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Ogun batik dealers festival: A call for govt aid

By Daud Olatunji

Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, has long been  popular  as being the  center of the old long tie and dye business popularly called Adire or Kampala. Besides Olumo Rock for which Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital is popular for, the other attraction for tourists to the ancient city is the Adire  fabric which is mainly produced in Kemta-Itoku area of the city.

However, the Kemta Adire/Kampala dealers and marketers in Abeokuta, under the aegis of Kemta Adire/Kampala association have appealed to the Ogun state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun to help them reinvigorate the cottage industry that has largely been abandoned.

The market head of the association , Chief Sadiat Akamo made the appeal in Abeokuta to kick-off the annual Adire/Kampala cultural festival.

Akamo who applauded the efforts of the state government in the area of renewal of Urban  Infrastructure in the state, said the revitalization of the cottage industry and establishment of cloth factory would reduce the cost of production and make it easier to do business.

The market leader said the cottage industry was built by past military governments in the state, but has been abandoned for about 10 years saying, its renovation would provide more jobs to the people of the state. Akamo who also lauded the state government for the construction of lock-up shops , called for speedy allocation of the shops to those that have applied.

She said, the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun who had promised to make the shops available to them after the demolition of their stalls and shops for the expansion of the road in the area, would fulfil his promise.

She said most of their members have obtained the forms from the government at the rate of N10,000 while others who could not afford the amount wanted to go for those of N5,000 and N1,000 have been assisted by the association and have obtained the N10,000 form .

Akamo said the desire of the members is to be in one place doing the business, appealing that they would appreciate the government if they did not disperse their members while allocating the shops to them.

While speaking on the challenges confronting their members, Akamo lamented that they were still facing customs problems whenever they wanted to buy materials, especially cloth from Kano state.

She also said they were facing problems of basic amenities such as water and raw materials while producing Adire, lamenting that some of the materials are not locally sourced ,but, are imported.

Important functions

The association however, urged the state government to encourage the use of Adire for official events, adding that government officials must be encouraged to wear Adire to their important functions.

The association also called on the state and federal governments to showcase the local ‘adire/kampala’ fabrics within and outside the country.

The market leader of the association, said the only way the rich local fabrics could attract both national and international attention would bé through the wearing of such fabrics by the governors, ministers, lawmakers and other top officials of government at all levels.

She said, “Government officials like the governors, lawmakers, ministers and others could help showcase the local ‘adire/kampala’ fabrics by wearing it during special events, both within and outside the country. It is just like the Ghanaians showcasing their ‘kente’ fabrics. They are proud to wear anywhere in the world. This is what we are saying concerning our own rich ‘adire/kampala fabrics.”

Akamo who, however, commended the efforts of the state government for assisting the ‘adire’ makers and marketers in the state.

She also called on the governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, to help resuscitate the ‘adire’ cottage industry, which has been neglected for some years.

The market leader said the cottage industry was built by one of the past military governments in the state , but has been abandoned for about 10 years now. Adding that its renovation would provide more jobs for the people of the state.

Akamo who also lauded the state government for the construction of lock-up shops , called for speedy allocation of the shops to those that have applied, most especially the makers and marketers of the ‘adire/kampala’.

The association called on the state and federal governments to showcase the local ‘adire/kampala’ fabrics within and outside the country.

She said the only way the rich local fabrics could attract both national and international attention would be through the wearing of such fabrics by the governors, ministers, lawmakers and other top officials of government at all levels.

She said, “Government officials like the governors, lawmakers, ministers and others could help showcase the local ‘adire/kampala’ fabrics by wearing it during special events, both within and outside the country.

“It is just like the Ghanaians showcasing their ‘kente’ fabrics. They are proud to wear anywhere in the world. This is what we are saying concerning our own rich ‘adire/kampla fabrics.”

Meanwhile, the annual Adire /Kampala festival has begun with a lot of activities which include visits to motherless babies homes and juvenile remand homes all in Abeokuta, the state capital.


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