In 2015, then incoming Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, recognized industrialization as one of many pillars of his administration with the target of making jobs, bettering the economic system and rising internally generated income of the state.
To construct this Pillar of Develoment, Dr Ikpeazu utilized a 3-pronged technique to ship on industrialization:
1. Assist resuscitation of moribund industries within the state.
This technique has helped corporations like Golden Guinea Breweries to return to manufacturing after a long time of being closed. Greater than 1,000 direct and oblique jobs have been restored and created and our individuals are as soon as once more having fun with their favourite drinks.
2. Construct new industries
When Governor Ikpeazu dispatched 30 younger Abians to China to be skilled on automated shoe making, his intention was to maneuver the gargatuan shoe manufacturing enterprise in Aba from operated by hand to machine supported mass manufacturing. When the group returned, Governor Ikpeazu adopted up by guaranteeing importation of the gear they skilled with in China and thereafter established Abia’s first ever automated shoe making manufacturing facility known as Enyimba Automated Shoe Firm (ENASCO) with the 30 younger Abians turning into the drivers.
ENASCO is already mass producing footwear for establishments just like the Nigeria Railway Company and is about to additionally produce for the Nigeria Police and different navy and para navy organizations within the nation that hitherto imported their footwears at nice value to our foreign exchange.
Not too long ago, Governor Ikpeazu flagged off the development of Enyimba Automated Garment Manufacturing facility to drive mass manufacturing of clothes and trend apparels within the state. Will probably be recalled that early in his administration the Governor traveled to Turkey, Bangladesh and Thailand with some Aba tailors to reveal them to automation pushed mass manufacturing.
As well as, the federal government established 5 cottage rice milling industries within the state and is at the moment establishing 17 agro-allied industries in all of the native governments of the state. Every native authorities is getting industries that replicate their aggressive edge in agriculture with some having palm processing industries whereas others are benefiting from cassava processing industries.
In the meantime, Governor Ikpeazu proliferated 4 million excessive yielding tenera specie palm seedlings throughout the state in addition to established the primary poultry cluster to coach and equip younger Abians who’re eager about poultry farming.
3. Encourage overseas direct funding
When Governor Ikpeazu intentionally moved to make the state pleasant to overseas traders and traveled to world financial capitals to make the case for funding in Abia, lots of his opponents laughed it off as “junketing”. But, the Governor was not deterred and went forward to place in place safety, good infrastructure and different enablers that will entice overseas traders to the state.
The efforts of the Governor are yielding dividends with the state rated because the third favourite vacation spot of alternative for overseas investments in 2020 as rated by the Nationwide Bureau of Statistics (NBS), additionally with many new multi-national outfits opening outlets in Aba after a long time of avoiding or fleeing from the state.
Metal giants, Interior Galaxy are producing and exporting from Aba whereas Nibra Shoe of Brazil is actively developing a brand new manufacturing facility within the state. Different worldwide manufacturers are nonetheless investing within the state to faucet into the wealth creation agenda of Dr Ikpeazu.
Not too long ago, a person who was displaced from a northern state and compelled to return to the south east discovered himself in Aba. Very quickly, he was in a position to settle his household, rebuild his enterprise and is in his personal phrases “doing higher” than earlier than. Even the streets of Aba are bustling to the brim with many new companies opening up nearly each day thereby already placing strain on obtainable infrastructure. In response, nevertheless, Governor Ikpeazu has accelerated and given new impetus to his infrastructure growth agenda underneath his standard “Kinetic Abia” program and just lately vowed to double his document setting 108 accomplished highway tasks within the state earlier than the top of his tenure in 2023. He’s creating new industrial clusters together with at Ovom and Umukalika and dealing with Geometric Energy Ltd to make sure the roll out of regular energy provide in 9 of 17 LGAs of the state to assist fast industrialization.
These and far more are what’s making Ikpeazu’s Abia thick!
John Okiyi Kalu: Kinetic Abia: Ikpeazu’s industrialization agenda is delivering