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Monday, 18 February 2013

Nigeria’s Delta State Government partners with UNIDO to open leather production Centre

ABUJA, 18 February 2013 – Nigeria’s Delta State Government and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will build a leather production and training Centre in Asaba, the capital of Delta State.

Under an agreement signed today in Abuja, the new facility will be built on 2.6 hectares of land and some USD 820,000 has been allocated. The Centre will help create jobs for over 2,000 youths in the State.

UNIDO officials will render technical and management service at the facility, and the State Government will provide security and other support for people working at the facility.

Speaking at the signing ceremony in Abuja, the Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, said the Centre would help address the unemployment challenge in the State. “We are committed to this project. We are ready to use our oil wealth to train our people and move the economy away from oil,” he said. “Job creation is a critical challenge globally and our strategy is to get the youths employed by creating industries, small and big, that will in turn create jobs.”

Patrick Kormawa, the UNIDO Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, added that “once completed, the Centre will substantially improve the leather and leather products business in the State.”

He praised the Delta State for taking the right step towards poverty alleviation. “To reduce poverty, you must over people an opportunity to empower themselves. There is a huge potential in Nigeria’s leather industry, and UNIDO is ready to partner with foreign designers to ensure the trainees are exposed to the best technique in the world and produce shoes and leather works that will compete with products from any part of the globe,” said Kormawa.

For more information, please contact:

UNIDO Regional Office, Nigeria
Tel: +2349 4616301
Fax: +2349 4618543
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