By Habibu Harisu
Nigeria can generate over 700, 000 jobs from the leather-based business, Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, stated on Tuesday in Sokoto
The minister, who made the comment in a message to the National Leather and Leather Products Policy Validation Workshop, stated that the leather-based business generates N24.5 billion yearly.
Onu described the leather-based business as Nigeria’s subsequent gold mine which holds the important thing to industrial development, jobs and wealth creation.
The minister, who was represented by the Director General, National Centre for Technology Management, Prof. Okechukwu Okwumma, stated that the leather-based business was strategic to Nigeria’s financial diversification.
Onu acknowledged that President Muhammadu Buhari was working diligently to enhance the socio-economic nicely being of the individuals by selling native content material by means of diversification and transformation of the economic system.
He stated that the ministry would promote worth addition within the business utilizing indigenous and revolutionary applied sciences.
Also, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajiya Ai’sha Abubakar, enjoined Nigerians to faucet the financial potentials within the leather-based business.
Abubakar additionally urged Nigerians to actively take part in selling Made-in-Nigeria items.
She reiterated Federal Government dedication to enhancing enterprise pleasant setting, and referred to as on the members to dwell nicely on selling linkages, harnessing productions and general growth of leather-based within the nation.
Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, suggested stakeholder to enhance on cover and pores and skin restoration and inspection mechanisms.
Ogbe, represented by Dr Obinna Ofara, stated effort had been underway for environment friendly management system to spice up the leather-based business.
Dr Nagozi Oparah, the Chairperson National Steering Committee on Leather and Leather Products Policy, stated the workshop would evaluation researches, collaborations and partnerships on leather-based growth.
“The validation workshop was aimed at bringing stakeholders and experts to deliberate on Leather Products Policy with the aim of validating the policy document,” she stated.(NAN)