By Anayo Okoli
UMUAHIA—IN response to his earlier request, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, has delivered pairs of made-in-Aba shoes to former President Olusegun Obasanjo as part of the governor’s campaign to market goods produced in Aba.
President Obasanjo, had during the 2016 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Forum recently held in Lagos, ordered for the made-in-Aba shoes, after Ikpeazu had displayed some of them at the event and prayed for patronage.
Delivering the shoes to Chief Obasanjo at his Abeokuta, Hilltop Mansion home, Governor Ikpeazu said: “Sir, you made an order for made-in-Aba shoes through me when we met last in Lagos two weeks ago. I am here today to deliver the shoes to you.
“These shoes, including the one I am wearing are made by our people in Aba. We want you to wear them and tell others about them. As promoters of made-in-Aba products, we have taken it upon ourselves to promote made-in-Aba goods by wearing them and by telling others about them.”
Receiving the shoes, an elated General Obasanjo said: “Governor, I can’t thank you enough, and through you, I can thank my brothers and sisters who have decided to adorn me with these wonderful, classy and classic shoes made in our land by our own people.For me, this is very significant in many ways. In fact, let me deliver to you a message from the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) which they asked me to deliver to you.
”Afreximbank is spearheading made in Africa, and they came during their annual meeting. They told me to tell you that they have heard so much about Aba, and want to come back and pay a special visit to Aba, because they want to establish an industrial park in Aba to encourage production and exportation of goods made in Africa.”