army-bootsThe Nigerian Army’s purchase of 50,000 pairs of boots from local shoe manufacturers in Aba, Abia State, will strengthen the nation’s economy, a cross section of Nigerians in Awka have said.

Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews on Monday, the residents urged the manufacturers to maintain the quality of the boots in order to encourage patronage.

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An Awka-based businessman, Mr Afam Okeke, said: “The Nigerian Army has done a good job by patronizing made in Nigeria goods of this quantity.

“When other establishments of government do same, the amount of money that will be in circulation will be much and will help ease us out of the current recession.

“What the Army has done – ordering 50,000 boots from a local manufacturer – is leading by example, which others should emulate,’’ Okeke said.

Nigerians call on manufacturers to maintain standard

Stanley Ogba, a student, called on local manufacturers to maintain the standard they have set for their products.

“It will be hard for Nigerian Manufacturers to maintain the standard they used for their first products when there is more demand from other patronizers.

Chief Anayo Ileka, a financial analyst, urged manufacturers in the country to apply global best practice in the production of their goods.

“In as much as the move will generate jobs for the teeming youths, buying made in Nigeria goods will also conserve foreign exchange.

“Even if their gain in the transaction is not much, local manufacturers should maintain the standard they have started with for it pays in the long run than lowering the quality of their products later on in an attempt to maximise profit,” he stated.