Abia State government and South Korea Republic are setting out to go into a partnership in agriculture and small, medium scale industries. Governor Okezie Ikpeazu made the plan known on Friday, April 15, after talks with the South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Noh Kyu Duk, at the Government House in Umuahia, the capital of Abia State.
According to him, the focus is to enhance trade and commerce especially in Aba which had about 15 markets. The Governor added that there were at least 40,000 shoemakers and garment manufacturers in Aba and stressed the need to automate the manufacturing process to make consistent quality within a short period.
The governor also expressed optimism that the plan would enhance a free trade zone, as efforts were being made to fix Ariaria International Market – which was the third largest market in West Africa – and make it an all season market. He also solicited for equipment and expertise from South Korea.
Mr Noh Kyu responded by saying his mission was to enhance bilateral relations between Nigeria and South Korea, stressing that South Korea had a lot to offer in agriculture, leather and textile industries among other areas.
Adding that Abia State was important because of the huge trade and economic activities that take place in the state, he invited a delegation from the state led by Governor Ikpeazu to visit South Korea to see areas of interest especially the rural agriculture settlement.
Meanwhile, gunmen suspected to be armed robbers on Wednesday night ambushed the convoy of governor Okezie along Aba-Owerri Road in Aba area of the state. The incident was said to have happened at about 8pm near Immaculate Junction, along the ever busy Aba-Owerri Road, while the governor was returning to Umuahia,
Though no life was lost, sources said that the security details attached to the governor fired sporadic shots, which scared the robbers away.