Abia State Government is to partner with NIBRA DESIGNS LIMITED and NIBRA BRAZIL an International Leather firm to establish its footwear Factory and Leather City Industrial Park in Obuaku, Ukwa West LGA, as part of effort towards developing Small Medium Enterprises and manufacturing in the State.
The groundbreaking will take place today, January 28.
The chairman of NIBRA DESIGNS LIMITED, Dr Wura Abiola who stated this when she led a delegation of the company and its development partner from Brazil and representatives of NEXIM BANK on a courtesy visit to government House Umuahia today, said the company is partnering NIBRA BRAZIL to bring technology to Nigeria’s footwear sector working with the Aba eco-system.
Dr ABIOLA noted that when established the company has the capacity to produce fifteen thousand pairs of shoe daily from the beginning and one hundred thousand pairs at full capacity, adding that the company will also train Aba shoe Makers from artisanship to full entrepreneurs.
Addressing the delegation, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu expressed satisfaction that his efforts in promoting indigenous goods is beginning to pay off, adding that the development will make Abia entrepreneurs to remain afloat in the twenty first century Leather and shoe business.
Governor Ikpeazu said that his administration has no other option than to keep supporting the growth of SMEs and manufacturing in the state and promised to provide the company the right business atmosphere for its smooth operation.