Saturday, 18 March 2017

Breaking Barriers to Scaling up by SMEs in Imo State


Once again, I bring you good news from the Imo State Directorate for Employment and Job Center, Owerri.

Like I once informed all of us, the Principal Officer to the Governor on Employment and Job Center, Remy Chukwunyere brings us “One Week, One Project” as against the popular book, “One Week, One Trouble” that we read those days.

leather products made in Imo State

Remy Chukwunyere, Principal Officer to the Governor on Employment and Job Creation inspecting some of the shoes made by the group

This week, the duo of DFID MADE Team Leader, Tunde Oderinde and our own Remy Chukwunyere restored hope to Imo sons whose business is leather works, especially in the foot wear sector when they paid them a working visit.

Receiving the team in their office, the Chairman of the Imo State Footwear, Leather and Allied Products Union, Elder Innocent said the visit is a prayer answered by God. 

According to him, they agreed to open up shop in Imo State when the Government of Imo State led by His Excellency, Owelle Rochas OKorocha established the Naze Industrial Clusters and beckoned on them to return to their home state and operate.

Introducing the purpose of the visit, Remy Chukwunyere, the CEO of Imo Job Center said they came to extend the goodwill his agency is receiving from the UK Government through the DFID Markets Development Program in the Niger Delta to the leather cluster in Imo State. According to him, the mandate of his office is to design and implement programs that will lead to the creation of jobs for Imo people and said the footwear sector has huge potentials in doing that for Imo people.

In his address, Mr. Tunde Oderinde, the Team Leader of DFID MADE said that his organization serves as a catalyst to the growth of various industrial sectors in the region and said they came to interact with the Imo State Leather clusters in order to see how they can be supported in making things work. 

Tunde Oderinde, Team Leader of DFID MADE speaking at the meeting with the members of the Imo Footwear, Leather and Allied Products Union
According to him, DFID MADE is already supporting other leather clusters in Aba, Asaba and Onitsha and considered it wise to also work in Imo State. He further advised that they should be prepared to receive support from them as well as work with a private sector investor that will introduce new technologies in the business and create markets for them.

The joy of the members of the group knew no bounds as this is an opportunity they have long waited for… 

To God Be all the Glory! 

Principal Officer, Imo State Directorate for Employment and Job Center


Disclaimer: Comment expressed do not reflect the opinion of Isaac Yoma