Reps want FG to criminalise importation of Àdíre, Kampala

Friday Ajagunna
Friday Ajagunna

The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to ban and criminalise the importation of Adire/Kampala and other locally produced fabric imitations into the country.

The house said the move became necessary to protect the general local cottage industry and conserve scarce foreign exchange.

The resolution followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. Afolabi Afuape (APC-Ogun) at plenary in Abuja on Tuesday.

The House urged the Federal Government to promote local Adire/Kampala fabric production industry in Nigeria, saying it would protect the general local cottage industry and conserve scarce foreign exchange.

Moving the motion, Afuape said the influx of foreign imitations of Adire/Kampala, tie, and dye into Nigeria’s market had negatively impacted the local industry.

This, according to him, has led to a decline in the livelihood of local producers and job losses.

Adopting the motion, the House mandated its Committee on Commerce to collaborate with the National Directorate of Employment to establish formal training and orientation programmes for all local fabric producers.

The training, according to the house, should be centred on skills, quality control, marketing, and business management.

The house urged proper monitoring by relevant agencies charged with evaluating the periodic progress of the Nigerian cottage industry.

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

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