The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has said that Leather and Textile sector holds the key to Nigeria’s industrialization.
Dr. Onu said this when he spoke at a workshop on “Leather & Leather products Policy Implementation Plan” in Abuja during the week.
Dr.Onu said that if Nigeria could specialise in Leather production, it would progress into more sophisticated areas of Technology and Innovation.
Dr. Onu further said that the nation can deal decisively with poverty and breakthrough in the area of Job creation through implementation of Leather and Textile policy.
Dr. Onu said the nation at present had advantage due to the low cost of the product, adding that “where labour is cheap and technology levels are low, countries like Nigeria are at an advantage”.
The Minister further said that the industrialised nations of the World today focused on areas of leather and textile production and were able to grow into more sophisticated areas like motor engineering. Nigeria he added needed to join the industrialized world.
He hailed the efforts of the Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST) for drafting viable policies to boost the Leather Industry and facilitate Nigeria’s march towards an industrialised nation.
Earlier, The Acting Director General of the Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST), Dr. Eucharia Ngozi Oparah, said the implementation of The Leather Products Policy Implementation Plan would propel the nation towards reaching Sustainable Economic Growth.
For (Head of Press and Public Relation Unit)