Former Emir of Kano said that the federal government must be determined in its insistence that anything the country could produce locally, with some level of comparative advantage, should not be imported in order to boost the economy, create employment and reduce poverty.
He advised the federal government to mobilise West African countries to have a uniform high tariff that would discourage importation of products like rice and textiles.
This, according to him, would be more reliable than the current border closure the federal government imposed since August 2019. “The closure of the borders can only be a temporary solution. We need to engage our neighbours and agree that all of us in West Africa need to create a situation where we do not import that which we can produce locally. So that our farmers are not wiped out by farmers in Thailand and India and our textiles are not wiped out by textiles from China.
The former Emir of Kano said that his eyes are not on political appointments or electoral office because they are not the only ways of rendering public service.
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