NACOTAN calls for the creation of a Cotton, Textile and Clothing Council

The National Cotton Association of Nigeria (NACOTAN) has called for the establishment of a Cotton, Textiles and Clothing (CTG) Council for proper regulation of the sector.

This is contained in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja after a day-long seminar involving key players in the CTG value chain on the National CTG Policy Dialogue held on April 5.

The statement was co-signed by Achimugu, Chairman of NACOTAN, Hamma Kwajaffa, Managing Director of the Nigerian Textile Manufacturers Association, Samuel Oloruntoba, Executive Secretary of the Cotton Gin Association.

The other signatories were: Mrs. Folake Oyemade, President of the Nigerian Association of Garment and Accessory Manufacturers and Mrs. Adenike Ogunlesi, President of the Nigerian Association of Garment and Accessory Manufacturers.

The association also suggested that in addition to the two government officials who will sit on CTG’s board, other members should come from the private sector.

They also said that the CTG Development Forum should have a strategic business plan that would be private sector based.

Among other resolutions, the players had to come up with achievable timelines for implementing the resolutions made at the meeting.

Therefore, the association also wanted the creation of CTG clusters and processing zones in different parts of the country.

“This would help concentrate infrastructure in these areas and reduce costs,” the statement said.

They said there needs to be follow-up leadership for the implementation of Executive Order 003, among others.

The association said the government has set aside a fund for the different aspects of the value chain that obliges actors to profit from it through collective bargaining.

“Eleven CTG actors with the required experience, capacity and integrity have been identified to promote the goals and objectives of the CTG development sector,” they said.

The statement said the seminar was coordinated with the collaboration of the German cooperation agency, Deutsche Zusammennarbett, the European Union and the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment of Nigeria.

The seminar was organized by NACOTAN, with the CTG Development Forum as one of the facilitators and other key stakeholders, it was noted, among others, that the CTG policy was launched in 2014 and 2015.

But “unfortunately, such a policy was not properly distributed to key stakeholders, thereby excluding key players and missing out on the intended benefits of the policy.”

Source credit: NAN

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Michael O. Stutler