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UNDP Backs Aba Shoemaking And Leather Industry

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The UNDP has stepped in to bolster Abia State’s efforts in fostering economic growth by bringing technological innovation to the shoe-manufacturing hub of Aba.

The overarching goal is to facilitate the exportation of finished goods, thereby amplifying the global recognition of Aba-made products and positioning them as vital contributors to foreign exchange reserves.

Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), made this revelation while in conversation with Priscilla Otti, the wife of Abia State Governor Alex Otti, and her entourage, at the 68th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, convened in New York, USA.

The Eastern Updates gathered that Eziakonwa-Onochie, who also doubles as the UNDP assistant administrator and director, Regional Bureau for Africa, expressed the willingness of the UNDP to give further support to achieve the empowerment initiatives of the Government of Abia State.

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She expressed joy and excitement over the developmental giant strides being made by Otti in such a short time in office, geared towards the development of the State, noting that she received laudable reports from the UNDP meeting held last year in Rwanda, about Otti, a meeting which the Governor attended.

Otti extended her appreciation to the UN Assistant Secretary-General for her encouraging remarks regarding the Abia State administration, emphasizing her commitment to initiatives fostering the state’s advancement. She reassured that her husband’s comprehensive plans and projects for the state will be fully realized, consistent with his governance vision and campaign commitments.

The Abia First Lady was joined at the meeting by two pivotal members of her entourage: Ifeoma Thomas, who serves as the Governor’s Special Assistant on Vulnerable Groups and Poverty Alleviation, and Chinwe Onyeukwu, the Special Assistant on Women Affairs.

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