Reps tasks military, para-military on locally made uniforms

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

The Nigerian government has been urged to source and procure uniforms and other wearing apparels of the country’s military and paramilitary agencies locally.

This was to revive the garment, shoes and textile companies across the country in line with government’s industrialisation policy.

In a motion under matters of urgent public importance presented and adopted before the House of Representatives, Members decried the huge amount spent annually on Uniforms, which could develop the country’s manufacturing sector.

“In the 2016 budget alone, over four billion Naira was set aside for uniforms of Military and Para-Military agencies. This amount could turn around the moribund Textile and Garment as well as leather industries to contribute positively to Nigeria’s Industrialization and to create the much needed job for the country.”

Leading the debate on the Motion, Mr. Prestige Ossey, from Abia State, sponsor of the motion said if uniforms those agencies are indigenously manufactured, it would boost the productivity of the indigenous cloth manufacturers to produce for export.

“The practice of importing military and paramilitary uniforms was in contrast with what obtains in other countries, which produce and manufacture such in their domains. Nigeria has good indigenous clothes, shoes and sundry wearing apparels manufacturers, who could be engaged for that purpose.” Mr. Ossy stressed.

Members unanimously agreed that government through the Bank of Industry should provide financial support for the manufacturing sector to develop the nation’s economy.

The lawmakers equally said the uniforms to be produced locally should include those of health personnel across the country.

Finding solutions to the economic recession as well as alternative revenue source for the country has been the major focus of the lawmakers, since their return from annual recess last week.