The Bank of Industry (BOI) has partnered with Iwo community of Osun State to promote use of local fabric in fashion lines.
The Acting Managing Director of the Bank of Industry (BOI), Mr Waheed Olagunju, who was invited to Iwo by the Oluwo of Iwo said that the organisation is ready to assist the fabric makers to expand their business and improve the quality to meet export standard.
While inspecting the garments from local fabrics of aso oke and adire, he noted that the over dependence on foreign goods can only be remedied when Nigerians start patronizing locally made goods.
The inspection took place at the palace of the Oluwo Of Iwo, Oba Abdul Rasheed Akanbi, Ilufemiloye, Telu 1 in Iwo Local Government of Osun State.
He gave the assurance that he would sign a Memorandum of Understanding that would ensure that all those involved in the value chain are considered to enhance their capacity.
The MoU would also seek to help them add better value to their fabrics in order to make the product a good source of foreign exchange for the country.
The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Adewale Akanbi, also stated his reason for inviting BOI officials to the town.
He said that he embarked on a campaign to shift attention to usage of local fabrics for western designs to empower those involved in the business and to export Yoruba culture to the outside world.
He explained that the fabric is good enough to be used as uniforms for security agents, uniform for school children among others.
He also disclosed that through his efforts, a bill at the Osun State House of Assembly that makes locally produced adire the uniform for pilgrims from the state to Hajj has been passed.
The monarch urged President Buhari to support the initiative as part of efforts to revive Nigeria’s ailing economy.