Tuesday, November 15, 2016 10:27 am
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has delivered some pairs of made in Aba shoes to former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, at his home in Ogun State
Obasanjo had, at the 2016 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Forum in Lagos, ordered for them through Gov. Ikpeazu, who is also the “Chief Marketing Officer” of Made-in-Aba goods.
According to Enyinnaya Appolos, Ikpeazu’s chief press secretary, the governor personally delivered the shoes to the former president at the latter’s Hilltop mansion in Ogun state.
Speaking, Obasanjo said: “Governor, I can’t thank you enough, and through you, I cannot thank my brothers and my sisters who have decided to adorn me with these wonderful, classy and classic shoes made in our land by our own people.
“For me, this is very significant in many ways. In fact, let me deliver to you a message from The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) which they ask me to deliver to you. .
“Afreximbank is spearheading made in Africa, and they came during their annual meeting. The message they left for me to you is that they want to establish an industrial park in Aba to encourage production and exportation of goods made in Africa.
“And if the shoes you gave me here, which I am wearing one of them, feeling very comfortable on my feet, if they are good for me, I believe they should be good for Africa, and for anybody in Nigeria and indeed for anybody in the world.
“When we use what we make by ourselves for ourselves, others will simply join us in using them because we are proud of them. These shoes are so comfortable and they are so good. .
“Anybody watching me, no matter how high or low, who wants to help Nigeria get out of recession quickly should call the makers of these shoes in Aba to make for them.”
Credit: Abia State government