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FG to partner Anambra in shoe production

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FEDERAL government has promised to partner Anambra State in shoe manufacturing venture.

Under the strategic partnership, federal government has undertaken to procure technical assistance in the area of providing equipment for industrial clusters participating the venture.

Managing Director of Anambra State Small Business Agency (ASBA), Clement Chukwuka, disclosed this in Awka while briefing newsmen at his office.

According to Chukwuka, support from federal government is not coming to the state as 2019 Most Supportive State on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprising Overall Winner, but also writes an approval footnote for the shoe venture.

“The award which was bestowed on Anambra State Government on August 1, 2019, in Abuja, attracted the attention of the federal government to support the state in promoting small and medium businesses as key factors to propel economic growth.

Some offices to be accommodated in the warehouse include Bank of Industry, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Corporate Affairs Commission, Development Bank of Nigeria and other key players in Micro, Small and Medium businesses.

Anambra’s victory of August 1, 2019 was the basis why federal government asked Anambra what can be done to achieve the mark. We, then, demanded for more support on equipment to enable shoe manufacturers produce in larger quantities. So, federal government has already ordered the purchase of the technical inputs for making of shoes.

`With this, we don’t need to travel to Italy or Spain to purchase clothing materials and shoes. Everything will be made in Anambra. If you go to Ogbunike by Nkwelle Ezunaka junction, you will begin to see industrial park for shoe manufacturing industrial clusters that was established by ASBA.

The facility has not less than 1,000 shops with functional facilities to stand the test of time. Anambra is creating jobs every day. There is the retraining of no fewer than 600 artisans, exposing them to shoes and clothes manufacturing,” Chukwuka said.

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