As part of efforts to revive the Cotton, Textiles and Garment (CTG) sector in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has issued Executive Order 003 which mandates all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to source their textile needs locally.
According to report, Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele,:we have the mandate of Mr. President to ensure that all uniformed services and theatre wears in hospitals and medical facilities be sourced locally from the Nigerian CTG sector.
See CBN Governor statement below”
Enforcing the order
To ensure the enforcement of the presidential order, “the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) has been notified to enforce compliance among MDAs”, the CBN will “work out payment terms that fit budget releases for uniforms for various organisations.
“Our model in achieving this presidential directive is to facilitate long term contracts (five years or more) with our textile and garment factories to produce uniforms for our armed forces and uniform services using local fabrics and textile materials.
“We are not naive of the fact that the nature of your jobs will warrant special quality and security around the production of your wares. My team will work with your nominees toward ensuring requisite quality and security associated with your uniforms.
“Your nominees will also join our team to inspect the various textiles and garment factories to ensure their readiness to be engaged on long term contracts to forestall breaches,” he added.
Reviving the Nigerian economy through textile
Emefiele said the local textile industry “has the capacity to transform Nigeria’s rural economy and revive the textile and garment industries by creating over two million jobs, improve internal revenue across the three tiers of government, and reduce $4 billion import bill incurred annually on textile and apparel.”
He said the CTG sector “has the potential to safeguard and earn foreign exchange and ultimately accelerate industrial development by making Nigeria a global player in the textile and apparel sectors.
“We analyzed the huge potentials that exist in the sector, identified the challenges militating against the sector’s contribution to Nigeria’s growth and development and presented quick wins for reviving the sector. Crucial to this resolve is the call for patriotism and the need to support local manufacturers of textile through patronage by MDAs as entrenched in Executive Order 003″.
Golden News Now learnt that, Mr. President has directed full compliance with this Order as it will help in addressing the pressure on our foreign reserves through demands for forex for the importation of textile and clothing materials.
According to CBN’s interactions with stakeholders, it was revealed that MDAs have not made any significant order for uniforms or clothing materials from Nigerian textile manufacturers and garment companies”.