The Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu was on Friday 19th November, 2021 honoured with an Award of recognition from the New Telegraph Newspaper for his giant strides In SME development.
The reputable Newspaper whose Awards are always keenly contested is held at a very high esteem nationwide. The Governor won other nominees under the category based on his demonstration of quality leadership which has translated to positive impact on all facets of Abia development, most especially in the area of SME.
This Award was as a result of Abia’s tangible development in SME; It is worthy to mention the recently commissioned Enyimba Automated Shoe Company Aba by the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan as an exceptional SME advancement project by Dr. Ikpeazu. The garment factory initiative is another remarkable feat worthy of note. The Governor also supports SME through enhanced human capacity development; most significantly is sending 30 shoe makers to China to acquire skills in automated shoe production.
In furtherance to his untiring support for SME, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has been at the forefront of ensuring a smooth and quickest take-off of the Aba integrated power project by Geometric power limited. The Governor’s effort in this regard has materialised as Geometric power limited has secured the much needed operational funding from Afrinexim Bank. The Aba integrated power project will provide constant supply of electricity to Aba and its environs; Aba is Abia’s industrial hub. Power is one of the most essential requirements for effective SME development; power has been a bane of SME development but Dr. Ikpeazu’s support has erased that difficulty of power.
The Award ceremony was held at the Federal Palace Hotel, had many dignitaries in attendance viz: The Governor of Lagos state, the Senate President, the Chief whip of the current Senate, the Minister of sports among others.
We congratulate his Excellency, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu for his persistence against all odds in bringing the made-in-Aba products to the world stage and turning Abia State to be the number one SME destination nationwide. Your efforts sir, has paid off as made-in-Aba is now acceptable worldwide for its quality, beauty and perfect finishing. The various Awards you have won is a testament of your steadfastness in rebuilding Abia.
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