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Lifting of ban on textiles, others, tragic for local industries, Labour

By Victor Ahiuma-Young

ORGANISED Labour in the nation’s Textile industry, has faulted  Government lifting of ban on the importation of textile materials, furniture, toothpicks and cassava products while raising the age limit on importation of vehicles into the country from 10 to 15 years is indeed tragic for a country that is striving to be one of the 20 leading industrialists.

Under the umbrella of the National Union of Textile and Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, NUTGTWN, lamented that the recent lifting of the ban on importation of Textile fabrics and others was a complete policy somersault from the policy thrust of the federal government which aimed at growing non-oil sector in general and manufacturing in particular.

In a statement by its General Secretary, Comrade Issa Aremu, the union argued that, “The lifting of the ban on the importation of textile materials, furniture, toothpicks and cassava products by the Federal government succumbing to World Bank pressure while also raising the age limit on importation of vehicles into the country from 10 to 15 years is indeed tragic for a country that is striving to be one of the 20 leading industrialists.

The government banned the importation of textile materials and a number of products such as furniture in response to mass pressure from National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN) and Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) that wholesale importation undermines local manufacturing firms.

The current lifting of ban is a complete policy somersault from the policy thrust of the federal government which is aimed at growing non-oil sector in general and manufacturing in particular. Wholesale and indiscriminate import of goods such as toothpicks, textiles, furniture on which Nigeria has comparative advantage has been one of the failure-factors that killed local industries.  Previous governments of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and late Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua following engagements with critical stakeholders put a legitimate ban on some of these products that Nigeria has comparative advantage.

Even at that the ban was abused due to lack of capacity and genuine commitment of Customs and the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to monitor import and enforce standards respectively.”“Nigeria is already a dumping ground for all manner of imported goods, including ammunition packaged as industrial goods.


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