The Governor was speaking when he received a delegation from a local company engaged in the production of electrical cables, CUTIX Plc who visited him at Government Lodge, Aba.
Ikpeazu said if Nigerians patronize locally made products, the local manufacturers would not meet the demands of the citizens not to talk of exporting them, and stressed the need for Nigerian manufacturers to begin to blow their own trumpets and challenge themselves by constantly improving on their products.
The Abia Chief Executive used the opportunity to inform his guests that the Enyimba Economic City when fully realized would be the only Free Trade Zone in Nigeria with uninterrupted power supply.
He added that the zone would provide a manufacturing platform for people of the South East zone. He told the delegation to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the Enyimba Economic City.
Governor Ikpeazu commended the entrepreneur for his contributions to the locally made products and congratulated him for blazing the trail in electricity cables.
He assured them that his administration will partner with the company by patronizing them and giving them the opportunity to handle the electrical works in some ongoing projects.
The number one citizen of the state made it clear that amongst the present crop of Nigerian Governors, he remains the champion of Locally Produced Goods and assured that he will continue to canvass the use of locally produced goods.
Speaking earlier, leader of the delegation and a Director of CUTIX PLC , Sir Mathias Omego said the team was at Government Lodge to seek partnership with Abia State government in the areas of street lightning and other electrical projects.
He said they are willing to partner the State assuring that their products are known for their high quality and remains the best in the country.
The company production facility is in Nnewi, Anambra State.
In the meantime, Governor Okezie Ikpeau has expressed joy that the renewal of infrastructure embarked upon by his administration and the subsequent measures taken to ensure adequate security in the state are yielding positive results through the influx of investors to the state.
The Governor who stated this while commissioning the E- Clinic and Diagnostic Service Aba, said that Abia was adjudged as the Number 3 State in the area of Foreign Direct Investments in the Country following its contributions to the nation’s economy and extolled the courage and foresight of the investor – Mrs Maureen Mgbudem for choosing to invest in the health needs of Aba where she was born and nurtured, and assured of the support of his administration towards the growth of the clinic.
Ikpeazu, who explained that the strategic roads of Osusu and Eziukwu have been reconstructed with Rigid Pavement and will be linked to the Eziukwu market and up to No. 1 Port Harcourt road as well as Ngwa road, thereby providing access for people to the E-Clinic from different parts of Aba, and further promised that his administration will not relent in providing more social amenities to the people.
He appealed to the management of the new health service to be considerate in their billings and made a donation to help take care of people who cannot pay their medical bills and advised Abians to always go for routine medical check-ups to avert the negative results of accumulated health challenges.
Patronize locally produced goods to boost our economy – Gov. Ikpeazu tells Nigerians