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Don’t Blame Cheap Chinese Imports For Destroying Nigeria’s Textile Industry: It’s Our Fault, Say Industry Leaders

Nigerian style apparel available for sale on the Chinese e-commerce platform Aliexpress.

Nigeria’s once-thriving textile sector is now fast disappearing due largely to competition from Chinese imports. But don’t blame the Chinese, said Mansur Ahmed, president of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, who puts a lot of the responsibility for the industry’s demise squarely at the feet of the government in Abuja.

High production costs, poor power supply, bad roads, worsening security conditions, and legions of rogue Nigerian importers have all made it impossible for the industry to compete with low-cost imports.

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