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Group hails Obiano over ASBA national award



GOVERNOR Willie Obiano  has received a loud ovation for his foresight in establishing the Anambra State Small Business Agency [ASBA], which has played pivotal role in winning a national award for the state in the promotion of small and medium scale enterprises throughout the federation.

The president of Shoe Manufacturers and General Goods International Market, Nkwelle –Ezunaka , in Oyi Local Government Area, Chief Clement Okemefuna Emesim, made the commendation in reaction to the first position won by the state in a competition jointly organized by the Federation Ministry of Trade, Commerce and Industry, based on the assessment of both investments  and results in small and medium scale enterprises, amongst the 36  states.

Chief Emesim strongly maintained that ASBA stood out as a flagship for rapid industrialization and economic revolution worthy of emulation by other states for the emancipation of the country generally, as an industrial giant in Africa.

He confirmed that ASBA was instrumental to the establishment of the ultra- modern shoe market which helped to relocate them from the congested Obodoukwu Junction, along Onitsha – owerri Express Way, containing over 1000 standard stalls.

The market leader asserted that the management team of ASBA, led by Chief Clement Chukwuka, as the Managing Director/CEO, had ”performed marvelously well to put the state on top in the country” with products from the industrial complex being exported to other countries.  Modern infrastructural facilities including water borehole, public convenience, office spaces for the Standard Organization of Nigerian [SON], maximum security and numerous housing estates around the location of the market, make it uniquely attractive, according to Chief Emesim, while banks and medical services would also be available for the welfare of the traders and people transaction businesses in the market.

He appealed to the federal and state governments to encourage local industrialists by patronizing home made products, such as shoes for the military and para-military forces, as well as minimize the influx of inferior synthetic leather shoes, bags and others that frustrate indigenous manufacturers.

For optimal realization of the objectives of the industrial cluster, Chief Emesim requested for liberal loans to enable them purchase modern machineries to increase productivity and standard of their products and also make the trade attractive to jobless youths as a way of fighting crimes in the state, since they had almost repaid the ASBA loan.



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