The Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria (FADAN) says plans have been concluded to establish a fashion council that will regulate the industry for better output.
Mrs Funmi Ajila-Ladipo, FADAN President told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja that plans to establish the council had reached a remarkable level.
She said that if the council became operational, it would professionally regulate fashion activities across the country.
According to Ajila-Ladipo, the council will also have the power to assist in settling disputes or conflicts among practitioners in the industry.
“It will serve as an advocacy and pressure group that will campaign and push for policies that will favour and protect the fashion and textile industries.
“In fact, the fashion council will be like the NAFDAC of the fashion industry. It will be the mouth piece and voice of operators and stakeholders in the industry,’’ she said.
The FADAN president said that the council was not going to be private sector thing, adding that it would be registered with the ministry of trade and investment and other relevant agencies.
She said that the council would have government representation cutting across the six geopolitical zones of the country.
“The council will comprise Nigerians from different works of life including legal personalities that will reflect all parts of the country and stakeholders in the country’s fashion and textile industries.
“We are about to conclude the notification of people that will be on the board of the council.
“It is not just going to be fashion designers alone, but also influential personalities that can make things happen for the council as well.
“For example, on the board we might like to include the president of tailors association, textile manufacturers and other related associations to have a strong structure.
“Basically the council will regulate most of the things that go on in the industry, for example you can’t just hold a fashion show in Abeokuta without the consent of the Fashion Council,’’ Ajila-Ladipo said.