FG To Launch Adire Production Scheme – The Minister of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, has announced that the Federal Government is prepared to help 100,000 individuals escape poverty through a subsidized Adire production scheme. She made this statement while visiting the Abeokuta Markets.
Adire fabrics have a traditional use in making clothing, such as wrappers, dresses, and headscarves. They are also utilized for home decor items like cushion covers, tablecloths, and wall hangings. Adire has gained global recognition and is valued for its distinctive patterns and cultural importance.
The Minister announced that the Federal Government plans to invest heavily in job creation by focusing on local fabric production. This is seen as a way to reduce poverty, increase exports, and ultimately boost the economy and revenue for traders.
During her discussion with the marketers, the Minister mentioned that the clothes they were handling were priced at N15,200, N25,000, and N75,000 in the shops. The purpose of their visit was to observe the local production process, from dyeing to drying, and witness the transformation into beautiful fabrics that are sold and exported. Additionally, the government intends to establish new clusters through poverty eradication programs.
Edu assured the market women that the government is committed to promoting the fabric globally and reducing the presence of imported Adire. This announcement brought excitement to the market men and women in Itoku and Asero Markets in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State.
Dr. Betta Edu, the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, announced that President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda is ready to support locally produced Adire for both local and international markets. She also took the opportunity to educate the market women about the market monies program and other social safety net programs offered by the ministry.
Contemporary adire artists are constantly pushing boundaries and exploring new techniques and designs,
seamlessly combining traditional and modern elements. Additionally, workshops and training programs are organized to ensure the preservation and promotion of this traditional Nigerian textile art form.