Textile manufacturers decry non-implementation of FG’s order on local content

by | January 23, 2018 12:23 am

The Nigerian Textile Manufacturers Association (NTMA), has decried the non-implementation of the Federal Government’s Executive Order on patronage of Made-in-Nigeria goods.
The Director-General of NTMA, Mr Hamma Kwajaffa, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Lagos that in spite of government’s intention to revive the textile sector, the reality on ground remains worrisome.
He said that Ministries, Departments and Agencies, were yet to heed government order to patronise locally made products, towards enhancing growth of the manufacturing sector and the nation’s economy.
NAN recalls that the Federal Government on May 25, 2017, signed the Executive Order on Support for Local Content in Public Procurement by the Government.
It said that the Order would boost local production, improve business environment, promote entrepreneurship and give the country a positive trade balance.
Kwajaffa said that based on the Order, many textile manufacturers stocked up their inventory in expectation of a sales boom but were yet to get patronage from the various ministries.
“We expected purchase from the Ministry of Defence, the Police, Immigration, Prisons and others, but they have not contacted us.
“Our people geared up for mass production, our stores are filled, we expected a boom but nobody is buying the fabrics and other requirements,” the director-general said.
He urged the government to expedite the passage of 2018 Budget, adding that officials from some of the ministries attributed lack of patronage of textiles to paucity of fund.
Kwajaffa said that even the 2017 Budget had to be shored up through borrowing.
The director-general noted that the country currently spends over $4 billion annually importing textiles and readymade clothing, stressing that patronage of local goods would reduce the import bill, create jobs and boost the economy.