Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, yesterday convened a meeting with the leadership of various shoemakers in Aba, under the aegis of Omenka Shoemakers covering over 14 shoe clusters in Aba, including Ariaria to brief them on the gains of having Chinese investors in the Aba shoe industry.
The Governor assured the shoemakers that their business interests will be protected by the government, and challenged them to take advantage of the coming of the Chinese to improve on their skills and learn new ways of doing business.
While stressing that the state government will do everything to protect the business interest of Aba people, he also warned that the government will do everything to counter attempts to frustrate its efforts to attract foregin investment in the state.
The Governor told them that 100 shoemakers from Aba will be going to China any moment for further training in modern ways of shoe-making that will impact positively on their output and quality.
Ikpeazu had gone to China where he met with a major investor- Mr. Zhang Huarong of Huajian Shoe Factory Guangdong, China who indicated interest in investing $1.5b in Aba’s shoe industry. Mr. Zhang had also visited Abia State to see some industrial locations within Aba, where he could site his industry.
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