Nigerian leather hub expected to open in December
The facility is intended to help companies in Lagos State to process their raw materials into finished items.
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Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced that a new leather hub for the region – located in Matori Industrial Estate, Mushin – is close to 65 per cent completed. The equipment to be used for the production of bags, belts, footwear and upholstery is scheduled to begin arriving in October and the building contractor is said to have promised to complete all work by the end of 2022. The hub will house 42 lock-up shops where completed leathergoods can be traded, and the facility will also offer training opportunities for students to learn skills in leather manufacturing.
The project was initiated about 18 months ago in order to bridge a gap in the Lagos tannery/leather value chain. According to Mr Sanwo-Olu, Nigerian leather is being exported to China and Europe, after which it is brought back into the country in the form of expensive goods. He added that the idea of a leather hub for Lagos State was conceived in order to break into this economic cycle and add value to locally-produced raw leather materials.
Commenting on the facility's value to local suppliers, the governor noted that companies in the north of Lagos State will have a ready market for processing their raw materials into finished articles and that the hub will be a primary manufacturing source for retailers in the ecosystem. He further stated that it will generate direct and indirect jobs for small and medium enterprises.
This article was originally published on page 2 of the September 2022 issue of SATRA Bulletin.