UMD NFLC Hausa Lessons/83 The Nigerian Textile Industry

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  1. Lesson Title: The Nigerian Textile Industry-This is a report about the Nigerian textile industry.
  2. Language: Hausa
  3. Topic: Economics/Politics
  4. ILR Level: 1+/2
  5. ACTFL Proficiency: Advanced-Mid, Advanced-Low, Intermediate-High; This ACTFL rating is an approximation based on the ILR level
  6. Modality: Listening
  7. Learning Objective: Maintenance & Improvement
  8. Subject Area: Language
  9. Material Type: LO
  10. Publication Year: 2008
  11. ObjectID: HAUS_12660


Original Translation

Gwamnatin tarayya Nigeria ta bayyana niyar bada tallafi ga masaku da suka daina aiki

Daf da saukar tsohuwar gwamnatin Obasanjo ne idan ba a manta ba gwamnatin tarayyar Najeriya ta baiyana niyyar bada tallafi har na naira biliyan saba’in ga masakun kasarnan da suka daina aiki ko kuma suka durkushe, sanadin rashin wadatacciyar wutar lantarkin NEPA/PHCN, bakin ma diesel, [{English}] karancin ruwa da dai sauransu. To da yake ga dukkan alamu gwamnati zata aika… wato zata cika alkawarin da ta dauka, shi yasa a ‘yan kwanakin nan babbar kungiyar masakun nan ta [National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers, NUTGCWN {English}] tayi kira da babbar murya ga gwamnatin tarayya da tayi kaffa-kaffa wajen kasafta irin tallafin da za a baiwa masakun da suka durkushe. Babu shakka wannan kiran ya zo a kan gaba, da yake sabili da halin wasu bata gari, galibi ‘yan tireda-tireda, ana iya shiga sharo ba shanu a wafce kudin masu taimakon da aka alkawarta masu. A cikin wata sanarwa day a bayar, Kwamared Aremu, wanda shine babban sakataren kungiyar masakun NUTGCWN, [{English}] yace duk wata masakar da ta cancanci samun wannan gudunmawa, kamata yayi ta baiwa gwamnati tabbacin sake bude masakunta, da farfadar da aiyukansu. Ya kara da cewa lallai ne kuma masakun da aka rurrufe, su bada garantin maida ma’aikatansu aiki, biyansu ariya da sauran hakkokinsu na [gratuity, {English}] bugu da kari kuma sutabbatar da cewa anyi amfani da kudin tallafin wajen sake raya injina da kayan aiki da suka lalace.

Nigerian federal government announces its intent to assist textile companies that shut down

It may be remembered that, toward the end of the former Obasanjo regime, the federal government of Nigeria announced its intention to provide up to 70 billion naira to support the country's textile facilities that had either ceased operating or had collapsed completely as a result of insufficient electricity from NEPA/PHCN [Power Holding Company of Nigeria, formerly the National Electric Power Authority], a lack of diesel fuel, water shortages, and other factors.

Since there are indications that the government will fulfill its promise, the National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers (NUTGTWN) has called on the federal government to be careful in determining the kind of support that is to be provided to textile mills that have gone under. This request has undoubtedly come at the right time, given that certain criminal elements—mostly traders—have come on the scene to usurp the financial aid that had been promised to the textile mills.

In his announcement, NUTGTWN Secretary-General Comrade Aremu said that any textile facility that deserves to receive this support must assure the government that it will reopen its mills and re-establish operations. He added that the mills that were closed down should certainly provide a guarantee that they will bring their employees back to work and give them back pay and other benefits and bonuses, and in addition they should promise that the financial aid will be used to restore machinery and equipment that is in disrepair.


Hausa term English meaning
'yan tireda-tireda "Many, but little sellers of goods" refers to small traders.
Shiga sharo ba shanu "Undergo flogging (a similar sport to a bull fight) without a cow" Being a part of an activity without the qualification for it or the resources is a phrase that means or bragging with nothing to show.
ɓata gari "Undesirable" refers to, in the report, corrupt people; or those who negatively influence a society, the bad people, rebels or criminals.
Durƙushe "kneel, handicap, fail, shorten, fail to function" "bring to nonexistence/collapse"
wafce kuɗin masu taimako "Take something that doesn't belong to you," in the report, refers to money from the government for support to shut down textiles.
Kaffa-Kaffa "Watch out," "careful"describing the need for a required action.


The Nigerian Textile Industry

1. A few years ago, the textile industry was a viable one, serving as the largest non-governmental employer of labor in Nigeria. In the late 1980s, there were as many as 120 textile factories, but by 2002 they shrank to 40 and continue to decline. From close to 140,000 direct employments in 1996, the figure has sharply dropped to 25,000. In all, over 500,000 allied jobs have been lost to the redundancies and plant closures in the industry within the last two decades. In terms of output, local production accounts for merely 20 percent of textile products in Nigeria.

CONTENT SOURCE: Musa, Yahaya (2008, July 29). Nigerian federal government announces its intent to assist textile companies that shut down. Inda Ranka - Al'amuran Yau da Kullum Sharada Industrial Estate: Radio Freedom.


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         <category>Background Information</category>
         <note>1. “I believe the textile revival fund, meant to be a soft loan to give textile manufacturers and cotton growers the push needed to recommence their activities, has the capacity to impart positively on the textile industry. However, the problem remains the inability of the beneficiaries to access the fund. This has ensured that the industry remains in the woods. Though the fund is there but what seems to be the bottleneck is the one percent commission demanded by the bank. Federal Government should remove the bureaucracy as quickly as possible to ensure that the fund gets to those who need it,” [Alhaji Lema Jibrilu] said.</note>
         <note>Nigerian textile is very beneficial to Nigerians and neighboring countries who import fabricsfrom them. In one Kaduna state for example, one of the textile companies has been functioning for the past 38 years, spinning multi-coloured fabrics, wax and prints, which are hugely popular, especially during festivities</note>
         <note>1. _Bugu da ƙari_ (hitting and adding) can also mean “moreover or additionally.”

2. _Daf da_ (near to, next to, immediately, as soon as) is used in other parts of northern Nigeria, especially Kano State, as _dab da_, which means “very close to.”</note>
         <stim>According to the report, what caused the crisis in the Nigerian textile industry?</stim>
         <fdbk>The report credits insufficient electricity, diesel fuel, and water supplies as the main factors in the collapse of the textile industry.</fdbk>
         <hint>Note which resources were mentioned in the report and in what context the NEPA/PHCN Company was mentioned. Please refer to the Notes for information about the crisis in the Nigerian textile industry.</hint>
         <stim>What did the government plan to do to support the textile industry?</stim>
         <fdbk>The federal government announced its intention to provide up to 70 billion naira to support the country's textile facilities.</fdbk>
         <hint>Note what 70 billion naira are intended for. Visit the Learn More section for details regarding the government's plan.</hint>
         <stim>What did the secretary of NUTGCWN, Comrade Aremu, call on the government for?</stim>
         <fdbk>He called on the government to be careful in determining the kind of support that is to be provided to textile mills.</fdbk>
         <hint>Note the use of the phrase _Kaffa-Kaffa_ in the text. Please refer to the Glossary.</hint>
         <stim>Why does the report call the NUTGTWN request undoubtedly  timely?</stim>
         <fdbk>This call came at the right time because there are corrupted people, mostly little traders, who are going to usurp the financial aid meant for  the textile companies.</fdbk>
         <hint>What does the report say about _bata gari_? Note the use of the phrase _wafce kudinmasu taimako_. Please refer to the Glossary.</hint>
         <stim>What are the guarantees expected from the textile companies in order to qualify for the government aid?</stim>
         <fdbk>Mr. Comrade Aremu announced that qualified textile companies must confirm that they will open their facilities again. They are expected to hire back their workers, pay their benefits, and use part of the aid to repair machinery.</fdbk>
         <hint>Listen once again to the comments of Mr. Aremu.</hint>