Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto
Sokoto government said it is partnering with investors from Turkey to revive the moribund state-owned Sokoto Furniture.
At its peak, Sokoto Furniture was one of the largest furniture companies in the North, employing more than 10,000 workers and serving clients from as far as the neighbouring Niger Republic.
Conducting the visiting investors around the factory, Managing Director of Sokoto Investment Company, Aliyu Bala Sokoto, said the government is determined to bring the company back to its former glory.
He said, “We’re talking with the Turkish investors, under the auspices of the MUSIAD Group, with a view to collaborating in various sectors.
“Apart from our understanding on the furniture company, we are also working on the establishment of a light tractor and agricultural implements assembly plant as well as technical partnership on women empowerment through skills transfer.”
Team Leader of the MUSIAD Group, Resul Aslan, said a comprehensive report on the status of the company will soon be presented.
He said his Group is delighted with the collaboration and expressed optimism that the factory will soon return to full production.
Though important to Sokoto economy in the 80s and 90s, a downturn in the fortune of the Sokoto Furniture Company led to its closure and despite the provision of a loan by the Asset Management Company of Nigeria in efforts to revive it, not much was achieved.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal in 2015 cleared the N1.5bn AMCON debt and took back possession of the company, with a promise to revive it in partnership with private partners.