The state of Osun had disclosed that it is most willing to provide the enabling environment in infrastructure and security needed for thriving economic activities. The Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, stated this at a formal commissioning of the Omoluabi Garment Factory at the state capital, Osogbo some months back which was documented in a must watch video. Click here to watch
Aregbesola said the establishment of the factory became necessary as part of the overall effort to transform the state. He noted that the garment factory is one testimony of his administration’s investment drive and commitment to attracting investors to the State, adding that the state has the market, human and material resources.
According to him, the decision to give the students a common uniform was made with the aim of giving them a common identity and purpose, as well as a sense of unity and pride, which had been lost in the decay that set in public schools in Osun State before his administration.
He said: “Through this alone, we have provided job opportunities for our market women who supplied the materials for the uniform and about 3,000 tailors, who sewed them. This factory will henceforth produce the school uniform here. It will employ our people here. It will buy its inputs from here. And the batik it will produce will be sewn by our tailors here. All of these, among other gains, will have numerous spin-offs that will rebound to the advantage of the people of the State of Osun. The uniform material will be sold and sewn at control prices so as to make it affordable for our people. You are not only assured of quality, you will get it at good prices.”
The governor further revealed that Omoluabi Garment is one of the factories that has been brought into existence through revitalisation of the education project. He charged the managers of the factory to be innovative and uncompromisingly committed to quality, saying “This might appear to be a small beginning, but what I am seeing is the onset of a giant clothing industry that will take the nation and West Africa by storm in the foreseeable future.”
In her remark, the Managing Director of Omoluabi Garment Factory, Folake Oyemade, said with the garment factory in place, there has been a drastic reduction in unemployment rate in the state. Oyemade, who is also the Managing Director of Sam and Sara, said by the end of the year, Omoluabi Garment Factory would have trained over 3,000 tailors.
Oyemade said: “Today’s ceremony is a demonstration of one of your campaign promises. You promised to make the State of Osun an industrial haven in which youths as leaders of tomorrow would be catered for in the area of skill acquisition, job creation, poverty alleviation and wealth creation. This is just the beginning of better things to come. Your second term is a foregone conclusion.”
To watch a video of the launch of the Omoluabi Garment Factory, click here