Local shoe makers said their business is booming.
A survey in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, has shown that locally-manufactured foot wears now attract higher patronage than foreign ones, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
The survey carried out on Wednesday showed that in the past three months, made in Nigeria foot wears, especially slippers, were now preferred because of their simple design, finishing, easy to use and other features.
The survey also showed that the local products were relatively cheaper than imported ones.
A manufacturer of foot wears, Emeka Eze, said that he had improved the quality and design of his products to make them more competitive.
Mr. Eze said that he had since introduced some people to the business; all of whom he said, were doing well. He said the items used in producing the foot wears are easy to procure and also affordable and also listed some of the materials as ram skin, discarded tyres, rubber and locally-made gum.
“The slippers are selling like hot cake, customers now even had to pre-order for them to be made in different sizes and colours,” he said.
Another manufacturer, John Obi, said it took him only about two days to undergo the process, noting that he could produce about 25 to 30 pieces daily.
“We are happy that business is moving and more people are appreciating locally manufactured products,” he said.
Another shoe-maker, Kelechi Nnamdi, said that the slippers could last for about two years and that they could even be washed and dried.
Kelechi appealed to government to assist shoe-makers financially to expand their production scope.
“We need a place where we can set up factories and employ more people so that they can meet up with local demand and even export our products,” he said.
Monday Shima, who trades in shoes, described the quality and turnover on the locally-made shoes as impressive.
He called on the government to promote local technology to attract investors and create jobs for teeming unemployed youths.