The Technical Partner of the Aba Automated Shoe Factory, Mr Osaro Ekonweren,has commended the Aba Automated Shoe Factory, stating that it is currently having the most updated shoe producing machines in the country.
Ekonweren who disclosed this in Umuahia recently shortly after the inauguration of the Board of the Company by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu,
expressed their amazement at what they saw on ground.
“Our group has been into shoe production in Nigeria for over a decade now and I must confess that the machines we saw there when we went on inspection cannot be found anywhere in the country. We use machines in our own company but we have is nowhere near what is at the Aba Shoe Factory”, he added.
He said that presently, the factory had installed capacity for the production of 5000 pairs of shoes every day, which translates to about 2 million pairs of shoes annually, with facilities for expansion and assured to expand the capacity within the next one year.
Ekonweren commended the foresight of Governor Ikpeazu and expressed confidence that the factory would change the face of shoe production in Nigeria.
He said that his organization was selected as Technical Partners for the factory based on a proven and verifiable track record of quality automated shoe production spanning over 10 years, adding that they made shoes for companies like PEP of South Africa and several others, assuring that the products from the Aba factory would be well received by the markets across West Africa and beyond with clear opportunities for value addition and job creation.
According to him, the factory would start test runs in the next two weeks while production would commence the second week of September including the leather works like bags, belts, wallets, etc. in December this year.
Also speaking, the Executive Director, Operations of the Factory, Chinenye Nwaogu said that with the new management structure in place, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu had sent a clear message that the factory wiould be run solely on a basis of professionalism inspired by commercial expediency.
Nwaogu pointed out that the 30 shoe makers who were sent to China by the Governor for training on the use of machines in shoe production would form the initial technical staff of the factory while there would be huge emphasis on training for more operators.
It would be recalled that the the Governor while inaugurating the Board of the Factory gave them a clear mandate to raise the bar and cement the place of Abia State as the powerhouse of leather works in Nigeria and West Africa. The Board has Mr. Mark Atasie, a Management Consultant as Chairman.