Aba-made products inject N1.3bn into Nigeria economy

Over 1 million Aba-made footwear exported across West Africa

Made-in-Aba products have injected over N1.3 billion into the Nigerian economy, Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has said.

The products from various producers in the Abia’s state commercial capital were recently exhibited in the United States as part of moves to increase exports.

Ikpeazu was speaking at the investiture of Rotarian Andy U. Obasi, as the 15th President of the Aba Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture.

The money, according to the Governor, was generated from both direct order and expenditure into Aba economy.

He said that his government was not relenting on its oars as efforts were already on ground to ensure that Aba made produce gain the international recognition and as well put food on the tables of Aba artisans who toiled to all day to make the wares.

“Having served for at least, 24 months as the chief servant of Abia State, I will say that I have been able to change the timidity of the Aba business person from spending 18 hours and preparing shoes only to wake up and acknowledge somebody in Japan who did not do anything by just stamping on that shoes made in Japan.

“It is for this reason that I took to begin to market from my first day all products that are made in Aba. And I thank God that that efforts, which many people didn’t see as a wise and worthwhile one has brought Mr. Vice President Yemi Osibanjo twice to Aba in particular.”

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