The recent campaign on the promotion of made in Aba goods by both the Abia State government and some members of the National Assembly representing the state has taken a new dimension as a Californian based firm, Comfort Stevens LLC has entered to give a global boost and make the dream a reality.
Speaking during the grand launch of the company in Aba, the CEO AF Comfort Stevens LLC Dr John Nwankwo said the establishment of the firm in Aba is a dream come through for him and that the new move was to create value and economic empowerment through online media marketing e-commerce methodology.
According to him, “this is an online driven technology platform that connects, artisans, manufacturers, producers, entrepreneurs and exporters together to sell their goods and brains for profit. This is a global brand.
“Our record shows that, Aba produces about one million units pairs of shoes everyday. Now, buyers from other parts of Africa and the world, don’t need to be here in person to buy. They can order for made in Aba products in the comfort of their homes and business premises and it will be delivered to them.
“This platform is not open for people to sell whatever they want. We’ve made several announcement on several media and we sent out about eight thousand e-mails to vedors(those who have products to sell) be it food, electronics, agric produce, shoes, belts etc. Through the e-mails, when people respond, they’ll be told when to bring their products for inspection. We must make sure that whatever will be sold under this platform is verified and found to be of the best quality before such vendors will be permitted to sell on this platform.”
“The distinguishing factor between this move and other online shopping platforms is that we have product lines. We have our factory here in Aba and our branded accessories that are proudly made here in Aba with world class standards. Our technology is cloud based and cannot be interrupted. This platform will take our youths off the streets as we are collaborating with about five universities where we intend to draw one thousand, two hundred and sixty youths within the first six months that will be empowered to sell our products.
“We have secured about fourteen ninety capacity buses each, which will be fully branded to be used to convey these youths within the designated cities in Nigeria for direct sell to consumers all over our country. It will grow from there. I tell you, Nigeria is a virgin land for business. I don’t see why people should be unemployed here in Nigeria.