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Industrialisation: Nigeria’s 7,000MW of electricity, limited infrastructure can’t drive economic prosperity –Stakeholders 

*Dr. Hamma Kwajafa, Director-General of the National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, argues the country with a population of over 200 million people still battling with 7,000 Megawatts of electricity and related critical infrastructure cannot attract needed foreign investments

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Concerned about the comparatively poor state of electricity generation, transmission, distribution and supply chain in the country, Dr. Hamma Kwajafa, Director-General of Nigerian Textile, Garment and Tailoring Employers, has declared that poor infrastructure, including power supply, remains the bane of sustainable economic development in the country.

ConsumerConnect gathered Dr. Kwajafa, who stated this while addressing the 35th Annual National Education Conference of National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN), in Kaduna, submitted the West African country’s drive for Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) could not succeed without critical infrastructure, such as adequate electricity supply.

Workers in a garment-making factory   Photo: Afrosartorialism

The Director-General of NUTGTWN, however, observed that South African economy is doing better than Nigeria’s because of considerable electricity supply to power the country’s economy.

South Africa with a population of just 60 million people, he stated, can boast of 50,000 Megawatts (MW) of electricity, while Nigeria with a population of over 200 million people, is battling with 7,000 Megawatts of electricity.

“That cannot drive a prosperous economy,” declared Dr. Kwajafa.

He also said: “We say Nigeria is the giant of Africa, but infrastructure is our biggest challenge.

“Go to South Africa; they have 50,000 Megawatts of electricity for a population of 60 million people.”

The NUTGTWN Director-General stated: “We are 200 million in Nigeria, but only 7,00 megawatts. How can that work for the industry?

“All dealers of textile materials now go to China to buy polyester fabrics and in Nigeria, they are asking us to use backward integration; that we have to buy cotton.”

Kwajafa noted “this polyester can be produced in Nigeria, but our refineries are not refining in Nigeria for us to get the raw material. The refineries are exporting jobs.”

ConsumerConnect reports the National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria is a trade union representing workers in various related industries in  the country.

The union was established in 1977, when the Nigerian Government restructured trade unions on an industrial basis.

About 34 unions merged into the NUTGTWN, including the KTL African Workers’ Union and the Ikeja Textile Workers’ Union, and 1978, it became a founding affiliate of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

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