The Kano State Traders’ Union on Sunday, May 31,urged President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the N315bn textiles materials imported from China, seized by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) in the state.
According to the secretary of the association, Alhaji Aliyu Lamin Gwale, the association paid all the necessary taxes on the seized textiles.
“It was the closure of the textile factories that pushed us to China and we have been doing this for over 15 years. We are surprised that suddenly they went after our warehouses and sealed 75 so far. This has crippled businesses in Kano and our people have been exposed to untold hardships. It is unfortunate that after we overcame the insecurity challenge in Kano and traders started coming from within the country and beyond, the Customs are now doing this to us,” he said.
He said prices of textile materials had gone up following the seizure, pointing out that a bale of textiles that used to go for N20,000 is now N80,000.
Lamin Gwale said they were ready and willing to partner with the Nigerian government to revive the textile factories. “We are in total support of the efforts by the federal government to revive our textile industries. Our partners in China are ready to come to the country and establish factories in the country but what they want is improved security and electricity,” he said.