As part of their contribution to Lagos 50th anniversary celebration, Nigeria Union of Tailors, NUT, and National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, NUTGTWN, few days ago, organised “Eko @ 50 Fashion Day”.
It featured among others, fashion parade by various self employed tailors from all nooks and crannies of the state, and equally afforded leaders of NUT and NUTGTWN to intimate the government of the need to revive the textile sector and set up tailoring hubs among others.
Welcoming participants, President of NUT, Otunba Wasiu Taiwo, while appreciating Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for the support extended to members, called for more support in terms of training and retraining of members.
According to him: “most of the sophisticated equipment to start the production hub are already being put together in China and Italy to set up production hub in Nigeria. I know by the grace of God when it is time for commissioning, we will have about two or three in Lagos alone because we have the population and equally have the market here. Human capacity development is the key to any meaningful development irrespective of where you are in the world.
“I want to assure you that we are fully prepared to pilot and partner with all state governments in Nigeria if possible because we are targeting the six geo-political zones starting from Lagos. I know it is very possible.
There are about 12 departments in Tailoring Industry today with the modern professional machine for the industry. You don’t need to start and finish the sewing all alone. Each department has capacity to generate hundreds of thousands of professional tailors which I believe at the end of the day with our population, we can then start exporting expertise abroad. The tailoring and fashion designing sector in Nigeria is prepared now, piloting and partnering with government at all levels, I believe it is very possible.”
Speaking, President of the NUTGTWN, Mr.John Adaji urged the governor of Lagos stateto focus attention on industrial revival and more support for the informal sector to consolidate the economic vibrancy of the state and enhance its status as a mega city.