The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has urged the Textile Workers’ Union of Nigeria to do more on advocacy to encourage Nigerians to prefer made-in-Nigeria textiles.
Osinbajo made the call on Thursday when a delegation of the Union, led by its National President and General-Secretary, Mr Oladele Dosunmu and Mr Issa Aremu, paid him a courtesy visit at the State House.
He said many Nigerians had become used to imported goods to the detriment of locally-manufactured ones, adding that “people want to be fashionable, people want to wear nice things.”
He, however, stressed the need for effective advocacy by the textile industry and unions to change such attitude in favour of Nigerian products.
He reminded the Union that President Muhammadu Buhari had said repeatedly during campaigns and afterwards that he would revive the textile industry which would create more jobs for Nigerians, adding that the promise would be fulfilled.
“We can create a significant number of jobs if we revive and sustain the textile industry and the time has come for us to get back to the textile industry value chain,” he declared.
The vice president acknowledged various challenges facing the industry, including smuggling and the problem of power shortage but said it was the desire of the present administration to solve the problems.
According to him, power supply is critical to the industry and government is working hard to provide adequate power for industries and other uses.
Osinbajo said it was the intention of the administration to locate power plants for and around industrial locations, adding that there was the need for consumers to address the issue of paying for the facility in order to sustain it.
“It is important for the Union to dialogue with the power companies. The time has come for us as a nation to achieve something meaningful in this direction,” he said.
He then …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper