The Minister of Interior, Lt General (Rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau has announced plans by the federal government to stop the importation of textile materials for producing uniforms by all Services under the Ministry of Interior.
He said the materials would very soon be sourced from local sources.
General Dambazau made the disclosure when he hosted the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Governor Kashim Shettima, who led the management team of the New Nigeria Development Company (NNDC) to seek the support of the interior ministry for the revitalization of its textile industry.
Also present at the meeting were the Minister for Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, The Controller General of Custom, Col Hameed Ali (Rtd), as well as the Controller Generals of Immigration, Prisons, Federal Fire Service as well as the representatives of the Inspector General of Police and Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
According to the minister, the move is part of efforts to support local content in public procurement.
The heads of various agencies present at the meeting, were also admonished on the need to adhere strictly to the Presidential Order in procuring uniforms and other accoutrements captured in the 2018 budget, which is expected to provide support for the boost and revitalization of the textile industry in Nigeria.
Naija News gathered that the Minister for Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, the CG Customs, Hameed Ali and heads of security agencies in the Ministry of Interior were unanimous in their support for the domestication of materials to be used in the production of security services uniforms in Nigeria.