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Leather Industry Neglect Shows Nigeria's Manufacturing Struggle

  • Nigeria depends largely on imports from China for goods
  • Weak power, transport infrastructures hampering industries
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After three decades of operating Safiyanu Baba’s leather business in northern Nigeria’s largest city is on the verge of closing down.

Baba’s factory, plying the more than 1,000-year-old leather trade in the ancient city of Kano, is struggling as others fold amid a slowing economy, limited credit, central bank import restrictions, a lack of reliable electricity and the strain of cheaper imports from China. Now only a handful of tanneries are running, from more than 40 in the 1980s, according to Nigeria’s Tannery Council.