Mr Levi Yakubu, an expert in ceramics production, says the sector has all it takes to boost the economy of the nation if given the right push.
He said this in an interview with journalists on Thursday in Abuja.
Yakubu said that with the abundant raw materials, especially clay, and with the versatility in the sector, Nigeria could benefit a lot from the sector.
He added that if more attention was paid to the sector, especially in terms of incentives and funding, ceramic product manufacturers
could produce enough for domestic use and even export.
He said “ceramic products are a confluence of science, technology and arts and occupy veritable position in human existence.
“Whether the economy is up or down, people will continue to build, so the importation continues, from table wares to toilet wares.
“Even electrical wares are imported into this country, when we have the best materials to produce these items.”
The master potter, who said he had been in the industry for over three decades, added that his company had won national and
international accolades for the country.
According to him, he is a recipient of the Order of the Niger (OON) Productivity Order of Merit and the National Raw Materials Content Award.
He said “Nigeria has its pride of place in this area in the committee of nations, so, we should capitalise on our comparative advantage.
“This is a sector that can spur the economy and boost activities.
“If you take clay and produce floor tiles, wall tiles, sanitary wares, table wares, electrical insulators, the chalk industry, the pharmaceutical
industry and even the oil and gas industry, you stand to gain a lot.”
He, therefore, urged government to shift focus to the sector “to reduce the unemployment rate in the country.”