The simplicity of your narrative is uncommon, enlightening and refreshing.
Like you have rightly put, pushing high import tariffs as a fix for our import dependency (not just in textiles, basically everything), is a ‘fix’ that doesn’t fix anything and breeds inefficiencies.
Bringing down the cost of locally-produced goods will however come down to how well we can bring down the cost of individual inputs to the production process (last i checked there is a shortfall of over 500,000 metric tons in cotton production, so what happened to cultivating enough cotton Mr. Ismaila Bello says is very rich?!)
These is indeed time for practical and sound policies not the textbook stuff we were taught.
By the way, congrats on your column slot on The Guardian newspaper…finally something refreshing.