Leather Policy to boost Nigeria’s industrial growth- Minister

Chioma Eche, Abuja

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The Nigerian government has inaugurated the National Steering Committee to implement Leather Products Policy in the country.

Nigeria’s Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu made  this known during the inaugurating ceremony in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Dr. Onu said that the leather industry is very critical to national growth and development because it will boost our gross development Product (GDP) and increase our foreign exchange earnings.

He said the policy will solve most of the problems hindering the growth of the Leather sector and would enable Nigeria to produce shoes, belts and other leather products similar to what is obtained in other developed countries   of the world.

He therefore called on Nigerians to take advantage of the low cost of labour and invest in the leather industry.

“All efforts would be deployed to ensure effective implementation of the policy, adding that past efforts at industrialization failed because Nigeria didn’t do first thing first,” he added.

The Minister further said that the widely acclaimed Moroccan Leather products were actually sourced from Nigeria.

The Committee is expected to set up 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 sensitization 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 report to the Ministry from time to time.