‘Textile industry can generate 2.5million jobs’

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Vice- of Industrial Global Union, Mr. Issa Aremu, has said textile industries alone can generate over 2.5 million jobs in if rejuvenated.

He said current government could create 100 million jobs over next 10 years with resuscitation of the textile industries.


Aremu made call on Saturday in at a one-day interactive session on the five-year policy trust of the Central Bank of (CBN) – (2019-2024). The session was organised by the CBN, in collaboration with organised labour and other .

He noted the CBN in cotton production, the narratives have changed cotton shortages cotton abundance and the country should longer import cotton Benin .


Aremu, who is also the General Secretary, Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of (NVTGTWN), said, “Now, the challenge is many gineries have come back and are ginning the cotton seeds. They will then move milling, weaving, spinning and the product.

“You won’t believe it, uniforms for the Nigeria Services, Police and the Army are produced in Bangladesh and India.


“Consider the security implications among other things. You know what, the few textile industries remaining have the capacity produce them (the uniforms).

“We can even use it to kick-start new factories and you can imagine if we all agree that uniforms of primary and secondary school children should be produced locally, many of the garment factories will come back and this will get youths gainfully employed,” he said.


Aremu suggested that other sectors like construction and pharmaceuticals, should be rejuvenates for optimal .

For instance, he said “We like to drive exotic cars in Nigeria but we do not have factories where these cars can be manufactured. When properly rejuvenated, the factories for Volkswagen, Peugeot, Fiat, trucks in , Styer in Bauchi can create decent jobs in these areas.”