The Nigerian Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (NIEEE) says it is opposed to a planned trade mission of Turkish Electro Technology Exporters Association to flood Nigeria with imported products.
NIEEE National Chairman, Emmanuel Akinwole, said in a statement that the proposed mission by 23 Turkish firms to market their electrical goods would kill local industries.
“Nigeria produces some of the best wires and cables (low and medium voltage), power transformers, electric meters, fittings, lightings, etc that can compete favourably with any such imported products based on engineering tests and performance.
“Many of the electrical and electronic products assembly plants are operating below capacity or closing down due to government unpredictable and un-premeditating policies.
“Government intention to open our door to 23 Turkish companies through its bi-lateral agreement is an aberration and attempt to unilaterally kill local manufacturing companies and further suffocate the economy through import oriented policy.
“Our economy growth plans should support Nigerian consumption and production for export as we have the capacity to dominate sub Sahara Africa as a first step,” he said.
The association advised government to shelve the idea and focus on formulating policies that will enable local manufacturers in the sector to tap into the enormous potentials that abound in the emerging power sector and grow the economy.
“The nation needs investors not products marketers. We stand against products dumping in Nigeria of any form.
“While we may admit that there may be room for a few of these products, the government should encourage these companies to set up their plants in the country as a regional hub to develop our market , balance trade, promote technology transfer and booster our export.
“The planned mission of Turkish Electro Technology Exporters’ Association (TET) to come down to seek buyers and distributors for their products is only living up to its” the association said.