Abuja - Government has commenced plans to revive dormant leather tanneries across the country.
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga said the government would carry out an audit of all moribund tanneries with a view to re-equipping and reviving them.
The minister has subsequently directed the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of and the Industrial Training Fund, through the National Enterprise Development Programme, to audit all tanneries in Nigeria and work with the owners to revitalise them.
Aganga said they had identified clusters in six zones in Nigeria to be upgraded to ‘world-class’ leather clusters over the next 18 months.
They include locations in Kano, Kaduna and Aba, among others.
The Kano Leather Cluster is already one of the most important in West Africa and sources lots of hides and skin from outside Nigeria to meet its demand.
Aganga noted that the Federal Government would provide the requisite infrastructure to support the growth and development of the leather clusters across the country, as part of the Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan.
He said the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and Small and Medium Enterprises are already working with the Kano State Government on the Kano leather clusters.
“We will provide the requisite infrastructure for the six identified clusters like the common facility centres.”
“The CFC in Aba is already in place. We will complete the one in Kano as well as other locations,” said Aganga.
Despite the moribund tanneries, Nigeria remains is one of the largest exporters of finished leather product.
- CAJ News