Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, the Abia state governor, has reportedly secured a $1.5B project for the establishment of a shoe industry in Aba, Abia state.
According to Leadership, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu sealed the deal with Huajian shoe industry in Dongguan, Guangzhou, China during his official visit to China for the 1st Nigeria-China Governors Investment Forum.
Enyinnaya Appolos, the chief press secretary to the governor claimed that Ikpeazu secured the agreement after a meeting with group chairman of the Huajian Group, Mr. Zhang Huarong.
According to him, Abia-Huajian shoe industrial city, will have the capacity to produce 5,000 shoes per day and employ about 10,000 people directly and indirectly.
He added that: “Abia state government will provide the land and other investment incentives for the project while the Huajian Group will fund the entire project.”
VON however learnt that Mr. Zhang Huarong the group chairman of Huajian Group disclosed that the Abia state governor was the 1st Nigerian leader to visit him.
He was said to have disclosed that the Huajian Group was already employing 6,000 staff and is currently developing a 250 Acre Industrial City in Ethiopia and expressed his eagerness to come to Nigeria.
VON also learnt that the group also employs close to 20,000 staff in China while making 10,000 shoes per day in their factory in Dongguan valued at $2B.