From Left: Managing Director, Bank of Industry (BoI), Olukayode Pitan; Head, Corporate Bank, Fidelity Bank Plc, Obaro Odeghe; and H.E Dr., Executive Governor, Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu; at the official commissioning of a new secretariat donated by Fidelity Bank to the Leather Products Manufacturers Association of Abia State (LEPMAAS) in Aba on Wednesday.
By John Okoh
Bid by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state to boost businesses in the one of the foremost SME hub in Nigeria, Aba, has received a major support with the contribution of a new secretariat built by Fidelity Bank and donated to the Leather Products Manufacturers Association of Abia State, LEPMASS, in Aba on Wednesday.
Governor Ikpeazu, Wednesday commissioned the (LEPMAAS) Secretariat donated by Fidelity Bank in Aba.
Also, the Finished Leather Goods Cluster Finance Scheme supported by Fidelity Bank was formally launched by the Bank of Industry (BOI).
Present at the occasion were Head, Corporate Bank, Fidelity Bank Plc, Obaro Odeghe; Executive Director, Bank of Industry (BoI), Toyin Adedeji; Managing Director, Bank of Industry, Olukayode Pitan; Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment, Edet Akpan; Divisional Head, Managed SMEs, Fidelity Bank Plc, Osaigbovo Omorogbe at the formal launch of the Aba Finished Leather Goods Cluster Finance Scheme supported by Fidelity Bank, which held in Aba on Wednesday.
Located in the state Industrial City located at Umukalika in Obingwa LGA within Aba metropolis City, LEPMAAS is a full service Public Private Partnership Initiative wherein the Abia State Government is providing the land and infrastructure while a private developer is providing the buildings.
Facilities there include latest equipment and machinery for processing finished leather goods ana atmosphere for enterprises to thrive.
The Industrial City comes with a Waste Recycling Power Plant to Power the entire complex and guarantee 24hr power supply.
During a recent visit to the state, Acting President, Yemi Osibanjo, eulogized the creative wizardry of the operators of local industry.
He said: “Aba made has become a mark of excellence. From the interaction I had with the manufacturers, Nigeria has great ability to do wonderful things, become creators and inventors and Aba exemplify such Nigerian attribute of being inventive”
“These are some of the reasons that informed the decision to bring all the agencies together to a hub center where growth of businesses will be discussed, Aba has what it takes to compete with what can be seen in China”
To buttress the presidential statement, the Nigeria military ordered 50,000 locally made boots from Aba. Following on that footstep, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC) placed order for 5,000 conference leather bags to be delivered within a specified period.