Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has said that his administration is geared towards reconstruction of two major markets in Abia with 21st century compliant gadgets such as could be found in Korea and China.
Governor Ikpeazu was speaking at Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia during a research presentation workshop tagged “Fixing The Enterprise: Sustainable Solution To Challenges In Markets” by Abia State Ministry of MSME Development and Office of the Governor (Strategic Development Communication) in partnership with NEXTIER CAPITAL.
The Governor, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Investment, Sir. Sam Egwu M.C reiterated delivering on Commerce and Industry to the people of Abia as one of the cardinal focuses of his administration, listing promotion of Made-in-Aba Products, sending of 30 artisans to China to learn Automated Shoe production, and construction of roads leading to major markets as some of the things done by his government to boost the Commerce and Industry sector in addition to sensitization of the people on the importance of e-Commerce.
Governor Ikpeazu stressed that Abia State government is working tirelessly to restore the glory of Aba which he said had been a major business centre before the likes of Ochanja Market of Onitcha and the rest. He congratulated the organizers of the workshop and assured of commitment to the full realization e-Commerce platform in the State.
Speaking to newsmen on the side, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Small & Medium Enterprise Development, Mr. Nkwachukwu Agomoh said the new normalcy calls for a rethink on our market system by bracing up and tapping proactively from the research study of NEXTIER CAPITAL particularly with Anambra State which he described as a micro zone of what the South-East represents.
“So we are looking at the study they have made and to see how we can turn around our open air market, resolve our challenges and bring solution going forward,” he said.
The Permanent Secretary said that government has engaged in massive infrastructure upgrade both in Umuahia and Aba to bring about the deserved change in the Open Market system.
Speaking earlier in his open remark, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Strategic Development Communications, Elder Kennedy Onyenma commended the researchers for their noble initiative saying “it is an eye opener to traders and users of open markets in the South East”.
He expressed confidence that the research work would provide a direction to a better development of the markets in the South East in line with international best practices, as well as thanked Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for making the event a success.
In his speech, the principal partner of the project, Mr. Patrick Okigbo disclosed that the open markets today are under intense pressure but expressed hope that the leaders of the markets would make good use of the ideas and findings from the research.
He thanked Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for the support the researchers received from him to arrive at their findings and commended him for considering it feat to establish a full-fledged Ministry of SME in Abia State.
On his part, the Lead Researcher, Dr. Emeka Ilo while presenting his research mentioned four areas to fix in the open market to include; governance, structural issues, issues of fire outbreak and e-Commerce, stressing the need for sensitization on the e-Commerce as the world is moving from normal open market to e-Commerce.
Dr. Ilo advised that each market in the South-East States determines the best governance structure markets in the States would apply.
Also speaking to newsmen after the event was Mr. Chiedozie Njoku of Checkbest Limited who referred Abia as an “investors heaven” commended the detailed research of NEXTIER CAPITAL, and urged the masses take into place the findings of the research workshop.
Abia Online reports that dignitaries from ACCIMA, UCCIMA, ASMATA, NGOs, among other critical stakeholders from in and outside the State graced the event.