The Federal Government on Monday said it was engaging local auto manufacturers in the country to modify their operations in a manner that would enable them to produce ventilators.
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, said this during a media briefing on the efforts of the government to curtail the negative impact of coronavirus pandemic on the manufacturing, trade and other related sectors of the economy.
He said the local production of ventilators had become imperative as it was one of the critical equipment for the treatment of COVID-19 pandemic
He also said the ministry was mobilising the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control as well as the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, to speed up certification procedures for essential items needed by Nigerians in preventing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
Through collaboration with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, the minister said the two organisations would also help identify and augment the list of essential goods and services needed to tackle the pandemic.
He listed some of the items to include hand sanitizers, face masks, needles, goggles, gloves, sodium hypo chloride and digital thermometers.
Adebayo said, “We are engaging our indigenous car manufacturers at this time to prepare themselves to tweak their operations to begin the manufacture of made-in-Nigeria’ ventilators – a critical medical equipment in the fight against the virus.”
The minister also said that the impact of the pandemic had reinforced the need for a post-COVID-19 committee that would address challenges as the nation prepared for the future.
Also speaking at the media briefing, the President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Mansur Ahmed, said the Nigerian manufacturers had been producing over 27 million masks monthly as against the two million that it produced previously.