By EMEKA MAMAH
Benin City-The Federal Government has re-affirmed its determination to resuscitate textile industries in the country as aÂ step towards generating more jobs for the unemployed.
AccordingÂ to Acting President Goodluck Jonathan, government earmarked N100 billion in the 2010 budget even as he noted that the implementation of the Vision 20:2020 programme wouldÂ enhance the nationâ€™s general development in all spheres of the economy.
Jonathan spoke in Kaduna at the weekend in a message he sent on the occasion of the opening ceremony of the 31st edition of the Kaduna international Trade Fair.
The minister of state for commerce, Mr. Humphrey Abah, represented Jonathan at the ceremony. According to the acting president, â€œWe are working to resuscitate the nearly collapsed textile industry and government has earmarked the sum of 100 billion naira in this yearâ€™s budget for this purpose.
â€œThe full implementation of this project will no doubt revive the textile sector which we all know is highly labored based and therefore capable of infecting positively on Kaduna state economy and the entire nation.
â€œIn our determined quest for the realization of our Vision 20:2020 we shall continue to count on your support and partnership.
â€œIt is my expectation that you will continue to provide proactive solution to our under-productivity and raising the patronage of the made in Nigeria goods and all the challenges standing in between our desires to make Nigeria not only Africaâ€™s giant, but choice destination of global economy.â€
In his address at the occasion, Kaduna State governor, Alhaji Mohammed Namadi Sambo, said, â€œIn order to create jobs for our fast growing population, and to bring about industrial development in the State, the government has not only constituted a committee for resuscitation and revival of our textiles and other industries but is also in the fore front for the provision of power to sustain these industries through the establishment of a number of independent power plants.