Nigerians have been urged to patronize indigenous products, as a way of supporting the economic growth of the nation.
The Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu in an interview with newsmen at the Footwear Academy, Abayi Aba, said that except Nigerians endorse their own products and take pride in them, they would be merely supporting the economic growth of other nations.
The Governor who enrolled as a student of the Footwear Academy, noted that there is need for Nigerians to take the lead in consuming their products to enable others follow suit.
Ikpeazu said: “I am not being sentimental when i canvass patronage for made in Nigeria and Aba Products. I am only canvassing based on the fact that the best shoes are made here.
“If we don’t endorse our own products and take pride in wearing them, then we will just be supporting the economic growth of other nations without knowing”, Ikpeazu stated.
He added that our economy can’t really grow without leveraging the strength we have to provide ready markets or products.
“Who says we can’t compete with the Chinese and sell shoes to Walmart? It will happen very soon”, he added.
The Governor stated that in two years time, nobody would ignore the products coming from Aba, as made in Aba Products would be the only option.
Governor Ikpeazu, however, commended the intellectual dimension which the Footwear Academy is bringing into shoemaking business and assured that his administration would give impetus to the Academy for its growth.
Earlier, while receiving the governor, the founder of the Academy, Mr Bentley Chukwuemeka, assured the governor of their commitment to producing quality footwears, as well as producing well trained hands with a view to sustain the place of Aba as a destination of choice in shoe making business.