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FG inaugurates committee on leather products
Zupoge|March. 13, 2019
Everest Amaefule, Abuja
The Federal Government has inaugurated a National Steering Committee to implement Leather Products Policy in the country.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, inaugurated the committee in Abuja on Tuesday, according to a statement issued by Head of Public Relations at the ministry, Mr AbdulGaniyu Aminu.
Onu advised Nigerians to take advantage of the low cost of labour and invest in the leather industry.
The minister said all efforts would be made to ensure effective implementation of the policy, adding that past efforts at industrialisation had failed because the first things were not done first.
He added that the widely acclaimed Moroccan leather products were actually sourced from Nigeria.
Onu said that the leather industry was very critical to national growth and development because it would boost Gross Domestic Product and increase Nigeria’s foreign exchange earnings.
The minister said that the policy would solve most of the problems hindering the growth of the leather sector and enable Nigeria to produce shoes, belts and other leather products similar to what obtains in developed countries of the world.
The committee is expected to set up a working plan and budget for the effective implementation exercise of the policy within two months.
It is also expected to coordinate and monitor the optimal implementation of the policy in conjunction with the relevant stakeholders and also conduct validation and sensitisation workshops for stakeholders in six geographical zones in order to review the draft implementation framework.
The committee may also review the policy in the future after adequate consultation to reflect emerging needs and bridge existing gaps in the policy and also provide related feedback and submit a report to the ministry from time to time.
The Chairman of the committee and the Director-General of Nigerian Institute of Leather, Science and Technology, Dr Eucharia Oparah, said that the leather industry had a lot of potential that had not been harnessed.
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