Investments and suspicions regarding the Nigerian leather supply chain. The authorities of the African country signed a public-private partnership agreement for the development of a textile factory and a shoe factory in the city of Aba, and of a tannery in the state of Kano. In the meantime, however, pollution problems persist. Following the discovery of a shoal of dead fish in a river located near a tanning district, authorities fear that the cause is related to the spilling of substances in the waterway by leather processing companies.
Government agency NAN has announced the birth of the shared public-private project. Reportedly, the creation of the textile factory and shoe factory in Aba combined with the tannery in Kano will entail a total investment of around 12 million euros. The goal is to revitalise the country’s industries and create nearly 1,300 new jobs. The project has not yet been authorised. For it to be, the green light from the Ministry of the Interior is needed.
Meanwhile, a group of tanneries ends up in the eye of the authorities. On May 16, a shoal of fish died along Wudil River in the state of Kano. The waterway, which gives the district its name, flows near a tanning district. According to the authorities, the fishes may have died from the pollution produced by the companies processing leather. The polluted effluents were said to have been released around midnight that day.