THE federal government has finalized arrangements with the Anambra State Government to procure technical shoe manufacturing equipment for shoe manufacturing industrial clusters in the state.
The Managing Director, Anambra State Small Business Agency, ASBA, Clement Chukwuka, said this while briefing newsmen in his office at Awka.
Chukwuka explained that the support from the federal government was due to the emergence of the state as the overall winner of 2019 as `Most Supportive State on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprising’.
“The award, which was bestowed on Anambra State Government on Aug. 1, 2019 in Abuja, attracted the attention of the federal government to support the state in promoting small and medium businesses as key factors to propel economic growth,’’ he said.
Chukwuka announced that Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, would in April or May unveil a state-of-the-art warehouse constructed by Anambra for the purpose of housing those equipment to be procured by the federal government.
“Some offices to be accommodated in the warehouse include Bank of Industry, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Corporate Affairs Commission, Development Bank of Nigeria and other key players in Micro, Small and Medium businesses.
“Anambra’s victory of Aug. 1, 2019 was the basis why the federal government asked Anambra what can be done for them to achieve the mark.
“We, then, demanded for more support on equipment to enable shoe manufacturers to produce in larger quantities.
“So, the federal government has already ordered the purchase of the technical inputs for the making of shoes.
“With this, we don’t need to travel to Italy or Spain to purchase clothing materials and shoes. Everything will be made in Anambra.
“If you go to Ogbunike by Nkwelle Ezunaka junction, you will begin to see the industrial park for shoe manufacturing industrial clusters that were established by ASBA. The facility has not less than 1,000 shops with functional facilities to stand the test of time.
“Anambra is creating jobs every day. There is the retraining of no fewer than 600 artisans, exposing them to shoes and clothes manufacturing.
“If you look around the shops, you will see where we are following the success story in developing tailoring and garment industrial clusters. We are bringing critical players into the clothing industry.
“This is another valuable addition to the economy, as no more importation of shoes and clothing materials. Indeed, Anambra has created more jobs,’’ Chukwuka said.
– Mar. 17, 2020 @ 16:50 GMT |