Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a mandate that all uniform services and theatre wears in hospitals and medical facilities be sourced locally from the Nigerian cotton textile and garment sector.
Mr Emefiele who disclosed this at a meeting with representatives of the military, paramilitary organizations and stakeholders from the garment and textile sector in Abuja on Thursday, said that the aim is to revive the nation’s textile industry which has remained moribund for over three decades.
“We have the mandate of Mr President to ensure that all uniform services and theatre wears in hospitals and medical facilities be sourced locally from the Nigerian cotton textile and garment sector.
“The bureau of public procurement has been notified to enforce compliance amongst the MDA’s.”
He added that strategies have been adopted which will facilitate long term contract for production and ensure that quality and security will be put into consideration.
“Our model in achieving this presidential directive is to facilitate long term contract, at least five years or more between yourselves with our textiles and garment factories to produce uniforms for our armed forces and uniformed services, using local fabrics and textile materials.
“We are not naïve of the fact that the nature of your jobs will warrant special quality and security around the production of the wears.”
The governor pledged that the CBN’s team will work with their nominees to ensure requisite quality and security associated with the uniforms.
“Our team will work with your nominees towards ensuring requisite quality and security associated with your uniforms.”