A SPEECH PRESENTED BY HIS EXCELLENCY, CHIEF T. A. ORJI (OCHENDO), EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR ABIA STATE, ON THE OCCASION OF THE 1ST MADE-IN-ABIA PRODUCT EXHIBITION, HOLDING AT THE IBEKU HIGH SCHOOL, UMUAHIA, ON THE 19TH DAY OF FEBRUARY, 2013
DISTINGUISHED LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!
I am very proud to be here today, to attend this opening ceremony of the 1St Made-in- Abia Product Exhibition, holding on this ground. I am proud, not just for the uniqueness which this great event bears as a bold attempt to promote our own goods made by Abia people, within Abia environment.
I am also proud for the reason that this unique initiative is coming from Her Excellency’s Office, my dear wife, who made all the necessary connections to bring together committed and interested people from the organized Private and Public sector, under a Public-Private Initiative (PPP), so that all of us will begin to holistically address the issue of the accelerated economic development of Abia State; which I am also proud ties into our Government’s legacy projects.
I therefore strongly commend this initiative from Her Excellency’s Office in its entirety. I also thank all those from the public and the private sectors of our society, who share this dream, and have come together to begin the process of taking Abia-made products to the next level and with renewed confidence.
I also find this exhibition very unique in another special way. It is a celebration of the famed ingenuity of our people, especially our local entrepreneurs, whose ‘can-do’ spirit and legendary quality goods were once celebrated and sold all over the world under false labels, even though they were indeed ABA-Made Goods.
Aba-made-products, are Abia-made products, and these are still sold through-out the countries of West Africa and the world under false labels. It is time for Abians to reclaim the pride of their franchise. It is my belief that today’s exhibition and the many goods showcased here, will provide an ample and timely opportunity for Abians to become proud again to market their products as Abia-made products and flaunt their ingenuity.
Through this medium, Abians will not only reclaim our rightful place as pioneers of the Nigerian and African economic revolutions, but will once more lay the solid foundation for the new and young industries that will spring up and grow in our Urban and Rural areas from accelerated demand and supply of Abia-made goods.
As part of our legacy projects, our Government has been building new markets and renovating or relocating old ones for better positioning and for aesthetic values. These new markets are meant to offer veritable grounds for continuous exhibition and massive exchange of goods and services that promote Abia-made-products, which fame will certainly soar after this exhibition, and new wealth created in our State.
I therefore take this opportunity to encourage all Abians to begin to employ their energies, their ingenuity and business-acumen for productive competition through creativity and not through dishonest or criminal activities. That way, we can all help in building a prosperous Abia of our dream.
I assure Abians, and especially our commercially-minded citizens that there is enough room for everyone to work hard in all sectors and with honesty, create the values that will make Abia products desirable and Abia State great.
Our Government will continue to ensure the maintenance of peace and security which we have now established in the State, so that the enabling environment for business, equitable politics and the good life which our people crave for and enjoy, will be firmly established in Abia State.
I thank everyone that has attended this event, and urge you to take home the core lessons of this 1st Abia-made Product Exhibition. It is a lesson in courage and resilience of one woman, and of several people that share the same dream, to promote the identity and good quality of a proud people and a proud State. It is a lesson in the belief that working together, ordinary people, the public and the private sector, can make Abia work again!
Thank you and God bless you.