Delta State governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan has disclosed that many foreign investors had indicated interest in the multi billion naira entrepreneur skill acquisition and manufacturing factory project at Issele-Uku, Aniocha North Local Government Area.
Speaking yesterday when he led members of the State Executive Council on an inspection visit to the project site, Governor Uduaghan said that international and local investors had shown interest in partnering with the centre in leather works, palm wine brewing, garri processing and akwu-ocha production.
“You have seen a lot of machines that will be used in the production of leather works and akwu-ocha, these will be used for both training and production of leather works, our products will be used both locally and internationally as a lot of local and foreign investors have indicated interest in the products from this factory/centre,” the governor stated, adding that “Clark of England, Giorgio Armani, FIIRO, M.I.T, Massachusetts, Cambridge University are some of those who want to use our products and partner with us.”
Uduaghan explained that the centre was one of the gains of the state Delta Beyond Oil initiative and would enable some of the beneficiaries of the state micro credit scheme to become small and medium entrepreneurs.
The governor particularly endorsed the production of agro produce like garri as part of the factory, as it would solve some of the challenges faced by farmers in the state, adding that “the centre will breach the gap between the farmer and the end users as it will take care of the excess supply, encourage price stability and more production to take care of the factory export needs.”
Governor Uduaghan commended the community and the youths for their peaceful disposition to the project, admonishing other youths in the state to emulate them.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Poverty Alleviation, Dr Anthonia Ashiedu who took Dr. Uduaghan and his team round the factory complex, explained that apart from UNIDO, FIIRO and some other agencies were partnering with the factory in the production of palm wine, garri, akwu-ocha and leather products.
She said that the factory was designed to be self-supporting with a lot of auxiliary services like garri packaging and exportation, palm wine processing and packaging, and leather works.

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