Chinese dominance worries Nigeria's textiletraders
Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Nafiu Badaru, ajunior civil servant in northern Nigeria's biggest city Kano, doesn't make muchmoney and it takes some cash to look good so he tends to buy made-in-Chinafabric.
"A piece of high-quality brocade(cloth) costs around 10,000 naira ($50, 47 euros), which is way too expensivefor me," he told AFP.
"With the same amount of money I canbuy six pieces of cheap Chinese brocade which cost only 1,500 naira a piece andstill keep some change."
The proliferation of Chinese-made textilesis a boon for consumers like Nafiu, with Kano and the wider north strugglingwith unemployment and economic constraints.
But traders in the city -- a centre ofweaving and textile manufacturing dating back centuries -- say such cheaperimports have been disastrous.
Factories have shut and trade in home-spunfabrics has dwindled, prompting calls for foreign investment within Nigeriarather than cheap, mass importation, as well as better regulation.
Fatuhu Gambo's business is one of many indire straits. For the past two weeks he has not sold a single fabric in hisshop in the Kantin Kwari textile market -- the largest in West Africa.
Fatuhu Gambo的店铺是众多受到影响的店铺之一。他位于Kantin Kwari纺织品市场——西非最大的纺织品市场——的店铺在过去两周里都每卖出一块布匹。
"The Chinese have effectively edged usout of business, leaving us with nothing but huge debts and heaps of goods inour shops," he said.
Talk in the market -- a colourful rabbit'swarren of shops and stalls that draws traders from Nigeria, Niger, Chad,Cameroon to Mali and the Central African Republic -- is of unfair competition.
"The Chinese have taken over theimportation and distribution of textiles in Kano and now they are into retailtrading, which is putting our traders out of business," said traders'union head Liti Kulkul.
dragon 15 hours ago
So what? That's there problem, not ours.
Strategist 12 hours ago
Aminu Abubakar: Answer this one questionfor me: Did the Chinese put a gun in the head of the Nigerians to allow Chinesetextile materials to flood the Nigerian Textile market? This did not starttoday! I remember in the late 70s-early 80s, when the Chinese acquired the AbaTextile Mill (AbaTex). They immediately removed the pension and the AbaTexworkers were not unionized. People who worked almost all their lives hoping forthat pension ended their working lives without a Kobo in pension to show forit! So, if Africans are letting everybody to enslave them economically, do notblame the enslavers (my term); blame the volunteer-slaves! Today, there is nolonger a forced Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade; you have people volunteering to beenslaved! What you wrote about is how people all over the world arevolunteering to be enslaved, in the name of capitalism!
Blame Nigerians who are addicted to foreign-made and the corrupt governmentofficials who are ready to sell their mothers for a dollar!!!
Let's hope that your Buhari will have and impact;unfortunately, I will not count on it, as it appears he is already running backand forth to Nigeria's former Colonial Masters for his marchingorders, even before he assumes office!