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Your tenure is a failure, Coalition of Arewa Civil Society tells DG NILEST 

Your tenure is a failure, Coalition of Arewa Civil Society tells DG NILEST



By Femi Mustapha





The leadership of the Coalition of Arewa Civil Society Groups (CACSG), describes the tenure of Prof. Mohammed Kabir Yakubu, as  the Director General, Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST), Zaria a failure, therefore demand for his immediate sack and  replaced with someone that has the technical know how to properly handle the Insitute.



The spokesperson of the group Comrade Abbas Aminu, while addressing newsmen in Kaduna on Friday, said, “Since it’s a research and training institute,  the  Coalition expects the periodic training of young men and women by the institute for self reliance and sustainability in a bid to curb unemployment.”


He explained that over time, authorities in Nigeria have alluded to the fact that the leather industry remains the second major viable foreign exchange earner after oil, saying that it is in tandem with the report of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG).



He said, “Also, the 2019 macro-economic outlook report placed the contribution of domestic leather production at 24 per cent of the total agriculture GDP in Nigeria.”



The spokesman stated that despite all the indices of high possibility of economic diversification through the full utilization of the leather industry, the only institute saddled with the responsibilities of transforming this trajectory into  absolute reality has not been achieved, stressing, “Could this be due to the lack of know how, lack of capacity to drive the institute, or the will to ensure we meet up and overcome the challenges associated with the sector?”



“We want to emphatically state that the Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST) under the stewardship of the Director General, Prof. M.K Yakubu has failed in all ramifications, rather thanking out of the box toward harnessing the leather as a product for national development, he chose using tax payers money to attend jamborees across the globe and nation and making purely insincere statements and instituting centres without manpower and Infrastructure in the name of boosting the capsizing old leather industry.



“We challenge him to present the number of hides and skin the institution has been able to produce our products for the hides and skin since his assumption into office as the helmsman of leather research institute.



“We also want to ask him to provide or make public the contract files for the development of effluent treatment for Daura, in Katsina state from 2016-2022. Hence, we call on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Crimes and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to investigate the account of the institute.



“It is obvious that despite clocking 2years in office and the huge budgetary allocation to the institute, the Professor has no meaningful development in the institute to his credit, especially in the areas of infrastructure and human capacity development for members of staff.



: We are worried on the level of the DG’s eye service visit to President Muhammadu Buhari’s hometown Daura to establish a 350m tanner, this visit is nothing but a prove of high level sheer incompetence displayed by a supposed academic juggernaut. We urge the DG to tell the world, the number of Youths, he has trained for self sustainability in the area of shoe making and other products from leather, as a way of giving back to the society, Nigerians are informed now, the era when chief executives run to the community of current president to execute projects all in the name of eyeservice is over.



“Key actors in the leather industry have lost confidence in him, and as such, we as stakeholders and an organization poised to defend the interest of our region and its people PASS A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE on his personality. We see him as an enemy of our region and Nigeria at large.



“The leather industry like we said is a viable sector capable of generating huge revenue for the nation and equality reducing the burden of unemployment.”



The group noted that there is enough skin considering the number of rams, cows, etc. being slaughtered daily and during festivities, pointing out that lack of engagement and collaboration these hides aren’t being properly utilized  for quality Quality locally made products like bags shoes.



He lamented that people would prefer to opt for a foreign make of such materials and lack of enough promotion of our locally made product.



He stated that the DG ought to have been working on partnerships with leather producing factories in Nigeria to see how the research experience in NILEST is being transformed to quality production locally and for export.


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