Abuja – The Federal Government says it is exploring partnering with indigenous textile companies such as the Kaduna Textiles Ltd. (KTL) in the production of uniforms for para-military personnel.
The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, said this on Wednesday in Abuja when he received the management of the New Nigeria Development Company (NNDC).
The minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr Bassey Akpanyung, lauded the NNDC over its plans to rehabilitate Nigeria’s textile industry, especially the KTL, and set up ancillary companies to service it.
Danbazau said that although the visit was meant to seek the ministry’s patronage for production of official uniforms of the Services under the ministry, the proposal would still be fine tuned for mutual benefits.
He said that the move was part of the present administration’s drive to diversify the economy, create employment, attract investors and patronise Made-in-Nigeria goods.
Earlier, Alhaji Bashir Dalhatu, Chairman of the Board of NNDC, said the visit was to seek the patronage of the ministry in the production of uniforms for para-military personnel.
He said that arrangements had been put in place for the KTL in partnership with a Turkish company, Sur International Investment Company Ltd., to set up a garment factory in Kaduna State.
Dalhatu said that the factory, when operational, would specialise in the production of assorted textiles and uniforms for different organisations.
He said that the NNDC was working round the clock to revive the textile industry in the North and establish a commodity marketing company to guarantee a steady supply of raw materials and maintain price stability.
“We also plan to establish Industrial Farms to absorb by-products and process new products from them,’’ he said.
The NNDC manages companies in Northern Nigeria, including the New Nigerian Newspapers, Unity Bank, Hamdala Hotel Ltd. and the Kaduna Textiles Ltd. (NAN)