PRINTERS CALL ON FG TO PROVIDE ENABLING ENVIRONMENT FOR THE SURVIVAL OF PRINTING INDUSTRY IN NIGERIA POST COVID-19

Nigeria printers have called on the Federal Government to create an enabling environment for the printing industry post covid-19.

This call was made recently by the Chairman in council of the Chartered Institute of Professional Printers of Nigeria (CIPPON) Olugbemi Malomo during an interview session on how the Federal government can join hands with the printing industry to ensure the development of local capacity and also keep the industry alive post COVID-19.

The chairman of the institute made it clear in his statement that the COVID-19 saga has changed the country’s priority from how to create jobs to how to sustain existing ones even as business will never be the same again in the new normal

According to Malomo, Nigeria printers are hardworking citizens of this country and thus seek for government’s protection for their businesses through enactment of the institute’s ACT that will ensure government agencies patronize our local printers and all printing jobs remain here with us in Nigeria

Malomo went further to state that the government spends one trillion naira annually to procure paper and paper related material from overseas and this can be reversed as it can be done locally.

Malomo further stressed that steps has been taken to educate and sensitize Nigeria printers on how to stay safe during this period of global pandemic. In his words; “it is only when we are alive we will be able to do business and part of what keeps the printers alive is their businesses because there is also pandemic of hunger in the country.”

When asked if there is a plan for printers post covid-19, he said; “Yes we have a plan for post-COVID-19. We have a 32-page document for the post Covid-19 that will ensure the survival of the industry.

Tabled with the question of what CIPPON duties are, Malomo said “We train and license people, without our license one cannot practice printing business in Nigeria.” He stated.