Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has expressed great joy and delight over the emergence of Aba based FOOTWEAR ACADEMY with an AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN LEATHER WORKS at the National MSME AWARDS held in Abuja.
In a release endorsed by his Chief Press Secretary Sir Onyebuchi Ememanka, the Governor said he sees the award as yet another validation of the efforts of his administration to provide support for willing and able entrepreneurs to chart a course for themselves, and to make Abia a destination of choice for business breakthroughs.
Governor Ikpeazu noted that the fact that Abia State has consistently won this award which is organized by the office of the Vice President of the country is an incontrovertible evidence that the deliberate efforts of his administration to incubate future business leaders is yielding fruits.
He stated that in Abia, the business and narrative of shoe production have been moved beyond the artisanal to the professional level with structured trainings, overseas capacity building and automation.
The state chief Executive noted with pride that the two ladies from Abia who had won these awards previously, Onwuasoanya Norah and Prosper Nma Erem were part of the shoemakers sponsored to China for training in Automated Shoe Making by his administration, adding that the two ladies are currently doing great and breaking new grounds in their businesses.
According to the Governor, Abia is the only state in the country that owns a functional automated shoe company that is professionally run and handles major shoe supply contracts to key agencies of the Federal Government.
He expressed delight that the FOOTWEAR ACADEMY was recognized by the Federal Government because of the new paradigm they introduced into shoe production and congratulated the couple that runs the Academy, Mr. Bentley Chuks and his wife, Chidinma Emodi Chukwuemeka for hitting the national stage in a short period.
Governor Ikpeazu further assured them of the continued support of his administration and others who are genuinely interested in nurturing business ideas and growing them, assuring that he will continue to remain a student of the Academy until he masters fully the art of shoemaking.
He commended Mr. Sam Hart, the Director General of the State Marketing and Quality Control Agency and members of his team for their tenacity in handholding budding businesses and helping to nurture them onto the national stage, noting that the agency has boldly interpreted his vision for the growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.