Textiles workers lament deplorable state of industrialisation in Nigeria
Textiles Workers have lamented the deplorable state of industrialisation in the country, urging the Federal Government to ensure that locally produced fabrics are patronised to boost domestic production.
The leaders of the Textiles Workers Union specifically called on President Muhammadu Buhari not to allow the legacies of the nation’s past regional leaders in promoting industrial development to die.
Fielding questions from Journalists to commemorate the African Industrialisation Day, as recognised by the United Nations (UN) and on the heels of the wedding reception of the son of the national President of Textiles workers union, John Adaji, the Union leaders called on Government to make frantic effort to rescue Nigeria’s manufacturing sector from collapse.
The National President, National Union of Textiles, Garments and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN), John Adaji said, “We need a government that is committed to industrialisation of Nigeria”.
According to him, Nigerians have been subjected to lamentations over the comatose state of industries in the country, while the nation’s leaders showed little or no political will to re-industrialise the country.
“In those days of our great leaders like Ahmadu Bello, Nnamdi Azikiwe and Obafemi Awolowo, among others, there was competition over industrialisation of the North, the West and the Eastern zones. But today we are just into lamentations over comatose industries in the country.
“In the 70s and 80s when the population of Nigeria was less than what we have now, there were several industries everywhere in the country. But today we are over 200 million people and we cannot boast of functional industries that should triple that of the early 70s.
“It is lamentation because every successive government has been proved wrong in terms of improving the situation. There was no policy consistency in transforming the manufacturing sector.
“The implication of these comatose industries is the insecurity we are witnessing today because one thing leads to another. It has also led to massive youth unemployment.
“One of the solutions to this ugly situation is that our leaders should develop political Will to solve these socio-economic problems. We have the manpower and the population to transform the manufacturing sector”
Adaji specifically urged the government to initiate an executive order to compel the military to source all uniforms from locally produced fabrics.
He said: “Take the population of the armed forces in Nigeria and the uniforms they wear in Nigeria; if the uniforms of the Generals and all other ranks are produced in Nigeria, there will be a serious attempt to transform our textiles industry”.