The Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun has said Pupils in the State public schools will commence the use of Local Adire Fabric as Uniform.
The Governor said this on Thursday at the official launch of Ogun Adire Digital Market Place at the June 12 Cultural centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.
Adire textile is the indigo-dyed cloth made in southwestern Nigeria by Yoruba women, using a variety of resist-dyeing techniques.
He said, “starting from next term, adire fabric would become an official school uniform in all public schools in the State.”
Abiodun however urged the government at the centre to adopt Adire as an attire for national events, saying appointees of President Muhammadu Buhari can adopt the Adire for National events.
The governor disclosed that plans have reached an advanced level to make Adire an important aspect of everyday life.
He disclosed that top government functionaries Ogun now wear Adire on Fridays.
He added that plans are underway to make Adire part of the School uniform in Ogun public primary and secondary schools.
The event was attended by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Muhammed, the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Oludotun Gbadebo
In his words, Lai Mohammed lauded the state for making efforts to showcase adire in the international arena, adding that, it was in line with the Federal government diversification policy.
He said the Adire Ogun Digital market place would serve as a veritable platform to market local fabrics, create employment and promote the nation’s cultural heritage, calling stake to make the best of the opportunity.
In the same vein, the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Oludotun Gbadebo, described adire as foreign exchange earner.
The monarch harped on proper handling of chemicals used in producing adire, saying it was dangerous and harmful to health.