Samuel Bello, Abuja
After a long period of neglecting the country’s Pottery industry, the federal government has inaugurated a 6-man Ministerial Committee that would rehabilitate Ladi Kwali Pottery Centre, Suleja.
The Committee has Engr. Sani Alhassan as Chairman, Umar Shaibu, Umar Saleh, Yunusa Muhammed, Mr Linus Adie and representative of the Niger State government as members.
Mining Minister, Abubakar Bwari, who was represented by the Project Coordinator of the Mineral Sector Support for Economic Diversificstion (MinDiver), under the ministry, Linus Adie, said he is excited to be associated with the revival story of the famous Ladi Kwali Pottery Training Centre.
According to him, the new goal of the federal government was to restore the glory of the centre.
He said, “Our target is to re-create the glory of the past era and surpass it. As a young student in Government Secondary School, Suleja, the Centre was regarded as a citadel of industry and technology where ordinary clay is transformed into aesthetic household wares.
“The Centre attracted many visitors from all over the world. It brought the Nigerian local pottery industry to international fame and to us it stood as a symbol of industry.”
He described the Centre as good example in achieving the lofty goals within the nation’s local industry when accomplished in view of the country’s current plan of diversifying the economy, and creating employment opportunities for the huge population through the utilisation of local resources for industrial production.
He charged the committee with the responsibility of developing a new concept for the Centre, bearing in mind the strong need for its sustainability, current market segmentation analysis, tease out product lines and maintain the globally accomplished Ladi Kwali Brand.
Bwari added that they should recommend capacity programmes that include national coverage, recommended funding model that ensures the sustainability of the Centre; suggest the necessary infrastructure that will drive the fulfillment of the objectives for the new Ladi Kwali Centre and suggest any downstream development especially in raw materials supply that will sustain the pottery industry in Nigeria.
Reacting, Chairman of the Committee, Engr. Sani Alhassan, said this is a great day for the Suleja emirate, people and Niger State because efforts were made before with little result.
“I am happy and we will do all we can to get it done. It may seem daunting but we will do our best. What the MinDiver and Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has done is historic.”