A fashion designer, Mrs. Temilola Akintayo, on Thursday urged the Federal Government to utilise the current trend in the fashion industry to solve unemployment challenges in the country.
Akintayo, the Chief Executive Officer, De-image Creation and Fashion School, Lagos, said that the industry could employ over 600,000 youths annually.
She added that the fast-growing industry could also fetch government over N3 billion annually.
“The industry is a multi-billion Naira industry and the second employer of labour nationwide after the teaching profession.
“In Lagos for example, most unemployed youths ended up learning about fashion and they are financially independent afterwards,“ she said.
“Almost all the youths are today engaging in it. The rate at which youths are investing and engaging in the fashion business is encouraging.
“The challenges of unemployment can be solved through the fashion industry.
“Government can empower our numerous jobless youths in the fashion industry, and this will help to reduce unemployment in the country.
“Such youths should be trained to explore the potential in the industry, for them to be self-employed and to earn their living.
“The youths will be useful to themselves and to the society at large, “Akintayo said
According to her, youths can engage in various aspects of fashion designing, including weaving, carving, textile making, cloth making, designing, tie and dye and sewing. NAN

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