Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia State Governor, has said the state made N1.4 billion from the sale of locally-made goods.
Ikpeazu, disclosed this after a meeting with Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo on the proposed committee on the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, MSME Council in Abuja.
He said: “We are trying to set up a committee for the MSME Council and I am a critical stakeholder in that because Abia state is the SME hub of Nigeria today.
“Part of the direct fall out of our campaign since the past 24 months is that today some parts of Ariaria market, where the shoe making enterprise is flourishing, has enjoyed steady power for three weeks now.
“And we were able to attract about N1.3billion or N1.4 billion on direct sales from the Made-in-Aba shoes, made in Abia dresses and all that,’’ he said.
The governor also said that besides the investments the Made-in-Aba fashion show had in Abuja, local manufacturers also gained international recognition when they featured at a recent show in New York, USA.
Ikpeazu stated that his administration has been working on infrastructure: roads, electricity and security. He said all of them were part of enablers that would drive the vision.