Abia, Kano To Collaborate In SME Development

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has pledged his readiness to collaborate with Kano State on Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) development in the state. The Governor disclosed this at Government House Umuahia when he received in audience Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State who paid him a courtesy call. Ikpeazu said Abia would leverage cotton and the ternaries in Kano to improve the leather, shoes and bags industry in Abia,“For me, every part of Nigeria needs one another and this is the kind of synergy we need”.He said, adding that he had opened talks with the Bank of Industry to see how best to source the materials. The governor said he would explore ways of making bulk purchase of leather from Kano to drive the shoe factories in Aba, and disclosed that the commissioner for trade and investments would soon be visiting Kano with Aba leather manufacturers in that regard.Governor Ganduje in his speech said he was in the state for a royal honour to be conferred on him by the chairman, Southeast Traditional Rulers Council, Eze Eberechi Dick.He said the honour would further consolidate national integration that Nigerians yearn for, and called on Nigerians to understand their differences and accept one another as the only way to build a united Nigeria.. According to Ganduje, the title from Eze Dick was a way of consolidating the national integration the country is seeking for.The Kano chief executive said Nigerians by now ought to understand one another’s differences and take advantage of their diversity so that the country could become stronger.Also speaking at the visit, the former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria and Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, said he had longed for the visit for a while. He described Kano as a cosmopolitan society that prided itself in her ability to welcome and accommodate everyone, and emphasised on the need to accept one another’s differences, and thanked Abia government for her efforts at building a better state.Source: Business Day