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FG Raises Panel To Resuscitate textile Industry

Posted: Jul 14, 2015 at 9:25 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chibuzor Emejor  –   Abuja


Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has constituted a special committee saddled with the responsibility of resuscitating the ailing cotton, textile and garments industry in Nigeria

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sonny Echono, who set up the Committee on Monday in Abuja, lamented that cotton, textile and garments industries across the country have become “shadows of themselves” due to influx of cheap textile materials, inconsistent government policies and dumping of sub-standard textile materials in the country

Apart from this Committee, other committees raised up by the Permanent Secretary include the Committee on Operationalisation of Federal Government Storage Facilities, Committee on Strategic Action Plan for the Development of Grazing Reserves and Stock Routes Nationwide as well as the Committee on the Revitalisation of Agricultural Extension Services in Nigeria.

Echono revealed that the setting up of these Committees was part of the Presidential directive in the recent meeting the top officials of the Ministry had with President Muhammdu Buhari in Aso Rock.
While speaking on the need for the resuscitation of cotton, textile and garments industry in Nigeria, he noted that the industry had hitherto over 400,000 employees, adding that due to the deplorable state of textile and garments industry, the number of its employees has significantly reduced to about 30,000.
According to him, “the UNTH in Kaduna, textile industries in Aba and Kano, these industries alone employed over 400,000 Nigerians but today, if you go there, they are ghosts of themselves. Only about 30,000 workers are working in all these textile industries.”
“Worried and concerned on the need to create jobs and add value, because we are spending so much money in importing garments, Mr.  President gave this charge to set up this committee.”
“Only last week, we heard about another unfavourable news that a ginnery in Kano was reported that it was about closing down.”
“So, Mr. President directed that we must take a holistic approach to ensure that we resuscitate the textile industry which starts from the production of cotton and its quality.”
Echono further said that out of the 51 ginneries across the country, only 22 are fully operational with ginning capacity of 30 percent.
He however, expressed optimism that the Nigerian textile industry has the potential to compete with the best in the world, adding that the President Buhari-led administration was irrevocably committed to ensuring substantial growth in high quality cotton production to feed textile and garment industry, thereby bringing back a thriving textile and garments industry.
Part of the terms of reference of the 17-man Committee chaired by the Director of Agriculture in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. D.E. Eniaiyeju, include to “Identifying the current constraints, challenges of cotton, textile and garment sub-sector.”