11 May 2016
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has declared that his state is almost ready for the launching of its textile factory and also the Calabar Monrail. The Governor said the state is only waiting for the presence of President Muhammadu Buhari and his wife, Aisha Buhari to commission the work.
Right after an inspection of ongoing work which is peaking presently at the garment factory, he disclosed that the president was pleased with the project and promised to come in soon for the commissioning with the first lady.
The factory is said to be the biggest in Africa and is expected to be fully automated. The factory which boast of an employment capacity of about 3,000 people with a larger fraction of them being women is sure to increase employment in the state; especially for women.
Governor Ayade revealed that the reason for the seemed favouring of gender was influenced by the fact that a number of their women, especially widows have been neglected for quite some time.
“They are people that have lost their loved ones, they have kids without income, and are the most vulnerable in the society today”.
In respect to President Buhari’s visit to the PDP controlled state to commission the projects, the Governor praised his character of identifying good things regardless of political party or ethnic background.
A firm operating in the capital, Lilleker (Nig) Ltd, which is in charge of the electrical installations of the garment factory through its Director, Mr. Thorpe Steward also confirmed that all was ready for the commissioning of the factory.