#MadeInAba: Why Ikpeazu is Aggressively Promoting Aba Products – Okiyi Kalu

By: John Okiyi Kalu

1. To spread prosperity in Abia State

Neither the Governor nor any of his close family members have shoe making factory, tailoring outfit or metal fabrication business. If you see any of the above belonging to the Governor or his close family members please feel free to confiscate it by any legal means possible.

2. To create jobs

Shoe planet started as one man business but today there are at least 9 persons working directly for him in the business of shoe making and shoe selling. More than 40 others are indirectly engaged by Shoe Planet.

If all the 250,000 MSMEs at Aba grow their businesses and employ 4 persons each then we will have 1m new non public sector jobs at Aba.

3. To improve security of lives and properties

An idle mind is the devil’s workshop. If our people are employed and actively working hard to produce 50,000 pairs of booth for the army, 100,000 uniforms for NYSC, 10,000 belts for the navy, 35,000 pairs of shoe for victims of Boko Haram, costumes for Calabar carnival, metal storage tanks for oil companies etc they won’t engage in kidnapping, armed robbery etc.

Our security expenses will also go down and the lives of our young people will be preserved.

4. To reward the hard work and creativity of our craftsmen

For years the work and sweat of our craftsmen were wrongly credited to “Gucci” Italy, Taiwan, China and even Senegalese manufacturers. The Governor wants our creative young people to be given due credit for their hard work.

Hence we now label our brands “Proudly Aba Made” or “Made In Aba”.

Our craftsmen can compete in innovativeness with anyone from anywhere in the world. Come and try, if you can.

5. To aid the industrialization of Abia State and deliver higher IGR for development of infrastructure, education and Agriculture.


To support our local craftsmen, manufacturers and traders, Governor Ikpeazu is devoting scarce resources to reconstructing key roads leading to the industrial clusters at Aba:

A. Faulks road leads to Ariaria International Market where shoes are made at Bakassi line. Six other proximal roads are being reconstructed by the Governor with four already delivered.

Feel free to check the quality of work Governor Ikpeazu is doing at Faulks (Ariaria) road.

B. Preliminary reconstruction Work has started along PH road which is the metal fabrication hub of Aba.

That key road stopped existing as a road many years ago but Governor Ikpeazu is taking over the reconstruction of the federal road as a major support to our craftsmen and traders.

C. Work is nearing completion along Aba-Owerri road which is a major entry point to Aba town where we have clusters of tailors and fashion designers. Similarly, many of the roads around the tailoring clusters have been fixed, including Mosque street, Kent street, Yorks, etc.

D. An interchange is being constructed at Osisioma roundabout to ease entry into Aba for those coming to do business at Aba.

E. Two new state roads are under construction, and already in use, as diversions away from the perennially bad federal government owned Ikot Ekpene road.

The objective is to make it easy for people coming from AKs, CRS, Equatorial Guinea and Cameron to access Aba markets.

Osusu, Omuma, Ngwa road should get set to be impacted by Ikpeazu caterpillars. Just dotting the “I”s and crossing the “T”s of the relevant contracts.

For the above reasons our people voted for Nwa Aba Okezie Ikpeazu. We knew he understands Aba better than his opponents and will do the needful for our people.

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu is doing exactly what we hired him for and our people are happy in Aba and Abia State with confidence that things will continue to get better and better for us.


John Okiyi Kalu is Abia State Commissioner for Information