BUSINESS SPONSORED “NIGERIANS NEED TO LEARN MASS MANUFACTURING OF CLOTHES”- FASHION ENTREPRENEUR By Admin Posted on June 11, 2020 2 min read 0 2 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin The Coronavirus pandemic has, no doubt, forced the government to look inwards and promote import substitution. As the global health issue continues to affect oil price and foreign exchange rates, government needs to harmonise local production to meet international standards. The clothing and apparel industry, which relies heavily on the importation of fashion items, is perhaps a good place to start. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, the textile, apparel and fashion industry in Nigeria contribute about 17% to the national GDP. According to an article by proshare intelligent investing, the textile, apparel and footwear sub-sector remains the second largest contributor to Nigeria’s manufacturing (after food, beverage and tobacco). Thus, the fashion industry in the country has what it takes to mass produce clothes suitable for the Nigerian market. A good example of such is a fashion outlet located in the heart of Lagos, known as Wears Et Al, here they do professional garment manufacturing for retailers and institutions like schools, hotels and corporate offices. An arm of this company, known as Deejah Fashion Institute, run fashion training programs. The business is a brainchild of Khadeejah Fahm-Opeoluwa. Garment manufacturing on a large scale is not a child’s play. As such, there might be need for collaboration on the part of entrepreneurs and adequate funding support from government. Just as the introduction of Anchor Borrowers’ Programme for farmers, the Federal Government of Nigeria can support the clothing and apparel industry with more than enough funds that will boost local production. This will strengthen the economy and earn Nigeria a good place in the comity of nations.