Reps calls for revamping of textile industries

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Government to revive the textile industries in Kaduna and Kano axis to boost employment in the country.

The House made the call on Thursday at plenary following a motion under matters of urgent national importance moved by Mr. Sunday Katung (PDP, Kaduna State).

Leading the debate, Katung explained that Kaduna Textile Limited which is one of the oldest mills in the country established in 1957 was shut down in 2002 with its over 7,000 employees laid off.

He expressed concern that there were local textile companies trying to raise their voice with various designs and fabric in the Nigerian market.

The lawmaker added that there was still a wide gap that needed to be filled in the industry, saying “it is undeniable that the lost glory is yet to be restored.

“It is hard to believe that the Nigerian textile industry once occupied an enviable spot of being the third largest in Africa .

“The industry also generated as much as two billion dollars annually with a capacity of producing over 1.4 billion pieces of textile product,” he said.

Contributing to the motion, Rep. Abubakar Amuda-Kannike (APC, Kwara) said that the Chinese should be encouraged to invest in the Nigerian textile industry.

“The way forward of revamping the textile industry is to fix our technology. We need foreign companies to come into Nigeria and help our textile industry to improve foreign earnings.’

Speaking further, Mr. Tahir Monguno (APC, Borno), said that textile industry was one of Nigeria’s major sources of raw materials which needed to be revived.

A unanimous adoption of the motion was thereafter taken following a voice vote by majority on the floor.

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