By Naomi Uzor
Haffar Industrial Co. Limited has set an agenda for the incoming new Minister of Commerce and Industry.Â Specifically, the company said it would like the new Minister to usher in a strong policy that can halt the sneaking in ofÂ smuggled textile products in to the country.
In an interview after presentation of MANCAP certificate to the company by Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), General Manager,Â Mr. MichaelÂ Ola Adebayo, said smuggled textiles is still a headache to operators in the sector, stressing â€œwe urge the new Minister to take up this matter with the Chinese authorities in earnest to prevent a total collapse of the local industry.â€
â€œThe rampant faking and counterfeiting of trade marks of Nigerian textile manufacturers, particularly by the Chinese exporters has caused a serious injury to the Nigerian textile industry,â€ he observed.
Adebayo said part of the problems militating the Nigerian textile industry growth, starting from planting and cultivation of cotton, increase in custom andÂ import duty on synthetic fibres from 5 per cent to 10 per cent, high cost of production, marketing of finished products to the final consumers and the self imposed potent problems of substandard, counterfeiting and fake smuggling textile materials lying every where in the country.
â€œWe suggest that diplomatic channels should be employed to tackle the influx of these goods through the boarders with our neighbouring countries, also, the regulatory and security outfits of government should be empowered to frontally address this menace. Patronage of Nigerian products should be cardinal objective of the government in its effort to revive textile industry, the revival of the industrial sector remains the most viable route to job creation, poverty eradication, wealth creation and national economic developmentâ€ he stated.