Upon assumption of office as Governor of Abia State in 2015, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu took up the challenge of projecting the ingenuity of the Aba shoe and garment producers by launching a massive Made in Aba Campaign.
The Governor personally led the campaign by wearing only articles of clothing produced in Aba from inception of his administration till date.
In the course of promoting the campaign, it was observed that Aba Producers could not expeditiously handle large shoe supply orders due to the absence of automation in the shoe production process. All processes were manually-driven which leads to delays and inconsistent batch production.
The Governor took it upon himself to solve this problem by setting about ensuring that large-scale shoe production equipments are installed in Aba.
The first step in the process of automating shoe production in Aba was capacity building which saw Ikpeazu sponsor 30 Aba Shoemakers to China to be embedded in a shoe factory for one month and learn machine-based production.
After the return of the China trainees, the Governor placed an order for the full range of shoe production machines that the Aba Shoemakers used in China.
ORIENTAL TIMES understands that the machines have since arrived Aba.
Contemporaneous with the placement of the order for the automated shoemaking machines, Ikpeazu also directed the building of a special purpose shoe factory where the machines will be installed.
The factory, ORIENTAL TIMES learnt, is also ready.
The Engineers from the company in China that supplied the machines have arrived Aba.
ORIENTAL TIMES gathered that today, Tuesday, November 26, 2019, Ikpeazu handed the machines over to them to commence the installation.
As of the time of filing this report, the 30 Shoemakers the Governor sent to China to learn the use of the machines were also on ground to work with the Engineers from China as they are expected to form the nucleus of the workforce of the shoe factory upon commencement of production.
ORIENTAL TIMES learnt that the installation process will take one month and the Chinese Engineers will be in Aba until installation is complete and production has begun in earnest.
The Engineers will also ensure that the Aba Shoemakers fully understand the process before they return to China.
The dream of an automated shoe factory in Aba has come to fruition. Aba is now well placed to handle any quantity of orders for shoe production and they will deliver expeditiously and according to specification.
Police Arrest 21-Year-Old Man For Allegedly Sodomizing Underaged Boys In Anambra
A 21-year-old man has been arrested by the police in Anambra state for allegedly sodomizing underage boys in the state.
Police arrest 21-year-old man for allegedly sodomizing underaged boys in Anambra lailasnews
The suspect identified as Obimeze Maduabuchi Augustine, of Ofianta village, Nsugbe, in Anambra East Local Government Area of the state, was arrested for allegedly having carnal knowledge with two boys, aged five and seven respectively, on different occasions.
This was made known in a statement from the spokesperson of the state police command, SP Haruna Mohammed.
The spokesperson said Obimese was arrested by the police detectives attached to B’ Division, Awka, following a tip-off. According to a statement, the suspect voluntarily confessed to committing the crime and blamed his acts on peer group influences.
“The scene of the crime was visited by the police detectives and the two victims, all boys, were taken to the hospital for medical examination.” Haruna said
Haruna said the state commissioner of police, CP John B. Abang, has ordered the transfer of the case to the state criminal investigation department (CID) for discreet investigations after which the suspect would be charged to court.
Police Rescue Baby Girl Dumped In The Bush In Anambra
Men of the Anambra state police command have rescued a baby girl that was abandoned in a bush in Idemili South Local Government Area of the state.
The spokesperson of the state police command, Haruna Mohammed, who confirmed this to newsmen, said the police division in the locality received a report from members of the vigilante that a baby looking very sickly but still alive was found in the bush. The detectives immediately visited the scene and rescued the baby.
“Commander, Nnokwa Vigilante group in Umueshi Village, Nnokwa, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State reported at Nnobi Police Station that a baby girl was abandoned by an unknown person inside Nnokwa bush.
Following the report, police operatives visited the scene, rescued the baby alive but very sickly and rushed her to Chukwu Nonso Hospital for medical attention.
The baby is gradually responding to treatment and will be handed over to Social Welfare for proper care while effort is ongoing to trace the parents in order to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident
Anyone with useful information about the child should report at Nnobi Divisional Police Station or contact PPRO Anambra State Police Command on GSM no 08060970639.” the statement read
Woman Pretending To Be Blind Is Exposed And Apprehended In Ebonyi
A woman pretending to be blind for financial gains was apprehended in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
The woman was reportedly arrested by SA to Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State on Mineral Resources & Environmental Management.
The woman, who is from Imo State, stands by the Union Bank Junction in Abakaliki to beg for alms.
She allegedly applies Rob ointment to her eyes and this makes her tear up, she then keeps the eye shut while one of her children leads her by the hand. When the effect of the balm wears off, she allegedly reapplies it.
When the woman was caught, her eyes were forced open and nothing appeared to be wrong with them.
The Governor’s Aide, according to reports, took the woman to the old government house after uncovering her deceit.
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