The Nigerian Army has placed an order for 500,000 pair of boots from shoemakers in Aba, Abia State, as part of buy-made-in-Nigeria campaign by the Buhari Administration.
Governor Victor Ikpeazu, who announced the deal in Lagos, said he expected other arms of the military, as well as the Police, Para Military Organizations and National Youth Service Corps to also patronize shoe makers in the State.
The army, before the deal, was importing most of its footwear.
The governor said a large expanse of land had been acquired near Ogbor hill on the outskirt of Aba metropolis for the construction of a leather village.
He said that footwear’s, belt and bags would be produced in the proposed leather village.