- Made-in-Nigeria products are fast gaining grounds across the country
- Aba is leading the way with the Enyimba Automated Shoe Factory meeting the needs of the local market
- The NRC has acquired 3,000 pairs of solid work boots from the factory and promised to acquire more
The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has acquired 3,000 pairs of solid work boots from the newly built Enyimba Automated Shoe Factory in Aba, Abia state.
The move followed the directive of the federal government for agencies and departments of government to patronise made-in-Nigeria products under executive order 5.
An aide to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, Sam Hart, shared the news on social media on Tuesday, February 9.
“The Enyimba Automated Shoe Factory, Aba has made her first delivery for the year 2021 after it successfully produced and delivered 3,000 pairs of solid work boots to the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC).
“Receiving the boots from ENASCO Executive Director Marketing, Adaku Oseiza, Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation, Mr. Fidet Okhiria expressed excitement and satisfaction at the impressive and unique nature of the boots, exclaiming: "This is from Aba?"
“The MD applauded Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for his efforts in promoting #MadeInAba, nay, #MadeInNigeria products and assured of continuous patronage.”
Legit.ng gathered that the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Armed Forces also got boots from the factory in 2020.
Similarly, the Independent National Electoral Commission now produce their ballot boxes in Aba.
Some Nigerians have been commenting on the news via social media.
Musa Ahmed wrote on Twitter:
“This was made possible by executive order 5 which mandates all government entities to give preference to Nigerian companies. The order also prohibits the ministry of interior from giving visas to foreign workers whose skills are readily available in Nigeria.”
Edwin Okadigbo Emeka wrote:
“Kudos to the makers. Nigerian's appreciate your own, buy made in Nigeria products, charity begins at home.”
Valentine Osy Ibe wrote:
“Nice one! we should explore the international market too. Aba shoes are by far better than what China is selling to the world.”
Meanwhile, the federal government has announced that the Nigeria Youth Investment Fund (NYIF), being implemented by the ministry of sports and youth development has successfully completed its pilot disbursement of loans totalling N165,700,000 to 239 beneficiaries.
This was revealed in a tweet by the presidency seen by Legit.ng on Wednesday, February 3.
The government also revealed that it has processed over three million applications so far received from youths interested in the initiative.