Tue. Jul 26th, 2022

INDUSTRIAL POLICY

Governor Ikpeazu says that, he is proud that by the end of his tenure next year, he would be handing over to Abians two industries, including ENASCO and the Garment Factory.

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu who stated this during the presentation of the Abia State Industrial Policy Document by the ECOWAS Representative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Mr. Jean Bakole at Government House, Umuahia, said that under his administration, Abia has become the SME capital of Nigeria and has continued to excel in SME development.

He stated that the first ever Abia State Industrial Policy Document enunciated by the state government in partnership with UNIDO will serve as a catalyst that will drive industrial revolution of Nigeria from Abia State.

Dr. Ikpeazu said that his administration will study the document closely and directed the State Commissioner for Industry, Promotion and Development to set up a team that would explain the policy to the EXCO with a view to convoking a stakeholders meeting in the industrial sector for the official presentation of the policy to the public.

He said the Abia State Industrial Policy Document is the 3rd of such documents developed by his government, noting that before 2015, Abia State had no Long Term Development Plan and Master Plan for Aba, Umuahia and Ohafia.

The state Chief Executive described lack of understanding of basic issues around problems, government seek to solve as the bane of development in government organizations.

The Governor who thanked the UNIDO Representative for partnering the State, appreciated the milestone achieved and congratulated the commissioner for Industry Promotion and Development Mrs. Uwaoma Olewengwa and her team for their resilience in achieving the feat.        

Speaking also, the Commissioner for Industry, Promotion and Development Chief (Mrs.) Uwaoma Olenwengwa described the document as one that would assist in industrial development of the State, noting that the administration of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu was the “first” administration that has come up with an Industrial Policy.

She appreciated the UNIDO for supporting in formulating the document for the State, pointing out that the document will prove that Abia is moving forward in industrial development

Presenting the document earlier, the ECOWAS Representative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Mr. Jean Bakole said the policy is a key to economic development to State, pointing out that Abia cannot be ignored whenever issues of industrial sector and development are discussed, even as the document would assist the State in changing the narratives of State industrial development.

Mr. Bakole, who stressed the need for governments to strengthen the capacity of investments in their States, commended the Governor for his commitment to modernize the economy through bringing in industrial policy with which to drive development in the State and urged him to ensure that the document is fully implemented and utilized.

Our Government House Correspondent Ezechukwu Adimoha reports that the House committee chairman on Industry and SME Mr. Mike Ukoha, the member representing Ukwa west state constituency Mr. Godwin Adiele, Chief of staff to the Governor Chief Okey Ahaiwe, the Chairman, Abia State Council of Traditional rulers Eze Joseph Nwabeke among other top government functionaries were present at the event.

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