By Ihechinyere Abaribe
Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia says his administration will enhance the standard of shoe making in Aba as part of its investment development strategy.
Ikpeazu, who made the promise at a press briefing in Government House in Umuahia on Monday, said that he would facilitate capacity building in the industry.
He said that the state government was determined to reposition shoe makers in Aba and as such had secured a 1.5 billion dollars shoe factory deal with a Chinese shoe industry.
This, the governor said would put Aba in fore front of shoe production business and contribute to the capacity building of shoe makers in the country.
“Abia government is ready to acquire its own automated line of shoe production machine and we have a time frame to achieve it.
“So, we believe that the interaction would contribute immensely to capacity building.
“Today, the option left for us is to open our space for people to produce in Aba.
So, we have translated our ‘Made in Aba’ campaign to ‘Make in Aba’ campaign,” he added.