Ogun state government has concluded plans to introduce Adire in its school curriculum as an authorized uniform for all the students both at the public and private schools across the state.
Governor Dapo Abiodun, stated this at the launch of Adire Market, organized by Ajose Foundation, a pet project of the wife of the governor, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, held at the June 12 Cultural Center, Abeokuta.
Abiodun said that since the inception of his administration, it has embarked on the promotion of locally produced Adire fabrics as a means of empowering the people of the state.
He added that over 20,000 sellers of Adire fabrics have benefited from the various programmes espoused by his administration.
Abiodun further expressed worry over high volume of adulterated Adire fabrics by foreigners which has caused the local producers monumental loss to the local producers.
The Governor also vowed to end the importation of fake Adire fabrics into the country pledged that his administration will collaborate with the National Assembly and officials of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in this regard.
He therefore urged the National Assembly and other government functionaries to adopt Adire fabrics as an official attire for national events in the country.
According to the governor, “Some people just come from a country which I wouldn’t name, to steal our designs go back to their country mass produce it and send it back to us. We will soon embark on #End the Adire stealing”.
The governor, who commended the Ajose Foundation for the initiative, noted that Adire business is one of the surest ways of making end meet, which according to him has helped to grow the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises.
While urging the youth to key in into the production of Adire fabrics as a means of empowerment, the governor further described it as a way of making legal income rather than involving in getting-rich-quick-syndrome.
He, however, called on the stakeholders in the culture and tourism sector to partner the government in standardizing the production and market of the local fabric at both local and international level in accordance with the Local Content Agenda of President Muhammad Buhari’s administration.
In her welcome address, wife of the State governor, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, said Adire is one of the major cultural heritage of Abeokuta which dated back to centuries, but regretted that the tie and dye fabric makers are going through challenges which threaten their businesses to the point of extinction.
She pointed out that the Adire Market Week was aimed at promoting unique and authentic designs in their splendour as well as showcase it in every hue and colour, adding the activities for the three day event was geared towards taking Adire from Abeokuta to the world.
The event was attended by the former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former governor of the state, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, wives of Edo, Oyo, Lagos, representative of the wife of Osun state governor and other top government functionaries.