The New Ultra Modern Shoe Hub Oba

One Major focus Of FG is to build a legacy which sees Nigerian indigenous products delivered to the world with class and excellence. The federal government has inaugurated an ultra-modern industrial shoe-making hub equipped with modern technology at Nkwelle, Anambra State with aim of boosting the country’s non-oil sector.

The unveiling was done by the Vice President, Mr Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday at Ezunaka Village in Anambra, describing the complex as a “one-stop-shop digital leather and industrial hub”.

He said the shoe factory has the capacity to produce shoes that would compare favourably with those produced in Europe.

According to the VP, the project represents the nerve centre of the Micro Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in Nigeria.

He said the federal government was fully committed to improving the commercial and economic environment and willing to complete all its ongoing projects in the South-East.

The complex was jointly equipped by the federal government and the Anambra State Government.

Mr Osinbajo said the project was embarked upon to boost the drive to industrialise the shoe and leather industry in the country.

On his part, the state Governor, Mr Willie Obiano, described the event as historic, noting that, “It is the day when the Industrialization Pillar of my Economic Blueprint finally takes firm root.”

“This is Nigeria’s most modern Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) complex.

“It houses an ultra-modern industrial shoe-making hub with cutting edge technology, having the capacity to produce shoes that compare at all levels with shoes made in Europe.

“This complex also houses nine agencies that play critical roles in nurturing the industrial sector of the country,” Mr Obiano further said.

According to the Governor, the agencies include the Bank of Industry (BoI), Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) and Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC).

Others are the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RAMDC), Industrial Training Fund (ITF), National Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Clinics for Viable Enterprises and Anambra State Small Business Agency (ASSBA).

He said the complex was the perfect interchange between dream and opportunity for youths in the state.

Adding his input, the Minister of Trade, Investment and Industry, Mrs Mariam Katagum, said that the federal government remained committed to empowering Nigerians through industrialisation.

The Managing Director of ASSBA, Mr Clement Chukwuka, said the agency prudently utilised the N2 billion MSME’s facility from the CBN to establish the complex.

He said the project would serve as a legacy with a multiplier effect to the state and nation at large.

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