Leather Value Chain Has Potentials To Address Poverty In Nigeria – Ag DG NILEST

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    By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria 

    The acting Director General Nigerian Institute of Leather and  Science Technology (NILEST) Zaria , Dr.  Eucharia  Ngozi  Oparah  has  said  that the  leather  value  chain  has  a lot  of  potentials on   employment  that  can  address the  level  of  poverty  among Nigerian  youth.

    Dr.  Oparah  made this  known  while  interacting with  Journalists  in her    office   on the  Institute’s  mandate and  functions.

    She said . leather  is  second  to oil  in  foreign  earned   revenue  generation for the  country  and  occupies  a very  strategic position in the  Nigerian  economy .

    According to  her, NILEST is the  only  institute o for  leather  research  not   only in  Nigeria  but  the  whole  West  African sub  region.

    The  Acting  Director  General  said that NILEST  is  a  hides   and  skins  development  centre of  excellence  with  the  much  needed   experts  on  ground  to  take up  the  challenges  on   leather  research.

    “ It has   become mandatory that  a  workable  action plan  for  leather  research and  human capacity  development in leather  be  adequately  strategized  in line  with  the  mandate, mission and  vision statements of the  Institute.

    “NILEST  has  been  providing human  capital  development  in  hides and  skins,  improvement,  leather  manufacturing  and   tannery  and  footwear  machine  operation  and  maintenance,” she said.

    On    technology  socio-economic  research,  the  Acting Director  General said,  the  institute  has  conducted  economic/ market  research  and  techno-economic  survey  of  domestic  and  global  leather  products  production and  trade.

     “Also, the  Institute  has  carried  out  general  consultancy  services on  leather  and  leather  products  sub-sector of  Small  Medium  Enterprises (SMEs),” she added.

    Dr.  Oparah  said the  Institute  is  carrying  out  quantity  monitoring  and  evolution of  reports   on  SMEs  and  recommended some  forms  of  incentives  to   trainees.

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