By VICTOR AHIUMA-YOUNG
MINISTER of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, has said that the federal government is committed to reviving moribund factories in the country through its transformational agenda.
Wogu spoke while receiving in audience the newly elected executives of the National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, NUTGTWN, led by its President, Comrade Oladele Hunsu, and the Secretary General, Comrade Isa Aremu.
The minister charged the newly elected executives of NUTGWN to discharge their responsibilities in line with extant labour laws.
According to him, “I want to use this opportunity to congratulate you on the conduct of a peaceful election and urge you to discharge your duties in line with extant labour laws so as to promote and deepen the principle of tripartism.
“The effort of President Goodluck Jonathan on the revival of Textile & Garment Industry is something that is heartwarming, not only to us in government but to all Nigerians who have keyed into the Transformational Agenda of the President. Be assured that the federal government will equally encourage other moribund factories to be operative.”
Wogu solicited the support of the union for success of the Transformation Agenda of President Jonathan to bring about the revival of Textile and Garment Industry which was once the second largest employer of labour in Nigeria with great potential for further increase.
Earlier in his remarks the new President of NUTGTWN expressed the sincere appreciation of the Union to President Goodluck Jonathan through the Minister for his effort at ensuring that the United Textile Industries Plc in Kaduna, reputed to be one of the largest factories in Africa, is back on stream while pleading that further efforts should be made to industrialise Nigeria and revive other moribund industries across the country.
He said “Your effort as demonstrated by President Goodluck Jonathan is well commendable; the largest factory in Africa is back on stream. We plead with you not to relent in ensuring that other industries are revived, we have recorded one and we can record more.”