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‘Shoe-making can generate 280 thousand jobs’

Shoe making alone can create at least 280,000 jobs for the Nigerian youths if government supports the leather industry with good policies,  Alhaji Bashir Danyaro,…

Shoe making alone can create at least 280,000 jobs for the Nigerian youths if government supports the leather industry with good policies,  Alhaji Bashir Danyaro, Board of Trustees chairman of  Leather and Allied Products Association of Nigeria (LAPAN), has said.

Danyaro who said this during the ongoing summit on the leather industry also said people can easily learn shoe-making and other leather-related manufacturing with little help.
“There is no single factory that produces one million shoes in a year. So, that means we are going to create 70 shoes companies to be able to create 70 million shoes. So, if each of the 70 factories employs four thousand workers, you can imagine the number of people that can be employed,” he said
 
Director of FAMAD,a shoe-making company formerly known as Bata, Muhammad Haruna,  lamented that the shoe making outlet and its peers are no longer what they used to be due influx of foreign shoes.
“So let our government support us. This issue of throwing open our border for every goods to come in is not the best. Even the America that is propagating all these, if you want to take things into their country, if you look at the list of the things you are supposed to comply with before you get anything into their country, you will know that you are not competitive. But here they will impart it on our government and upon us that oh yes it is a free world let us trade openly. It is not like that. The reality on the ground is not what they are telling you,” said Muhammad Kabir Haruna, Director FAMAD, formerly known as Bata.
 However, El-Habib Onifade, a panelist at the summit, said the problem with the industry is that the players have allowed the Chinese to beat them in the game of knowing the taste of the consumers and giving them what they want.
 “That is why they come here with bright colours with styles of high-heeled platforms and all those things for our own people. We didn’t even bother about investigating the taste of these people and the size of the market,” he said.

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