CEM REPORT | The National Cotton Association of Nigeria (NACOTAN) has expressed the desire for the creation of Cotton, Textile and Garment (CTG) processing zones and clusters in different parts of the country.
According News Agency of Nigeria, the association made this known in a communique issued on Tuesday after a one-day seminar in Abuja on national dialogue on CTG policy;
NACOTAN said, “This would aid concentration of infrastructures in those areas as well as reduce cost,’’ according to communiqué.
A major resolution at the seminar which had in attendance key players of the CTG value chain is the call for the establishment of a cotton, textile and garment (CTG) council which they said is needed for proper regulation of the sector.
The association suggested that other than two government officials other members of the council should come from the private sector.
They said that the CTG Development Forum should have a strategic business plan that would be private sector-based and that players in the industry should come up with actionable timelines for the implementation of resolutions reached at the meeting.
NACOTAN said there must be a follow through by the CTG leadership for the implementation of the Executive Order 003, among others.
The association added that government had set aside fund for the different aspect of the value chain which requires players taking advantage of through collective bargaining.
CTG Development Forum as one of the facilitators noted that the CTG policy was inaugurated in 2014 and 2015.
But “unfortunately, the said policy was not properly circulated to the key stakeholders, thus excluding the key players and losing the desired benefits of the policy.’’
The National Cotton Association of Nigeria is an umbrella organization for the Cotton, Textile and Garment (CTG) Sector that brings together any Nigerian or group of Nigerians, Corporate bodies or Organizations involved in the production, marketing, processing or exportation of Cotton in Nigeria as well as Textile manufacturing Organizations.