Governor Ikpeazu Performs Ground Breaking Ceremony Of The Aba Leather And Garment Industrial cluster
Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia State has officially performed the ground-breaking ceremony for the development of the Aba Leather And Garment Industrial Cluster and therefore the Enyimba City apparel industry all located at Umunneato, Umukalika in Obingwa government Area.
Speaking at the event, Governor Ikpeazu said Enyimba City apparel industry , which is solely sponsored by his government would be completed this year while the Aba Leather And Garment Industrial Cluster being carried out by Total Value Integrated Services Nigeria Limited would equally be completed and commissioned before the end of his tenure. He said that Aba may be a major contributor towards what Nigeria can showcase in leather and garment production, hence the necessity to supply the needed ambience for the event of the ‘can do spirit’ of the artisans.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu (Ph.D), said that since the beginning of his administration, the strategy of his administration has been to deploy the benefits available within the economy of scale to make sure Government provides common services that will enable Abia artisans to use their manufacturing skills. He directed the contractor to fall in line with specifications and ensure proper things are done by creating a sustainable ecosystem to manage storm water within the environment. He urged members of the host communities to still give their cooperation to enable the project to be realized as planned.
The Governor who expressed happiness that finally the State has provided a befitting place for the artisans within the leather and garment sub sector and that his government would offer everything needed to make sure that artisans within the State occupy their rightful place within the scheme of things.
Earlier in his speech, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Rev. Mba Eme said that the journey that started more than a decade ago is gradually becoming a reality because the foundation laying ceremony has been successfully performed.
He disclosed that the cluster would contain 15, 000 shops while the Garment Factory will have a capacity of manufacturing 1,500 garments of various kinds daily.
He disclosed that the project will have such facilities as Fire station , police headquarters , Banks, Clinics, Toilets, CCTV Cameras, Standby Power Supply, among other things.
The Project developer Chief Chris Simon of Total Value Integrated Services said that the Leather and Garment Cluster would accomodate leather and garment artisans in Ariaria and other parts of the State