History and Background
MAN is the best way to success advance progress in the manufacturing industry
The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) was established in May, 1971 as a company limited by guarantee. The establishment of the Association was motivated by the desire to have a focal point of communication and consultation between industry on the one hand, and the government and general public on the other. Hitherto, there was no institutional organ whose central focus was to give meaning to the interests, problems and aspirations of the manufacturing sector.
The establishment of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria was to provide a platform for the private sector to formulate and articulate policy suggestions that would be complementary to governments efforts at policy formulation.
MAN is in business to create a climate of opinion in this country in which manufacturers can operate efficiently and profitably for the benefit of all. As the collective voice of its members, MAN was established to promote and protect manufacturers collective interests.
The establishment of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria was therefore seen as a forum for the private sector to formulate and articulate policy suggestions that would be complementary to government’s efforts at policy formulation. MAN is in business to create a climate of opinion in this country in which manufacturers can operate efficiently and profitably for the benefit of all. As the collective voice of its members, MAN was established to promote and protect manufacturers’ collective interests.
“To be the main voice of manufacturers’ interest in Nigeria.”
“To promote, in close cooperation with our members, other organs of the Organized Private Sector (OPS), the government and other stakeholders in the economy, an enabling environment for industrial development, growth and prosperity of the society at large.”
By pursuing these objectives, the Association hopes that members would be helped to play their full part in creating wealth on which national economic prosperity and social progress depend. Overall, the task of MAN is that of helping to promote policies for a more stable and buoyant economy without which industry cannot be efficient and financially healthy. In order to do this, the Association endeavors to put across its viewpoints at national, state and local levels. Such viewpoints are the products of research and the collective experience of member companies. The basic philosophy of the Association is to ensure the well-being of its members on which the livelihood of their management, workers, customers and suppliers depends.
Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting - Abuja 2003 Business Support Group.
Specialized Committee of Stakeholders to Review the Status of the Pre-shipment Inspection Scheme Preparatory to the Introduction of Destination Inspection Scheme
Presidential Committee on Modalities for Engaging Nigerian Professionals in the Execution of Project.
Regional Organizing Committee on 3rd ECOWAS Trade Fair.
Abolition of Dual Exchange rates.
Mediating on behalf of members on issues directly affecting them Customs, Police, Ports Authority and Local Government harassments.
Successful advocacy for the take-off of support institutions i.e. Bank of Industry (BOI), SMIDA etc. to provide finance and strategic intervention for the revitalization of industries in Nigeria.
Removal of VAT on industrial machinery.
Removal of import duty on some machinery e.g. CKD for Motor Assembly Plants.
Favourable and satisfactory interpretation of the Withholding Tax Law in respect of manufacturing inputs and some services.
Establishment of Fast Track Clearing Procedures at the Ports for Bonafide Manufacturers.
Protection of local industries from multiple taxation by persuading the Federal Government to promulgate Decree 21 of 1998 which defined the taxing powers of the three tiers of government.
Institution of legal action against some unfavourable laws such as the Sales Tax law
MAN has successfully positioned itself as a leading business Association recognized and respected by Government.
In the management of the economy, the relevance of MAN has been appreciated through invitations to serve on many committees set up by government and other organizations viz:
The Association, since its establishment in 1971 has made giant strides in the areas of policy advocacy, business information and development as well as outright direct intervention.