The minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, has announced plans to put an end to the importation of textile materials for producing uniforms by all services under the Ministry of Interior.
Mr Dambazau made the disclosure when the chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, led the management team of the New Nigeria Development Company, NNDC, to the Ministry of Interior to seek the Ministry’s support for the revitalization of its textile industry.
The meeting which also had in attendance, the Minister for Agriculture, Audu Ogbe, the Controller-General Custom, Hameed Ali, and Controllers-General of Immigration, Prisons, Federal Fire Service as well as the representatives of the Inspector General of Police and CG Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, applauded the plans to domesticate the production of uniform materials and other accoutrements used by security services in Nigeria.
The Interior Minister used the occasion to remind the various heads of agencies at the meeting of the need to adhere strictly to the Executive Order on support for local content in public procurement.
He admonished them to be guided by the above mentioned Presidential Order in procuring uniforms and other accoutrements captured in the 2018 budget, while hoping that the current effort at reviving the nation’s textile industries will ensure the complete production of uniforms and other accoutrements locally, by 2019.
Mr Dambazau further noted the need to support the revitalization of the Nigeria textile industry. He said domesticating the production of security personnel uniforms, will not only boost Nigeria’s gross domestic products, it will also create employment opportunities for our teeming youths, reduce proliferation of such uniforms by criminal elements, while deepening internal security.