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Go To China, Conquer For Us, Ikpeazu Charges 30 Aba Shoemakers

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Governor Okezie Ikpeazu  has  commenced  the  implementation  of plans  to make  shoes and other  leather  works  made  in Aba to meet international  standards  and  market demand  as  the  first  batch of  30  out  100  youths leave  for China for  training in automated shoe  making

Governor  Ikpeazu  who  said  that  the state  would  be  spending N65million on the  first  batch  of  30  youths  for  their training in China  covers artisan, design and management.

Speaking at a departure ceremony put together by the state government for the first batch of nominees of Abia China automated shoe training programme at the Government House, Umuahia, the governor said capacity building and human capital development are essential elements of development.

He  said  that  lack of  automation was a  serious drawback for  the Aba Artisans  who  have  displayed  ingenuity in their  trades and that equipping them with it  would enable them  compete favourably with their  counterparts  in  developed  countries and have a share in the international  market.

He charged the trainees to remember that the foundation and essence of their trip to China is God and urged them not to disappoint the state and their families.

According to him, they should focus squarely on the purpose of their trip to China pay close attention to the machines and everything that would be taught them.

He assured that government would be ordering automated shoe equipment end to end on their return from China.

‘’I’m sending you to China with a lot of confidence. This is my wish to you that you go to China and conquer for us.’’

The Governor said that what is lacking in our part of the world is management and the use of science and technology.

Earlier, the special adviser to the Governor on Social Investment, Mr Chinenye Nwogu and the senior special assistant to the Governor on Public Communication, Mr Sam Hart, explained that though Aba is renowned in shoe making, it lacks automated shoe making machines which prompted the Governor during his trip to China last April to decide to send Abia youths to learn modern shoe making.





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