Nigeria—Irritated by the current outlook of the textile industry in Nigeria, the management of the National Union Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN) have cautioned the 19 governors hailing from Northern Nigeria against vending the Kaduna Textiles Limited.
The leadership of the Textile Union has evenly asked Buhari’s government to focus on reinstating the industry so that every Nigerian would appreciate wearing locally made clothes.
Adding that it would be a mileage towards reviving lost job opportunities rather than selling the industry.
The union leaders further challenged the Northern governors to pay outstanding bills totaling to N687 million, owed to workers that were laid-off.
According to John Adaji the NUTGTWN president, workers that were scrapped off have undergone unbearable financial torture leading to a majority opting to local farming.
“The union’s attention has been drawn to a plan of selling some of the assets of Kaduna Textiles Limited. We shall mobilize our members and take all legal means to stop the sell of the company’s assets without settling the outstanding benefits of the workers in line with the court order since 2005.” Spoke Adaji.
“On the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir, we wish to reiterate our call on the Northern governors to take necessary steps to revive KTL. The union is ever ready to support any effort to resuscitate KTL, including sourcing for industrialists ready to invest in the company. However, in the meantime the settlement of entitlements of the workers amounting to N687,073,346 should be given urgent priority.
Adaji called on Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari, reminding him of his agenda and manifesto while campaigning, among which reviving the textile industry came first.
Quoting the executive order 003, which allowed government agencies to invest and spend more of their budgets on locally produced goods, would support reinstating of the textile and garment industry.