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Union condemns lifting of ban on textile importation
08
Dec '10
The National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN) has strongly condemned the Federal Government's decision of allowing imported textiles and other foreign items into the country by lifting the ban on their importation.

The NUTGTWN, in a recently released statement, has stated that the move would prove disastrous for the domestic firms.

While considering this move of lifting the ban on importation of foreign items including textiles, toothpicks, furniture and cassava items, and extending the time limit of imported second-hand vehicles from eight to 15 years, to be erroneous, the union said that it would rather prove disastrous for the nation which is trying hard to find a place amongst the top 20 industrialized nations of the world.

The government's decision is a total policy turn-over from its drive of developing the non-oil sector and the manufacturing sub-sector, in particular. The union stated that, the ban on importation of textile products was imposed in view of the fact that, large scale importation of these products would destabilize the domestic manufacturing industries.

Also, the domestic investors, who already were functioning under high pressure, had smugglers to deal with.

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