Ban, criminalize importation of Adire/Kampala, others - Reps tell FG - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Ban, criminalize importation of Adire/Kampala, others - Reps tell FG

The House of Representatives has called on the federal government to promote local Adire/Kampala fabrics production industry in the country, ban and criminalise the  importation of Adire/Kampala and other locally produced fabrics imitations in order to protect local cottage industry and conserve the scarce foreign exchange in the country

This followed the adoption of a motion sponsored at the plenary by Rep. Afolabi Moruf Afuape, titled "Call to Revive and Promote the Traditional Fabric Industries of Adire/Kampala to Boost the Nation’s Cultural Heritage" 

While moving the motion, the lawmaker said, "the House:
Notes the historical significance of Adire/Kampala (Tie and Dye) fabrics in Nigeria and the need to protect and promote local production to preserve the nation’s cultural heritage

According to him, " the Adire/Kampala fabric industry in Nigeria is crucial for economic growth, cultural preservation, and fostering entrepreneurship among citizens, particularly youth

"He observed that the influx of foreign imitations of Adire/Kampala, tie and dye into Nigeria's market has negatively impacted the local industry, leading to a decline in livelihood of local producers and job losses

"Worried at the absence of formal training, skills, production mechanisms, and equipment in the 
Adire/Kampala fabric industry, which is crucial in a competitive market.

,"The need to protect consumers from imitations of Adire/Kampala products from foreign markets, as failure to do so could lead to dire consequences for the Nigerian local cottage industry, local producers, and foreign

He prayed the House to mandate the Committee on Commerce to: collaborate with the National Directorate of Employment to establishing formal training and  orientation programs on skills, quality control, marketing, and business management for all 
local fabric producers and to monitor the relevant agencies charged with evaluating the periodic progress of the Nigerian cottage industry

When the motion was put into voice vote by the Speaker Hon Tajudeen Abbas who presided over the plenary session it was unanimously supported by members

The House mandated  the Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency to launch a nationwide campaign to promote the cultural significance of Adire/Kampala and other locally produced fabrics and to patronize locally produced fabrics

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