The Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment of Nigeria, Hajiya Aâ€™isha Abubakar, at the 28th Annual National Education Conference of the National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN) and the Nigerian Textile, Garment and Tailoring Employers Association (NTGTEA) in Benin said that the government plans are underway for Nigerian military and para-military personnel to use made in Nigeria textile for their uniforms.
The government is presently also is in discussion with the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on how to stop smuggling of textiles materials into the country through the nationâ€™s border posts.
The other plan is to reduce production cost, especially the cost of gas. They are working out ways to change gas pricing from dollar to naira.
The government, worried by the state of textile industry in the country, would revive the sector by ensuring that made in Nigeria textile was patronized by Nigerians. Also school uniforms, military and para-military uniforms, uniforms of the NYSC should be made in Nigeria with Nigerian fabrics, they must patronize their produce at home.
Earlier, the President of the NUTGTWN, John Adaji, urged the federal government officials to wear clothing from fabrics made in Nigeria to encourage local textile manufacturers.
He advised President Muhamadu Buhari to shift from rhetoric to practical actions on the nationâ€™s textile industry, saying that his achievement would be measured by the success he recorded in reviving the textile sector.
The Director General of the NTGTEA, Hamman Kwajjaffa, said that poor electricity supply remained major challenge in reviving the ailing textile sector. He condemned smuggling of textile goods from Asia and other parts of Europe into Nigeria.
The General Secretary of NUTGTWN and National Vice President, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Isa Aremu, said that the recent re-orientation campaign launched by Buhari should be embraced by especially members of his cabinet. In fact, the new change mantra must start from the textile industry with the president, vice president and ministers wearing made in Nigeria textiles.
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