The Minister of State for Trade, Industry and Investment, Hajia Aishat Abubakar during his facility tour to Lucky Fibres limited, makers of Noble Rug and Carpet in Lagos made the pledge to address the myriads of challenges besetting the nationâ€™s textile industry.
Receiving the minister, Senior Human Resources Manager, Mrs. Kemi Ajibade of Lucky Fibres Limited, expressed concern about the slow pace of development in the sector as a result of unfavourable government policies and infrastructure deficit.
According to Ajibade, activities in the company have been at low ebb as a result of epileptic power, limited raw materials occasioned by foreign exchange restrictions , hence, under utilisation of equipment.
Also the illegal activities of smugglers is taking its toll on the firmâ€™s turn over as an average Nigerian cannot identify quality products, they prefer to go for cheap products in the market even if it does not serve for a long time.
The company urge government to assist them in addressing the activities of smuggling. If you visit Alaba Market, different kinds of substandard carpets and rugs are seen displayed for sales.
Ajibade solicited urgent interventions of government in the industry by patronising the firm.
While commending the company for promoting the federal government â€œmade in Nigeria â€ initiative, she urged players in the sector to be at patient with the government, pointing out that, the administration is considering a holistic approach to tackle the highlighted challenges bedeviling the country.
According to Ajibade, the Nigerian textile sector has the capacity to absorb more workers than any other sector in the economy. They need governmentâ€™s patronage to boost their capacity. As at today, the company has 2500 direct and indirect staff in its payroll, if they are able to operate in full capacity, they will be able to engage more hands and reduce unemployment in the country
The minister expressed satisfaction with the high grade sophisticated equipment and quality produce of the company.
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