Efforts of the Ogun State government to develop ‘Adire’ local fabric and make it a global brand has received a boost as the Federal Government, through the Office of the Vice President on Shared Facility, has announced its support for the local fabric.
A statement issued at the weekend by the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Dapo Abiodun, Kunle Somorin, said this was revealed when the governor played host to the Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Dr Jumoke Oduwole.
The governor, the statement said, explained that the shared facility would be provided to upscale the ‘Adire’ market in the state.
Abiodun who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Tokunbo Talabi, also noted that the facility would be channelled towards building modern facilities for ‘Adire’ in the state.
He further noted that the facility was coming at a time the ‘Adire’ industry was booming in the state, disclosing that construction work on the facility would start immediately.
“We are getting some level of support from the Office of the Vice President on the shared facility; the facility is geared towards upscaling the ‘Adire’ market. What the shared facility is, is to build modern infrastructure and because of the prominence and strategic importance of ‘Adire’ to the state. That has been the area that the facility will be; so the market is going to be redesigned. They are going to build new stalls; they are going to be specialized,” the governor was quoted as saying.
Abiodun also disclosed that the state government was getting the hotel chain in the state together by organizing a joint tour and pickup for visitors coming into the state through the rail, adding that the plan would further increase the influx of people into the state to relax, do business or play golf.
Oduwole, while commending the Ogun State Government for focusing on infrastructural development across the state, advocated the need to patronize hand-made local fabrics.
Oduwole, who also disclosed that the Federal Government would encourage makers of indigenous fabrics to scale up their production, added that the Federal Government would continue to pay attention to matters that would bring quality inputs into the country.