Ikpeazu bringing-in foreign Investors – While Gunmen terrorise Aba

Ikpeazu secured a $1.5billion business deal with a Chinese company

The news of Governor Ikpeazu’s $1.5billion business deal with a Chinese company for the establishment of a shoe industry in Aba – made it through the internet yesterday, generating so much buzz and argument.

The deal, as the Abia State government alleged, will foster a way to employ about 10,000 unemployed Abians.

It will be recalled that Ikpeazu secured the agreement for the business deal during a meeting with Mr. Zhang Huarong, Chairman of Huajian Group in the course of his official visit to China for the first Nigeria-China Governors Investment Forum.

The Abia-Huajian Shoe Industrial City will be located in Aba, the commercial nerve centre of Abia State.

Lest will forget that, Aba has been terrorised by hoodlums, kidnapping Business owners and wealthy men for ransom.

A report by Daily Sun Newspaper gathered that barely 24 hours after the police in Aba, Abia State killed two armed robbers and arrested two others, another dare-devil gang yesterday shot through the city and kidnapped a yet-to-be identified man.

The robbers had stormed the commercial city at about 5.30pm, shooting sporadically, as they chased a man driving a  red Toyota Camry car from Azikiwe Road, in the heart of the city.

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 The hoodlums caught up with the victim between Pound Road and St. Michael’s Road/Adazi Road, where they reportedly shot him on the leg before taking him away.

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 As the robbers made their escape bid, they shot their way through East Street, forcing residents to scamper for safety. Those who opened for business abandoned their shops and ran for safety.

At about 7pm, when residents thought the situation had been brought under control, with the police and soldiers stationed at strategic areas of the city, sporadic shootings again erupted around the Good Morning Market axis of the city. It was gathered that the gunmen appeared again in the area, shooting in all directions.

This had forced residents of the area into their houses to avoid being victims, with  Emelogu Road leading to the Good Morning Market from the Ogbor Hill axis deserted.

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Contrary to the ugly development, the police last night said one of the robbers was later shot dead and the kidnapped victim released.

Meanwhile, the military and police have cordoned off many entry points into Aba and subjecting vehicles to thorough search.

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Does Aba Need External Shoe Making Company, or Enabled Environment?

Ikpeazu secured a $1.5billion business deal with a Chinese company
This question is what many have asked yesterday while reading the good news of Ikpeazu securing a business deal with Chinese company – which is the first of its kind in Abia State.

But lots of Abians, especially the shoe makers does not accept the adventure, many said governor Ikpeazu is clueless, while some praised him.

A visit to Shoe Plaza in Ariaria will prove that what Aba shoe makers need is an enabled environment and not an external shoe making company.

Aba shoe cobblers need an enable environment, foreign machines for finishing, steady power supply, adequate security, and provide a way through for exporting their products internationally.

It’s quite undeniable that ever since Ikpeazu’s administration emerged, Made-In-Aba products has been making waves – but mostly on media, because those producing made in Aba products are lacking so-much help from Abia State government.

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The current state of Aba in security and a dilapidated environment can stop foreign investors from coming in. Before going out to look for foreign Investors, first, fix the city and investor will flow in as Aba has been known as the land of opportunity.

Governor Okezie Victor Ikpeazu has done noble by securing a $1.5billion business deal with a Chinese company for the establishment of a shoe industry in Aba – but the question remains – does Aba need an external shoe making company, or enabled environment?

As the chief security officer of the state, fixing security issues supposed to be one of your top priorities.

As your men always said: Fix Aba – Abia State is fixed!

The ball is in your court.


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