Kaduna state Governor-elect, under the All Progressive Congress, APC and former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Mallam Nasir El-Rufa’i has said that the APC led government under General Muhammadu Buhari will replicate what China is doing in the textile area in Nigeria.
This was as he decried that it is a shame that Nigeria and the largest economy in Africa imports textile materials from Senegal and other countries.
El-Rufa’i lamented this when he received on a courtesy call executive members of the National Union of Textile Garments and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, NUTGTWN at his Kaduna personal residence yesterday.
He said the government of Buhari is committed to reviving the textile industries and reversing the misfortune that had befallen the sector.
He promised to work closely with the union to chart a way forward towards reviving the sector.
He said already the APC northern governors particularly the Northern extractions are ready to prioritize the textile industries.
According to him, “the textile industries in Kaduna used to employ a total of about 33,000 workers and lamented that the current figure of 1,600 employees was unacceptable.
“The APC government would revive the textile industries more so that the move will generate employment and impact on the lives of the people.
“We have met at a forum of northern governors-elect and we decided to ensure the revival of the textile industries.
“It is a shame that the largest economy in Africa imports textile materials from Senegal and other countries.
“We as APC northern governor’s- elect have met and agreed to prioritize revival of the textile industries and nine years of free basic education.
“We will replicate what China is doing in the textile area in Nigeria We will work with the textile union to ensure that lives of the average Nigerians get better,” he said.
He continued when he said a lot of government monies have been stolen and they would ask those found wanting to refund the monies politely.
“We will politely ask those who stole government money to return the funds.
“This is because people who are in government now are there to work for themselves but the APC government is made up of people who are ready to work for the masses and betterment of the country,” El-Rufai said.
Earlier in his remarks, President of the NUTGTWN, Comrade Oladele Hunsu, congratulated El-Rufa’i over his victory at the polls.
He described as indelible, El-Rufa’i’s activities as the FCT Minister and urged the Governor-elect to facilitate and take steps towards reviving the textile industry.
He said that illegal importation of textile materials had tended to cripple activities of the local textile industries.
“The way you fixed Abuja, we believe you can also fix Kaduna with good roads and industries.
“All nations want to employ their youths, produce goods and services, overcome poverty and underdevelopment. To this extent every nation protects its own industry, whether the industry is in ‘infancy’ or ‘adult-hood’. Nigeria cannot be different under incoming administration which has commendably raised expectations to fight unemployment and grow the economy.
“Adequate security should be provided to protect the properties of the companies particularly in the light of criminal vandalization going on in some closed textile companies namely Arewa Textiles, KTL among others,” Hunsu said.
Lending voice to his President, the General Secretary of the union and Deputy President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Issa Aremu appealed to the Kaduna State Governor elect to help facilitate a meeting with the President elect, General Muhammadu Buhari where textile industry issues and other labour related matters could be discussed.
Placards displayed by some of the members reads “smuggling kills industries, denies government revenue” and “Yes electricity, yes Industries” among others.