2023: PDP To Proffer Solution To Kaduna Comatose Textile Industry – Ashiru
The People’s Democratic party PDP says resuscitation of the Comotoe Kaduna Textile Industry is doable.
All is needed is getting the right approach to solving the problems and the political will to sustain the drive.
This assurance was given by the PDP gubernatorial candidate, Isa Ashiru Kudan during the media parley organized for candidates by the Nigeria Union of Journalists Kaduna state Council.
The PDP flagbearer while unveiling the party’s five-point agenda which are,
security, agriculture, health, as well as youth and women development
said, if voted into office come 2023 election, a lot will be witnessed in the areas of development.
As to how he intends to revive the textile industry when elected as Governor of Kaduna State?
He has this to say.
Kaduna was known for textile industry since the Saurdaunas, some of the conditions which need to be met were there yet but are no more now, apart from land, there is power and raw materials while security is very paramount for every industry to be sited, all these are no more.
“Like I have been saying, we have been making deliberate effort to transfer the 30 megawatts that will soon start generation from gurara waterfall kudendan industrial area in Kaduna, 20 megawatts will go to Kaduna while the remaining 10 megawatts, will go to the southern part of Kaduna, The 20 megawatts transmission line is almost completed, and is the one that will transmit power from gurara to kudenden industrial area.
“The second alternative that is readily available is the issue of transporting gas from portharcourt to the pobines that are under construction and are almost completed, that is the only area one will get power on ground and that will gurantee that people will come back to invest because Kaduna is haven for all in Nigeria and is a peaceful place and we will make sure that peace is sustained to guarantee the return of textile industry in Kaduna.
“The other area is the supply of raw material which is cotton, we have cotton in Gusau, Funtua with generous functioning, we have to transport this thread to either Bagauda textile in Kano that they cannot even down to lagos to make sure that they get market for this thread, assuming that these textiles are embarked, we will not have any problem, but I want to assure you that we will do anything that is humanly possible to make sure that within the next one year in office, the 20 megawatts will be transported from gurara to kudendan area is completed and we will push harder to make sure that we bring back industries to , we have that in mind and we will ensure that we do it by the grace of God.
The Kaduna Textile Industry was established by the late Sarduana of Sokoto and former Premier of Northern Nigeria, Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello, in 1957 and was the first modern textile industry in Nigeria.
The success was so outstanding that in the 1970s and 1980s the textile industry became the highest employer of labour in the country after the federal government.