Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu says the establishment of the Enyimba Automated Shoe factory was part of his administration’s efforts to mainstream the state in the competitive global shoe market.
The governor spoke as he inaugurated a seven-member board to manage the newly established Shoe factory in Umuahia.
The members of the board include, Mr Kito Dominic, Mr Chima Nwafor, Mr Chinenye Nwogu, Miss Ada Asaze, Chief Udeji Udeagbala and Mr Osaro Ekomwererem.
He said the primary objective for establishing the factory was to create a paradigm shift from the old way of shoe production to promote new dynamics of shoe production with acceptable global standard.
He urged the board to transform “Made in Abia” leather works into a global brand.
He described the establishment of the shoe factory as a culmination of the state government’s efforts to mainstream Abia in the competitive global shoe market.
“All equipment in the factory are new and of the best in the world and the factory has the capacity to manufacture 5,000 pairs of shoes daily,” Ikpeazu said.
The governor urged members of the board to bring their wealth of experience to bear in producing a brand that could compete favourably in the competitive global market.
Responding on behalf of the members of the board, Mr. Mark Atasie, the Chairman, described the factory as a good foundation that would enable “Made in Abia” leather works to meet international standards.
“According to World Bank reports, Aba houses over 100,000 shoe makers and Abia will in no distant time take the lead in the leather and garment sector,” Atasie said.
He gave an assurance that members of the board would be committed, productive, professional and evolve profitable ideas in discharging their duties.
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