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Nigerian Army orders locally-made footwear

Nigerian soldiers are to wear boots made in their home country.

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In support of the Nigerian government's policy of buying 'Made In Nigeria', the Army has ordered 50,000 pairs of boots to be produced in the town of Aba. Until now, most of the footwear worn by Nigerian soldiers has been imported.

According to state governor Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, plans are in place to introduce this scheme to other arms of the military and the police force, as well as to governmental paramilitary agencies and the National Youth Service Corps.

Reported as showing a commitment to boosting the production capacity of artisan workers, the state government has acquired land in a suburb of Aba, on which it has approved the construction of a leather industry village for shoe, bag and belt manufacture.

Governor Ikpeazu expressed optimism that development of the village could expand the state's shoe and leather industries, while creating jobs and enhancing the region’s internally-generated revenue.

Publishing Data

This article was originally published on page 2 of the December 2016 issue of SATRA Bulletin.

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