L-R:  Head of Investment & Technological Office of UNIDO in Nigeria, Mrs. Adebisi Olu Madimo, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and his deputy, Ahmad Aliyu in Sokoto

By Abdallah el-Kurebe

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state has said that his government would partner with the United Nations Industrial Organisation (UNIDO) to develop the capacity of the state’s leather industry in order to meet the required standards and boost revenue generation in the state.

Speaking in Sokoto on Thursday when he received Nigeria’s Head of Investment and Technological Office of UNIDO, Mrs. Adebisi Olu Madimo, the governor said that in spite of the challenges confronting the leather industry in Nigeria, Sokoto had continued to produce quality works for local and national consumption.

Tambuwal said that along with other private investors, the state government would establish a leather cluster that would boost the sector, adding that already, arrangements had been concluded to send a committee to Italy to understudy the country’s leather works with a view to improving Sokoto’s standards.

Madimo in her remarks said that expanding small and medium scale industries would help governments move away from reliance on oil, adding that UNIDO would join the partnership of the state government and the private investors to establish a leather cluster in the state.

She further said that Sokoto leather works was one of the best in the Nigeria and had survived years of challenges, largely due to the determination of the workers to continue production.

Posted by Abdallah el-kurebe