Buhari Mandates Local Production Of Military, Hospital Wears
President Muhammadu Buhari has mandated that all uniform services and theatre wears in hospitals and medical facilities be produced locally from the Nigerian cotton textile and garment sector.
This directive was disclosed by Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele, during a meeting with service chiefs and chief executives of uniformed services in Nigeria.
“We have the mandate of Mr President to ensure that all uniform services and theatre wears in hospitals and medical facilities be sourced locally from the Nigerian cotton textile and garment sector.
“The bureau of public procurement has been notified to enforce compliance amongst the MDA’s.”
Recall that the CBN, as part of its plan to trigger a boom in the textile industry, had restricted Forex from importers of all forms of textile materials in the country.
Emefiele, during the meeting aimed at reviving the textile industry, noted that the sector has the capacity to transform Nigeria’s rural economy and revive the textile and garment industries by creating over 2 million jobs, improve internal revenue across three tiers of government, reduce $4.0billion import bill incurred annually on textile and apparel, safeguard and earn foreign exchange.
“We are not naïve of the fact that the nature of your jobs will warrant special quality and security around the production of the wears,” he added.
in line with the quality of the fabrics, the Governor assured representative of the uniform services in the country that the bank will see to it that requisite quality and security associated with the uniforms is delivered.
Meanwhile, on May 6th, the CBN under its Anchor Borrowers Programme commenced the distribution of high-yielding cotton seeds and other farming inputs to 100,000 farmers for the 2019 planting season.