President Muhammadu Buhari has directed all Nigerian security agencies and hospitals to patronise local textile companies in the country for their uniforms.
This directive was disclosed by the Nigeria CBN governor Godwin Emefiele, at a meeting with the country’s service chiefs and stakeholders from the CTG sector in Abuja on Thursday, July 11.
He said that President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly directed the military and all other uniform services and hospitals to patronize the Nigerian Cotton, Textile and Garment (CTG) industries in other to help grow the country’s economy.
Emefiele explained that the President believes that for the present administration to tackle unemployment and grow the economy, the CTG sector must be revived.
“We have the mandate of the Mr President to ensure all the uniform services and theatre wears in hospitals and medical facilities are sourced locally from CTG industries.“Already, Bureau of Public Procurement (BPR) has been notified to enforce compliance among the ministries, departments and agencies of the government.“Our model to achieve this directive or mandate is to facilitate long term contract at least five years or more with these people.”
He added that the country wants to have its armed forces and other uniformed men to be kitted in wears produced in Nigeria.
“Your nominees will also join our team to inspect CTG factories to ensure their readiness to be engaged in the long term contract of this nature.“We shall also work out payment term that fits budget releases for uniforms of various organisations.“If this is actualised, with your support and cooperation, it will impact positively on CTG sector and Nigerian’s economy at large,” he said.
It was learnt that representatives of Nigerian Army, Navy, customs, immigration, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the civil defence corps and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), among others, attended the meeting and pledged to support by patronising the industries to boost the economy of the country.