We’ll Revive Asaba Textile Mill –Uduaghan

BY FIDELIS EGUGBO/CLETUS NGWODO
DELTA State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has assured of the commitment of his administration to revive the moribund Asaba textile mill and bring it back on stream.
Governor Uduaghan dropped the hint, yesterday at the 10th Quadrennial National Delegates Conference of the National Union Textiles, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN) in Grand Hotel, Asaba.
The governor who was represented by his deputy, Prof Amos Utuama (SAN,)said the choice of Delta State for the conference by the union, cannot be over-emphasised, noting that it’s a vote of confidence on the peace and security agenda of the State Government.
He said the State Government has created conducive environment to promote and sustain industrial development through job creation and economic empowerment, adding that on the base of this vision it has invested massively in the transport sector including the Asaba international Airport and expansion of Osubi Airport.
According to him, Asaba Textile mill is currently engaging the attention of the State Government in no small way, as textile is one critical industry that satisfies the needs of people after food and shetter.
Before we came into government, Asaba textile mill has been confronted with series of challenges including legal and others, we are trying to resolve all of that, once we are through with these challenges, the mill may come on stream very soon.’’
Beside this, Dr Uduaghan said that the State Government is also reviving Bendel Glass industry, Ughelli Ipp projects, as well as building modern markets in Asaba, Ughelli, Effurun and Warri as part of government vision of creating market for manufactured goods.
Chief Emeka wogu, Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity, said the theme of the conference: Transforming Nigeria through Re-industrialisation, Empowerment And Decent Work is timely and apt as President Goodluck Jonathan has provided a roadmap toward re-industrialisation of the nation’s economy, explaining that following the commitment of the federal government, the president in 2010 provided N500 billion grant to revive the manufacturing sector with textile sector as the major beneficiary.
He said the government has equally promised social dialogue and encouraged gender equality, adding that the minimum wage and employee compensation Act are part of the efforts of the federal government to promote a decent work place, accident free, safety and health towards the Nigeria worker.
While pledging the support of the Federal Government towards protecting the textile industry, particularly the issue of smuggling, the minister urged the leadership of the various labour unions to continue to engage the federal government in meaningful dialogue to resolve any industrial dispute.
Earlier, the National President, NUTGTWN, Comrade Reginald Agulanna had commended the management of Bank of Industry for the continued support towards the resuscitation of the textile industry and creation of mass decent jobs.
He also commended the Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan for the massive development in the state, especially in area of improved workers welfare and urged him to sustain it.
Comrade Agulanna said the last four years were challenging for the textile industry as the union witnessed membership decline due to continued closures and redundancies.
He listed problem facing the industry to include smuggling, faking of labels, high operating cost,, counterfeiting and unrestricted importation of sub-standard textile materials among others.