The Cotton Ginners Association of Nigeria has urged the Federal Government to bar foreigners from importing cotton into the nation’s textile and garment trade.
The association’s president, Salman Abdullahi, stated in a press release that permitting international traders to import cotton would spell doom for our native trade.
“It has come to our information that there are some international organisations with the proposal to put money into Nigeria within the Textile and Garment trade with a proviso that they must be allowed to carry into the nation cotton from their home nations to feed the proposed industries.
“We hereby reject this proposal in its entirety due to the hazard it poses to cotton manufacturing in Nigeria and the devastating impression it will have on over two million Nigerian cotton farmers and their dependants,” he stated.
He stated the proposal, if accepted, would carry cotton manufacturing in Nigeria to whole extinction and all efforts that had been in put in place through the years on cotton manufacturing jeopardized.
In addition to, he added, that may imply the tip of over 52 existing cotton ginneries and their enormous investment misplaced, aside from losing many textiles companies which are making an attempt to return again to operation.
He stated: “We’re certainly at a loss, by the assertion that there isn’t any cotton in Nigeria. We’re totally conscious that cotton may be grown in 26 out of the 36 states of the federation. Cotton has been in existence in this nation for near a century.
“It’s a main money crop that contributed to the GDP of the nation and the event of not solely Northern Nigeria however the entire nation earlier than the appearance of oil.”
Abdullahi stated the Federal Government ought to join hands with stakeholders, together with can be investors, to aggressively work to revive cotton manufacturing within the nation and never kill it.
“We consider that well-meaning traders ought to quite assist to develop and develop the manufacturing of cotton and to not carry it to extinction. Buyers ought to assist the present stakeholders similar to farmers, ginneries, textile firms to outlive and never ship them packing,” he stated. (Cotton Ginners)
He stated whereas the association didn’t object to having real funding within the ailing sector, it believed it ought to be funding that may additional promote employment of our teeming youths, particularly on the grassroots which might assist to foster safety peace within the nation.