percent local production of pulp and paper?”
The current model of paper importation in a fragile and challenged global supply chain system is no longer sustainable and every player in the value chain must as a necessity embrace and begin to prepare for the reality of the need to change to local production of pulp and paper for the competitiveness and survival of our businesses.”