MAN urges members to sustain production of essential commodities


The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has urged its members to sustain ongoing operations and scale up production of essential commodities needed to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

A statement by its President, Mansur Ahmed, urged members to provide requisite facilities and supplies for the prevention of COVID-19, like improving production especially of essential commodities such pharmaceuticals, consumables, sanitary and hygiene products needed at this time.

The MAN president also appealed to the government to provide safety nets to ensure easy operations as well as reasonable access to industrial supplies and inputs such as gas, electricity supply, fuel and other essential infrastructure needs.

He also advocated that the financial support offered by Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) be extended to the supply of forex to the manufacturing sector at pre-COVID-19 rates, while commercial banks should be directed to freeze interest charges in the event of a lock down, waivers on import duties on Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs), and other essential products.

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