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The outgoing governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has appealed to the incoming President of Nigeria to run an all-inclusive government that would give the citizens the equal right to contribute their quota towards the development of the country, irrespective of their tribe, religion, and status in the society.
Ikpeazu said that running an all-inclusive government would open a new vista to identify and address some of the challenges confronting the nation including insecurity, economy, and infrastructure among others.
He said he is proud of his administration, especially the efforts in the areas of capacity building, training of artisans, and promotion of made-in-Aba shoes and garments that are yielding positive results.
Ikpeazu expressed joy, stressing that Aba garment and shoemakers can now match shoulder to shoulder with the best designers in the world, as their products are now in high demand.
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Ikpeazu revealed that his administration established the Abia SME Bank to provide funding for petty traders, and SMEs, render business advisory services on basic bookkeeping, and how to obtain loans from the Bank of Industry and other funding agencies.
He said that his administration equally collaborated with the rural agency for electrification which is a federal government initiative to ensure a steady power supply across Aba especially the Ariaria International Market and Umuehilegbu Industrial cluster in order to enhance productivity.