Nigeria: MAN Urges Manufacturers to Look Inwards for Raw Materials

Following trade restrictions in some of Nigeria’s trading partners due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the President of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Mr. Mansur Ahmed, has advised manufacturers in the country to look inwards.

He told THISDAY that with the disruption in the supply chain, manufacturers now have to look inwards for sourcing of raw materials.

He added: “Initially there was a restriction from India for pharmaceutical raw materials but they have relaxed that now. Now every manufacturer has to think through and find ways they can remain afloat.

“We also need to be looking for locally made raw materials to see if we can source those materials locally because there a lot of materials that can be substituted,” he said.

The Head of Consulting at Agusto Consulting Limited, Mr. Jimi Ogbobine, identified one of the core issues that has come to the fore due to the pandemic as the structure of global supply chains.

He said: “Prior to the pandemic, China served as the global manufacturing hub, with 40 per cent of the world’s manufacturing output. However, the pandemic exposed the underlying issues with this concentration risk. The lockdowns and restrictions on foreign travel imply that the pace of globalisation will be slowed down over the next 12 to 18 months.

“Thus, there are underlying risks with undue dependence on Chinese supply chains. The Chinese supply chains offer the competitive advantage of low cost and high efficiency. This model has been successfully replicated by mainly south east Asian countries like Thailand and Vietnam but not on the scale of China.