ABIA STATE TO BECOME AN ECONOMIC HUB OF WEST AFRICA; AN EMERGING REALITY.

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  1. Izu

    Izu Admin Staff Member

    A leader with a creative mind makes a difference. Pablo Picasso made it easier to grasp when he said "There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun"
    One of the things Dr Ikpeazu promised Abians and was re-echoed at the just concluded interactive session with Abians, was to encourage and fund projects that will improve the economy of the State
    Small Scale sectors are not left out. The sector is mostly defined by three factors ; size of business, number of employees and the amount of capital.

    Basic presumptions underlying the desirability of nurturing small scale industries are the perceived multiplier effect which small industries have on the economy and economic growth in general.
    Small Scale industries have helped the economy and the country in the areas of employment generation, poverty eradication, improved income distribution etc.
    As a bold step to managing unemployment meaningfully, empowering our youths and meeting the capability needs of our industries have proved to be a great step.
    Abia State has concluded plans to launch different programs which will enable youths acquire fit-for-purpose skills over the next 3 years.

    Abia State Government has urged Abia youths to take advantage of Dr Ikpeazu's administration's entrepreneurial and skill training, aimed at developing and incubating relevant skills in the area of carpentry, building, tilling, hair dressing, furniture making, hair braiding, mason, electrical work etc so that contracts on those areas could be awarded to them .
    Dr Ikpeazu already established skills acquisition centers in all the senatorial zones of the state which has put a stop to okadarization and kekenization of Abia youths in the name of empowerment.
    The desire of the State to claim her position as the SME capital of Nigeria will be realized through the proposed New Industrial City with emphasis in leather and garments.

    Dr Ikpeazu already developed industrial clusters within the first one year in Office. With over 30,000 leather and shoe makers and over 25,000 garment makers in the State, Abia will become economic hub of West Africa.
    Such high number of persons will benefit from various programmes embarked by the State Government to further formalize the informal structure through Technical and Vocational Qualifications Framework which would be one of the building blocks of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training reform plans by the Abia State Government.
    Furthermore, the State government with the creation of Apprenticeship scheme for garment makers and shoe makers will assist greatly in mentoring and reducing training period for trainees.
    Gov. Ikpeazu wants thousands of sandals he intends to give free to Abia students to be made in Abia State.
    In the Area of Agriculture, the State Government is encouraging farmers through soft loans, timely supply of Fertilizers to farmers and other incentives that will improve and increase farm produce.
    Dr Ikpeazu has revealed his plan to build Agric village at Ogwe community with Clusters in poultry, fishery and other farm produce. He reassured farmers of his readiness to support mechanized farming in the State.
    He desires that the rice and other food items in the State Government’s free meal scheme for students be home grown and not imported.

    Dr Ikpeazu believes in the empowerment of youths with more functional skills and potentials which prepare them to search for change, respond to it, and exploit it as an opportunity.
    Such empowered youths would be encouraged to establish small-scale businesses for self-reliance. They would take advantage of their developed talents to be originators of profitable business ideas known as innovation.
    The youths in Abia State are taught to place more emphasis on the ability to gain command of and combine resources in a new way that would be profitable.

    This type of education enables people to develop the knowledge, values and skills to participate in decision about the ways things are done individually and collectively, locally and globally, which will improve the quality of life now, without damaging the planet of the future strategies for social reengineering.
    Many small-scale industries are labor intensive, an important factor and a boost to employment in countries with large numbers of unemployed in times of economic distress.
    Small companies utilize more people than large-scale companies for similar production tasks. These small businesses often produce consumer products.

    It is therefore not a coincidence that Abia State won the bid to host the regional entrepreneurship development programme known as South East Entrepreneurship Development Center.(SEEDC) . An initiative that will train and fund thousands of people in the areas of skills acquisition in addition to other entrepreneurship programmes embedded in Abia Schools curriculum.
    The government is working to improve the economic condition of the state by implementing several policies aimed at encouraging local content production and small scale enterprises.

    By Ikechukwu Iroha
     

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