Africa Fashion Guide
A social enterprise promoting sustainability within Africa's fashion and textile industry.


November 8th, 2012

Group Urges Nigerian Govt To Resuscitate Textile Industry – FACTORY

More articles by »
Written by: Jacqueline Shaw
Tags: , , ,
nigeria clothing factory - image source:

It seems as if the textile industry around Africa is having a small revival. Nigeria has had an ongoing issue with its textile industry and seems there may be a slight silver lining. We will investigate in more detail soon but for now read below for an article from the Nigerian Guardian News for their take on todays situation of Nigerias textile industry.

THE Association of Textile Technologists of Nigeria has urged the Government to revive the textile industry to become the second largest employer of labor in Africa as it was in the past.

The call was made recently in Lagos by the National Chairman of Nigeria Textile Manufacturers, Jayeola Olanrewaju, to mark the fifth National Conference and the first International Conference of Textile Manufacturers in Nigeria.

In his keynote address, themed “Global Textile and the Market: The Role of Textile Cottage Industry in the Developing Economy,” the chairman said textile industry has capacity to minimize the rate of unemployment in the country.

He said a developing nation must harness her resources in a more effective way.

“ With recent developments in the textile industry, there is a serious decline in this sector which consequently forced the local textile industries in the country to close down and workers retrenched. The cottage textile industry will serve as a facilitator for capacity building and economic empowerment amongst Nigerian youth.

“ We call on the government to revisit the textile industry as one of the sector that can actually contribute towards solving human and national economic development by bringing back to life the infrastructural facilities to harness effective and quality production of fabrics in Nigeria.”

Jayeola stressed that garment and textile industry is daily striving for new ideas, but the constraint of decayed infrastructure in most textile factories has been the challenge of the industry.

image source:

He therefore urges the government to revamp the industry in order to promote fabrics manufactured in Nigeria.

“The revamp of the textile industry in Nigeria will greatly increase the economy turnover thereby creating greater employment opportunities. The growth will also promote global economy.”

He said the developing economy in Asia records growth rate of 4% per annum, which is greater than its home and apparel textiles with record of 1% per year.

He said considerable investment in textile industry could bring about diversification that will enable the local industry gain entrance into the ever-competitive global textile product market.


Author of this article: By Ibukunoluwa Kayode



Fashion DNA – Nigeria X UK – COLAB

Fashion DNA will bring together a range of designers, practitioners and institutions from across Nigeria and the UK to explore new ways of working through a range of seminars, workshops and networking sessions. Fashion DNA is a...
by africafashionguide

Screen shot 2014-08-20 at 21.11.26

GTBank Lagos Fashion and Design Week Announces Dates for 2014 Fashion Week – October 29 to November 1, 2014

Call for entries for LFDW Fashion Focus 2014 The Guaranty Trust Bank Lagos Fashion and Design Week (GTBank LFDW) is set to take place from October 29th to November 1st 2014 for the 4th year running. The GTBank LFDW has been at ...
by africafashionguide

Invitation (2000x 800) B 2

Pan African Designers, Grey from Nigeria, Osei Duro from Ghana, Sophie Zinga from Senegal & Thula Sindi from South Africa Head to Nigeria for the 1st Time Inauguration – 31st of August.

For 5 years, Le Petit Marche – The Little Market, birth in Nigeria to mirror the popular Portobello Market in London has been a shopping favourite since its launch in 2009, it has successfully gathered the best of the city’...
by africafashionguide


One Comment

  1. I hope something comes of this because the manufacture of textiles in Nigeria was such a huge contribution to the economy not to mention the employment of the creative talents that are abundant in Nigeria.

Leave a Reply