MAN reaffirm it’s mandate of advocate for a conducive business environment for manufacturers

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Otunba Francis Meshioye, said I  welcome you (journalists) all to the 7th edition of the MAN Reporter of the Year Award and 2023 Presidential Media Luncheon.
He acknowledge the presence of some esteemed members of MAN National Council from some of our branches and sectoral groups who have joined me to celebrate our friends in the media today.
“Today’s engagement is momentous for me as this will be our first official meeting since my election as the 11th President of the prestigious Manufacturers Association of Nigeria. Of course, while I was Chairman of the Ikeja branch, I have had course to interact with some of you on several occasions, but this is on a larger scale. I am happy to be working with such a supportive group for the next four years as President, he added.
“As you are aware, the mandate of MAN is to advocate for a conducive business environment for manufacturers. I am positive that together we can get the government to implement policies that would guarantee the sustainability of the economy’s productive sector.
MAN President said your outstanding support through the years is indeed worthy of commendation. My predecessors have spoken very highly of your contributions to the growth of the sector and I can attest to that. Partnering with you is such a worthy undertaking.
“Thank you for your selflessness and your significant contribution to our advocacy mandate.
“I must acknowledge the role you played during the Association’s 50th Annual General Meeting (AGM), particularly the exposure you gave to the Exhibition of Made-in-Nigeria products which was held from October 17-19, 2022 at the Lagos Oriental Hotel. According to Meshioye, It is important to equally state that our theme for the 50th AGM, “An Agenda for Nigeria’s Industrialization for the Next Decade” has become the bedrock for the Association’s advocacy direction for the coming years.
“We have, over the years, highlighted the pain points of manufacturers in Nigeria.
In his words: We remain committed to our principal objective of advocating for a conducive environment where manufacturing business can thrive, so that we can create wealth and employment opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths in the society.
Meshioye continue, MAN is also being strategic in its engagement during this electioneering year to place its issues on the front burner. We have engaged the Presidential aspirants on the importance of having a virile and competitive manufacturing sector. We have equally pushed at different fora with major political contenders to incorporate the need to accelerate the growth and development of the manufacturing sector in their economic agenda.
In this regard, he said we have availed all the political parties with our Blueprint for the Accelerated Development of Manufacturing in Nigeria as well as the agenda for manufacturing in Nigeria for the next 10 years.
“During my tenure as President, with the support of the Secretariat, the Association will reinvigorate its advocacy focus on the following mandates: To Improve evidence-based advocacy through proactive engagement with legislators, policymakers, regulators, and other stakeholders;
Increase the output of the manufacturing sector and its contribution to GDP to 20% by 2030; Increase export of Nigerian manufactured products to other African Countries and beyond; Promote manufacturing sector employment through capacity building, new technologies, and professional advisory services; Promote inclusive inter-industry linkage between SMIs and large corporations by encouraging the development of industry value chains, industrial parks, and collaboration with academia; Extend MAN’s advocacy outreach at regional and continental levels through robust membership in and collaboration with relevant institutions; Drive MAN’s effectiveness through continuous improvement of human resources, technology enablement, corporate governance, and financial viability;
Improve the quality of membership services by promoting a more conducive operating environment, improving the availability of public services, access to finance, providing information to members, and promoting patronage of made-in-Nigeria products; and
Ensure effective and timely dissemination of MAN’s views and positions to all arms of government, members, and the public through print, social and electronic media.
“As our partners on this advocacy journey, we are not in doubt that the actualization of these mandates is a shared responsibility and we shall deliver with your unwavering support.
“I must say that I was deeply impressed by the submission of the independent committee that reviewed the media entries for 2022 adding that The feedback qualified the competition as keenly contested judging from the quality of the published and broadcasted works.
However, MAN boss said their observation was that the number of submissions does not equate the population of media partners who equally gave the Association wide coverage and in-depth reportage.
“Hence, I would like to encourage those who do not submit entries to kindly do so this year. This will make the award a lot more competitive. Also, I will like to know if there is anything we can do to make participation more interesting or easier., he noted.
“The result of the entries will be announced later by the Director, Corporate Services Division. Before then, I wish to state that I am proud of everyone who made an effort to submit their works and did an excellent job in projecting the advocacy prayers and image of the Association.
“This year, we have undertaken some restructuring within the system to ensure that we work more closely with you, our partners. We shall undertake more innovative and more strategic advocacy mechanisms that will scale-up the manufacturing sector’s performance and its contribution to the economy, he concluded.

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