The collaboration between Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS), Erojim Limited, and Aba Shoes, Garments and Leather Factories will kick-off production by the end of April (Second Quarter of 2023).
This was disclosed by the representative of Erojim Investments Limited, Mr. Emeka Chuta at the official signing of Off-takers Agreement between NCS/Erojim and Abia State Leather/Allied Cooperative Society Union in Aba.
It would be recalled that in May 2020, the Direcror- General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) presented a certificate to the former CG, Correctional Services, Alh. Jafaru Ahmed for the production of Shoes, Garments and Leather Factories both in Aba, Abia State and Jangoza, Kano State under a proposed PPP arrangement between NCS and Erojim investment limited.
During the ceremony, Mr. Chuta thanked the President, General Mohammadu Buhari, GCFR, the former CG, Correctional Services, Alh. Jafaru Ahmed for his patriotism and doggedness, the Hon Minister for Interior Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola and the current CG Correctional Services Naliru Nababa for the enormous roles they played in ensuring the Shoes, Garments and Leather Industry dream in Nigeria materializes.
Chuta disclosed that these factories will save the Federal Government million of dollars in foreign exchange, hitherto used to import shoes and it’s leather components as well as create direct and indirect jobs.
On his part, the Chairman, of Abia State Leather/Allied Co-operative Society Union, Mr. Promise Ekpo thanked the FG for this well thought out scheme and for bringing the Project to Aba, in Abia State. He stated that the government is using this initiative to show the role Aba Shoe Manufacturers play in the Social- economic development of Nigeria and pledged his cooperative society’s support in terms of full patronage of the company’s products.
“The Abia State Leather/Allied Co-operative Society Union, a known Allied Cooperative Association that deals in allied products has signed an agreement with the NCS/Erojim Shoe, Garment and Leather Factory LIMITED, drivers of the public private partnership arrangement for shoe and garment factories at Aba, Abia State and Leather factory at Janguza, Kano State between the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Nigerian Correctional Service and Messrs Erojim Investments Limited to off-take its finished products beginning from Q2 of 2023,” he stated.
A Nigerian Company, Erojim Investments Ltd, also had the approval of the Buhari administration to locally manufacture all military and paramilitary garments and footwear needs of the country.
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