The minister of State for Trade, Industry and Investment, Hajia Aishat Abubakar, has reaffirmed federal government commitment towards addressing the myriads of challenges besetting the nation’s textile industry.
The Senior Human Resources Manager, Lucky Fibres Limited, Mrs Kemi Ajibade lamented the slow pace of development in the sector as a result of unfavourable government policies and infrastructure deficit.
She stated that activities in the company have been at a low ebb as a result of epileptic power, limited raw materials occasioned by foreign exchange restrictions.
Ajibade also pointed that illegal activities of smugglers is rubbing off negatively on the firm’s turnover. “an average Nigerian cannot identify quality products, but will prefer to go for what is cheap in the market even if it does not serve for a long time.
“We urge government to assist us in addressing the activities of smuggling. If you visit Alaba Market, you will see different kinds of sub standard carpets and rugs being displayed for sale” she pleaded.
She, however, solicited urgent interventions of government in the industry and also pleaded with the government to patronise the firm.
“The textile sector has the capacity to absorb more workers than any other sector in the economy.We need government’s patronage to boost our capacity. As at today, the company has 2500 direct and indirect staff in its payroll, if we are able to operate in full capacity, we will be able to engage more hands and reduce unemployment in the country. “
The Minister expressed satisfaction with the sophisticated equipment and quality products of the company.