By Tare Youdeowei
THE Nigerian Export Promotion Council, NEPC, has engaged Style House, a fashion creative consulting agency in Nigeria with years of experience in the fashion industry, to manage its Human Capital Development Centre, HCDC, Lagos, to develop capacity for the garment sector.
Under the arrangement, Style House will manage the HCDC and run training programmes that meet international standards for developing the skills of practitioners in the garment-making sector to meet the requirements of the fashion industry for exports.
Speaking with journalists during a tour of the facility, the Executive Director/CEO of NEPC, Mr Olusegun Awolowo said: “Nigeria is awash with creative talents in the fashion industry, whose designs can compete anywhere globally. However, there is a wide gap in production and finishing, which affects the marketability of garments made in Nigeria at the international market. Nigeria needs to participate more in the global market for garments, which was about $800 billion in 2015 and expected to reach $1 trillion by 2020. The purpose of this centre is to build capacity of Nigerian garment producers in apparel production for local but particularly the export market.”