By Chinyere Bassey
A labour leader, Mr Isa Aremu, has called on the Federal Government to establish a national institute for tailors to boost their skills and education.
Aremu, General Secretary, National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN), said that the institute would enable Nigerian tailors to compete favourably with their counterparts in other countries.
He spoke on Thursday at an event organised by the Nigeria Union of Tailors (NUT) in collaboration with NUTGTWUN to mark 50 years of tailoring in Lagos State.
Aremu added that tailors should have the opportunity of acquiring higher academic qualifications in their profession and be professors or doctors of fashion.
He urged that the federal and state governments should empower tailors financially to expand their businesses and contribute more to economic growth.
” Where there are jobs, there is peace and development,” he said.
The labour leader prayed that Nigeria would overcome kidnapping and other forms of insecurity to enable the citizens to concentrate on their jobs and contribute meaningfully to national development.
Mr Idowu Adelakun, Lagos State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, attributed increase in kidnapping and other crimes to unemployment.
He urged the state government to continue to support tailors to enable them to do their best.
Also, Mr Wasiu Taiwo, National President of NUT, said that tailors needed more training.
According to him, capacity building was necessary for national advancement.
”We need equipment to train our tailors; we do not have what it takes to showcase our skills.
”There is no tailor in the country that produces en masse,” Taiwo said.
He said that the union had a plan to set up sewing hubs to develop the skills of tailors as well as create employment.
In his remarks, Mr John Adaji, NUTGTWUN President, hailed Lagos State Government for providing a loan scheme to artisans and some other self-employed persons.
Adaji urged the government to help to revive industries and support the informal sector to enhance the mega city status of the state.