80% of Nigerian footwear from China

Nigeria
Published:  20 August, 2013

At least 80% of shoes worn in Nigeria are imported from China with only 10% made in the country despite the ban on the importation of leather goods and abundant raw materials and human capital Nigeria has in the Finished Leather Goods (FLG) sector.

The Director Federal Department of Livestock and Disease Control, Dr Joseph Nyager, who made this known during a one day workshop for leather value chains field officers and stakeholders in the industry on August 15 in Abuja, said the other ten percent of shoes come from Europe and Morocco.

Represented by a deputy director in the ministry, Ademola Madeson, Nyager said attributed the situation to the underdevelopment of the finished leather goods sector adding that the meeting was convened because the department of livestock in the ministry is embarking on new initiatives to strengthen the leather commodity value chains.

According to a consultant with the leather commodities transformation desk, Bello Abba Yakasai, Nigeria accounts for only 3% of the global revenue of the leather from the US$72 billion global revenue from the industry.

He said, though the number of tanneries in the country is down from around 40 a few decades ago to about six now.

The Chairman of Leather and Allied Products Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Mustapha Nabegu, said the association will work together with its members to make sure that Nigerian branded leather is respected in the industry.

Source: AllAfrica.com

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