Abia State: Better Days As UCCIMA Signs MoU With NASCIB
In its strives to break new grounds on Education tourism and technological transfer in the areas of pharmaceutical, garment and leather products among others, which will in turn be of immense benefit to Abia State, the Umuahia Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU with the National Association of Small and Cottage Industries of Bangladesh, NASCIB, the Apex Trade Organization of Micro, Small, Medium (MSME) and Cottage Industrial entrepreneurs.
Briefing a cross section of Journalists in Umuahia shortly after the Bangladesh visit, the Chief servant of UCCIMA and Vice President of Nigeria-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce said the MoU was basically to complement Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s efforts and to promote Small and Medium Scale in the State.
He revealed plans to meet formally with the State Ministries whose functions are interwoven like the Ministries of Education, Housing, Agriculture, Industry, Science and Technology, Small and Medium Scale and subsequently other stakeholders in the metal fabrication, pharmaceutical, ceramics, leather and garments to look into the gains achievable in the partnership with the NASCIB, so that by the first quarter of the year 2022, they will move to actualize the dreams.
Aruoma who lauded Governor Ikpeazu for building the first ever Enyimba Automated Shoes Company (ENASCO), with two million pair of shoes annual production capacity at Obikabia, Obingwa L.G.A, of Abia State, expressed optimism that a working relationship also with the State University of Bangladesh(SUB) would boost and promote education exchange programme and tourism between the State and Bangladesh.
His words, “During our visit to Bangladesh, we went through the facilities, Faculties and had meetings with the faculty deans of The State University of Bangladesh (SUB). The SUB has what it takes to give your Children qualitative and stress free Education.
“We visited the Labed Hospital, Nipro Jim Pharmaceuticals and Trust Bank( to seek financial investment Opportunities), we also observed that they have big companies and sophisticated modern machines for garment and leather production. They have block moulding machines that can mould about 1,000 standard and solid blocks per hour, if we can get that, our people in the real estate and construction business will now be able to mould their blocks by themselves faster and cheaper. It only involve our people going to Bangladesh to be trained on how to operate those machines”.
Aruoma however said, “With the MoU, we can have educational exchange programmes, our garment and leather manufacturers can visit there, learn modern ways of making clothes, suits and shirts and the Bangladeshi can also come to Umuahia with their equipment and set-up garment manufacturing Industry, which can also serve not only Abia but the entire Southeast zone.
“Abia shoe markers can also visit shoe manufacturing factories in Bangladesh, learn how they make their shoes, look at their modern equipment and techniques and marry it with what we have from China. Definitely, our ideas for making shoes in Abia State will grow beyond what we have today” .
He expressed optimism that once the collaboration between Abia State and Bangladesh kicks off, it will not only help to pull roaming Abia youths off the streets, but will also pull them off illicit drugs, alcohol and other vices created by unemployment.
Chief Aruoma seized the opportunity to call on the Organized Private Sector to work harmoniously to move Industries in the state forward, adding, “UCCIMA is striving to move Umuahia and Abia State constructively forward and that also is the essence of the Bangladesh visit”.
Furthermore, he congratulated Gov. Ikpeazu on his recent award as the best performing governor on SME by the New Telegraph Newspapers.