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That is an indicator that the Made-in-Naija campaign would boost Aba- encourage them beyond Nigeria and Abia State, and even made products. Lately, there were reports of an order for 50,000 pairs of made- in-Aba boots Nigerian that were for soldiers, as set by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Producers in Aba are clearly thrilled by this development, making them much more passionate, and with determination and renewed dedication to go the additional mile.

This can be very understandable, as prior to the time, the state governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu had embarked on an unprecedented promotional campaign for made-in-Aba merchandises, since assumption of office.

Not only did he personally take the boots/shoes, belts and allied apparels to the military and para military authorities to guarantee their quality, but had also cajoled them into embracing the notion of patronising home-made products, telling them that the producers have the capability to fulfill their demand.

Ikpeazu also sponsored some Aba-based leather makers and allied products to Turkey to expose and enable creation process is studied by them because state. And he's been in the vanguard of patronising local producers, as he regularly wears made clothing and shoes, therefore encouraging residents to follow suit.

But he is not in this crusade as Senator Enyi Abaribe has also sponsored a made-in-Aba merchandises fair/exhibition in Abuja, which attracted visitors from throughout the nation and beyond.

Aba, the commercial and industrial heart of the Southeast is celebrated for copy- creation, dubbed Aba - . Locally made products that Aba and Abia are noted, and which compete favourably with imported ones, include such as leather goods, shoes, cartons, totes, belts and boots. Both cities will also be known for creating quality soaps, fabricated machines, foam, beverages, cloth dye, zinc/roofing sheets, tailoring, plastics, paints, cosmetics, toilet papers, exercise books and bottled water, among others.

So, the present Made-in Naija campaign and inward-looking will undoubtedly strengthen the foundation already laid by Ikpeazu, hence, giving the much-needed push in the right way. Manufacturers in Aba are expressing readiness and their eagerness to work with the Federal Government so as to realise this goal that is laudable. They've been confident that their products can compete with those from foreign countries.

Ariaria Market in Aba houses hundreds of those local manufacturers, that are to the creation of various goods. They may be located in numerous rows of blocks, and generate about N100bn per annum, as they entice buyers from within as well as outside the nation.

The acclaim of this marketplace has grown over the years, so much so that in 2001, it attracted the attention of James D. Wolfensohn, the then World Bank President, who visited it in the company of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, then Nigeria’s Finance minister, to the delight of the marketplace community.

Hon. Ikechukwu Anaeme, the then Vice President of leather and allied products manufacturers organization, said: "when the World Bank President visited us, we thought that the alternative to our troubles had come, and that it would be addressed.

By imposing high duties "Government should patronise our products and shield us. Authorities also needs to help us in the procurement of suitable machinery and raw materials, provide steady power supply, as well as, enhance access roads into the marketplace, to ensure that trucks may come in to load purchases. We must have the ability to get into low interest loans.

We want authorities to award us contracts for the supply of nurses belts and belts, boots, wallets, leather hats to NYSC, Police and the Military. These are among our high quality products."He said there is a ready market and demand for their products, as mass-buyers come all of the way from Mali, Ghana, Onitsha, Sokoto, Lagos, Kano and Maiduguri to patronise them.

On the standard of the products, Chairman of the state Amalgamated Traders Association, Sir Christian Nwaubani, told The Guardian that the argument that Aba-made products are not superior to their imported counterparts no longer hold.

He said: "The quality was improved upon extremely. As soon as new layouts and brands emerge from any portion of the world, our creative team instantly dissects them to acquire the technique. It should be noted that it is the same materials used in producing these products that were foreign that Aba manufacturers additionally use. Interestingly, folks come from outside Nigeria to buy Aba-made products, particularly the leather and tailored clothing, including suits. Nigerians have also bought into the theory of patronising Aba-made products and so are proud of these, also, as there's absolutely no difference between the ones that were foreign and them."

Hon. Ossy Prestige, former First deputy President of the Aba Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ACCIMA), who's currently member of the House of Representatives, lamented that all the while that Aba manufacturers were so desirous of making high quality goods and consumers were patronising them, government didn't completely provide empowering environment and facilities, such as, regular power supply, water, good roads, stopping multiple and illegal taxes and levies, all of which, if addressed, would have had positive multiplier effects on overall production output.

He clarified that yearly trade fairs are usually held by the body, together with, and that ACCIMA is in the vanguard of creating awareness on the dependence on a change of attitude by government, undertakes trade missions abroad, to promote made-in-Aba goods.

"Aba-made products are in high demand in Nigeria, Mali, Ghana, Zimbabwe and Cameroon, amongst others. Nevertheless, authorities must play check multiple taxation and its job ," he said. Though there's still room for advancement "Our locally made products are of top quality. But it must be mentioned that many imported goods are also substandard."

Additionally, a former president of ACCIMA, Chief Anthony Enukeme, explained the organisation uses trade fairs to identify allied products that will earn Nigeria foreign exchange and various locally made products, notably garments, leather. He said: "If the exportation of Aba-made products are correctly pronounced and formalised by the Federal Government through the Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC), our national bundles will considerably enhance through enormous foreign exchange gains and fast medium scale industrial expansion. Every one of these processes will then create employment opportunities for our teeming unemployed school leavers."

He clarified that aside garments and leather goods, Aba is also understood in other places of commercial and industrial entrepreneurship, such as, metal fabrication and manufacturing of spare parts, cosmetics, soaps, detergent and plastic products, amongst others, which caused the international recognition of Aba by various world bodies as the "Japan of Africa."

Recently, ACCIMA, at a one day workshop on the challenges of Southeast stakeholders in transportation commerce, organised by the Southeast coordinating office of the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), recorded four of the challenges being faced in this line of business to comprise, imposition of Value Added Tax (VAT) on imported goods, describing it as an aberration.

A situation where it's charged on imported goods, the majority of which are raw materials, although "VAT is supposed to be billed on manufactured goods with value that is added, seems an aberration."

The body also whined that "most exporters in Aba are facing the challenge from importers of late repatriation of the export earnings abroad, describing the scenario as serious discouragement to all those thinking to investigate export business.

Other complaints were: Mishandling in transit to warehouses by law enforcement as well as other government agents, which they said amounts to indirect multiple taxation. In addition they mentioned the non-completion of the Abia State Dry Port undertaking at Ntigha, meant to reduce the Southeast importers/shippers numerous encumbrances.

Interestingly, there are just two main power stations in Aba, certainly one of which will be managed by the us government at Alaoji along with the other at Osisioma, run from the Geometric Power Ltd. The two environs and can handle providing more than enough electricity needs of Aba if entirely managed.

Based on Chief Henry Ikoh, the state Commissioner for Technology and Industry, who's additionally a distinguished industrialist, government is currently starting more markets, and organising workshops for artisans, where they're instructed how to obtain loans. He explained that there isn't any discrimination against locally made products by the authorities. It was gathered the state government has made budgetary provisions for loans to small and medium enterprises, part of which was specifically set aside for small scale industries.

MultiChoice Nigeria has announced the return of the Nigerian reality TV show predicated on the Big Brother TV series; Big Brother Nigeria. Now known as Big Brother Naija, the show is returning after a ten year break.

Speaking on this latest development, MultiChoice Nigeria, Managing Director, John Ugbe said the return of the show is one of the ways the company is improving the standard and variety of contents accessible on its platforms.

According to him, the show continues to be nicely developed following the successes of past seasons of Big Brother Africa.

"Big Brother Africa was popular for the entertainment value and capability to showcase common Africans from different walks of life. We determined to re invent the reality show once more by bringing back the Nigerian variation which we're confident will bring pan-African audiences for the same reasons that Big Brother Africa did", he explained.

Ugbe disclosed as more informative data on the show will be disclosed in the forthcoming weeks, that auditions for Big Brother Naija will hold in Lagos on November 26 and 27.

In the first edition of Yohaig provides the latest Naija news; show, twelve housemates vied for the coveted $100,000 prize money by performing various mental and physical jobs. At the conclusion of a three-month stay inside your home, Katung Aduwak appeared winner. The show also produced other notable stars such as for example Gideon Okeke, Africa Magic’s Tinsel actor, and TV personality Ebuka Obi -Uchendu.

Online retail store, PayPorte sponsors big Brother Naija and will air on dedicated event channels on DStv and GOtv.
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