As part of efforts toward promoting made in Nigeria products, Senate President Bukola Saraki is advocating the adoption of locally produced fabric, Aso Oke, as uniforms in state-owned schools.
Saraki disclosed this at a meeting with the Association of Aso Oke Practitioners in Kwara state, led by its chairman, Abdulrasak Alfa, on Monday, July 2, 2018.
The Senate President believes that such move would further create jobs for the teaming unemployed Nigerians across the country.
“As part of my ongoing drive to boost the patronage of Made in Nigeria, I met with the Association of Aso Oke Practitioners in Kwara, led by its Chairman, Abdulrasak Alfa earlier today,” the Senate President announced via Twitter.
“We discussed the possibility of state-owned schools adopting Aso Oke materials and other locally made fabrics for their school uniforms — instead of continuing to rely on foreign-sourced fabrics and an increasingly costly supply chain.
“Adopting such a policy would help to create more jobs for the makers of Aso-Oke, our local tailors, and hundreds of thousands of other people who fall within the entrepreneurial value chain,” he added.
Aso Oke, a hand loomed cloth woven by the Yoruba ethnic group in South-West Nigeria is mostly used at the wedding and other occasions.