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Published On: Fri, Feb 9th, 2018

Buhari committed to revival of textile industry – Minister

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From Femi Oyelola kaduna

The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar has said the revival of the nation’s textile Industry is very dear to the heart of this administration under President Muhammad Buhari.
She made this known when she paid a working visit to the headquarters of the National Union of Textiles Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria(NUTGTWN) in Kaduna.
Abubakar indicated that the present government had reviewed the present policy on cotton, saying, “once we produce cotton enough, we can supply our textiles. “
“‘Also having gone round I understand that the issue of power too is necessary for our textiles. So since 2015, the sector had remained very dear to our heart This administration under President Muhammad Buhari will definitely do something.
‘Without mincing words. We are working round the clock to revive the textiles. The commitment and passion are there,” She added.
Earlier, the General Secretary of the Textiles Workers Union, Comrade Issa Aremu commended the Federal Government for launching the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).
However, he opined that, ‘it is surprising the National Cotton, Textile & Garment (CTG) policy was not built into the ERGP, saying, ‘the government should ensure the implementation of Cotton, Textile and Garment (CTG) policy as adopted by the Federal Government since 2014.
According to him, despite the efforts by the Federal Government, the textile industry is yet to revive, adding that, “‘Only recently, the industry recorded about 700 direct job losses due to retrenchment in some of the remaining factories.”

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