The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to ensure implementation and enforce compliance with Executive Order of 2017 on the patronage of locally produced products, including textiles.
The resolution followed the adoption of a motion by Representative Esosa Iyawe during plenary in Abuja.
In his motion, he said the textile sector represented a major hub of economic activity in most developing countries, adding that it had been a major player in the manufacturing sector of Nigeria’s economy. He explained that the Nigerian textile industry used to be the largest employer of labour after the government, with companies like Kaduna Textile Ltd.
He said the non-compliance with 2017 Executive Order and the low patronage of local textiles by Nigerians in favour of cheap imported fabrics would continue to underprice textile products in Nigeria, stressing that the attitude would further cripple Nigeria’s textile industry and consequently hamper the country’s economic growth.
Adopting the motion, the House urged the Federal Government to embark on awareness campaigns to sensitize Nigerians to the benefits of patronizing indigenous textile manufacturers.