Sokoto revives leather industry, partners UNIDO

By Musa Gada, Sokoto 

Moves to resuscitate and re invigorate operations non functional industries in Sokoto is taking positive dimension as it’s leather industry which is out of production for decades, receives boost for revitalisation.The Sokoto state government’s plan to resume operations in the money spinning industry followed? a seven- day assessment visit to the state by a team of officials from the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) which began yesterday. 

Part of the team’s strategic approach under the organisation’s Investment/Technology Promotion Office, is to meet with stakeholders and other experts to map out strategies on how best to produce, package and market Sokoto leather works for export. 

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal who received the high powered delegation said his administration remains committed and determined to smoothen path and lay solid structures for the industrial development of the state. 

According to Tambuwal?, the economic potentials that abound in the state would not be allowed to waste in the midst of opportunities for the benefit of its people. 

He noted that Sokoto leather was one of the best in the world, stressing that” We are determined to properly nurture the sector to ensure our people benefit from it. 

Your coming here demonstrates our commitment to this objective. Be assured that we will do our bit to ensure the desired objective is achieved,” he said. 

Speaking earlier, Head of UNIDO Nigeria Office, Mrs Adebisi Folashade, said the visit was part of measures to concretise previous agreements signed by her office and the Sokoto government. 

She said during the visit, all stakeholders will make input to the committee for further action. 

“At the end of this visit, a working document will be prepared for presentation to investors and other interest groups,” she added. 

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