ABUJA, DECEMBER 1, 2016 – The House of Representatives, Thursday called on the Federal Government to immediately ensure the revival of the textile industries in Kaduna and Kano States
The call was sequel to a motion brought under matters of urgent national importance by Hon. Sunday Katung (PDP-Kaduna), which was adopted by the House.
Katung while moving the motion, said KadunaTextile limited which is one of the oldest mills in the country and was established in 1957 was shut down in 2002 with its over 7,000 employees laid off.
The lawmaker expressed concern that there were local textile companies trying to keep up with various designs and fabrics in the Nigerian market.
According to him, 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.
He further said: “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 2 billion dollars annually with a capacity of producing over 1.4 billion pieces of textile product.”
Hon. Abubakar Amuda-Kannike (APC-Kwara) while supporting the motion said that Chinese Companies should be encouraged to invest in the Nigerian textile industry.
“We need foreign companies to come into Nigeria and help our textile industry to improve foreign earnings,” he said.
Another member, Tahir Monguno (APC-Borno), said that one of the major source of income for the country was the textile industries and its revival would do the country a lot of good.