By Abiodun Foluso
I saw the Facebook post of these two gentlemen rushing to catch up with another official meeting, and what came to mind is just amazing. Imagine if they were wearing Babariga or Agbada.
Would they be able to keep up smart paces? Agbada and Babariga should be used only as ceremonial dresses and not for office use.
The other angle to this picture is that we can save a lot of foreign exchange if we make it a habit or culture to use kaftans like this as official dressing models.
The whole lot of money used in buying foreign wear like shirts and trousers and suits, coats, and blazers will be saved, and the pressure on the naira caused by excessive demand on US dollars will be minimized.
In addition, thousands of jobs will be created for our people as tailors will have plenty of engagement because of increased demand for their services.
Thirdly, the big one is that our textile manufacturing industry will be reawakened as they will now be rolling tons of fabrics from their machines for local consumption.
School uniforms can be redesigned to take cognizance of our culture and climate instead of the poor mentality of wearing ties where air conditioners are scarce to come by.
Our over 200 million population is not a burden; it is a gift, and if properly utilized, it will definitely increase our prosperity.
State governments can start this project in Nigeria and encourage corporate organizations to adopt it. Your guess is as good as mine.
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