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.