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.
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