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Why we initiated Abia Industrial Policy, by Gov Ikpeazu

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has echoed why the State Government initiated its industrial policy and strategy, and is partnering United Nations Industrial Development Organizatio(UNIDO)on the programme.

.Speaking during the public presentation and hearing of the Industrial policy draft document in Umuahia,Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu said the programme was important as government would not want to struck out a policy trust statement and pass it on to people without their input.

The governor , represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Chris Ezem, stated that the aim of the public presentation of the draft document was for government to have the understanding and input of

everybody from the industrial community to the document which will form the industrial policy thrust of Abia State.

He disclosed that he had ordered the State Commissioner for Agriculture to shore up the state’s stake in respect of her investment in agriculture, adding that since the crude oil market was down now, the alternative is the agric sector.

The governor thanked those that joined hands with the Ministry of Industry and UNIDO to produce the draft document which he said would go a long way in charting the state’s industrial road map.

UNIDO National Programme Officer, Dr. Reuben Bamidele, said the place of his organization in the project was in the area of providing technical assistance to the government of Abia State to be able to

craft a viable industrial policy to drive the industrialization agenda of the state.

Bamidele said UNIDO had assisted the state government with the technical capacity in terms of providing consultants who worked with it, industry stakeholders in State and across the country, to be able to come up with the draft that was presented at the validation workshop.

Presenting the draft document titled, “Abia State Industrial Policy and Strategy”, Prof Fidelis Ogwumike and Dr. Uchechukwu Ozughalu, said the industrial policy identified the strengths, weaknesses; opportunities and threats (SWOT) of Abia State, premised on its analysis.

According to them, the policy thrust of enhancing the manufacturing capacity of the state through leather and garments industry, for instance, was for government to put in place all that will strengthen the shoe and allied products and garments sector.

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