The Nigerian Textile Manufacturing Association (MTMA) lobbied for a ban on export of cotton from the country. MTMA’s Acting Director-General, Hamman Kwajaffa, points out such restriction was required as locally produced cottons are just enough for manufacturers of textile materials in the country. Kwajaffa spoke at a public hearing organised by the Abubakar Moriki led House of Representatives committee on industry considering a Bill for an Act to establish the national cotton, textile and garment (CTG) development council and standardization in CTG value chain and ways to achieving CTG self sufficiency in Nigeria.
Kwajaffa described the move to establish the CTG development council as a step in the right direction since it would create a suitable environment for the economy to grow. Stakeholders in the garment industry have welcomed the plan to establish CTG, as it would boost cotton production in the country.
Decrying the reliance on imported fabrics by Nigerians, she said it was unfortunate that Nigeria is yet to reap the benefits derivable from the African Growth Opportunities Act (AGOA) due to the reverses suffered by the textile and garment sector of the economy over the years.