Governor Ben Ayade Opens Calabar Garment Factory


Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade has opened the Calabar Garment Factory located in the state capital, Calabar.

The governor on Thursday approved the employment of 300 applicants as workers in the newly built Calabar Garment Factory.

Governor Ayade announced the automatic employment of the applicants on Thursday after a successful screening of applicants from the southern senatorial district of the state.

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The Governor in a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday, said the gesture was not only in fulfillment of his dream to create jobs for citizens of the state but to inspire young men who were not privileged.


Ayade also promised the newly employed workers good salaries and welfare package.

He used the opportunity to reemphasize the commitment of his administration to the welfare of the poor in the state.

Calabar Garment Factory Can Create 3000 Jobs – Ayade

According to him:

“When we set up this factory, the intention was not just to create jobs.

“But to guarantee that young men and women who have been challenged by circumstances of their births have the opportunity to better their lots.

“I’m so excited at what I am seeing here today. The number of people and their energy.

“It is an indication that our factory has taken off. Remember, the factory has the capacity to create 3,000 jobs.

“Truly, if you call yourself a leader, your focus should be on the vulnerable and the weakest that we are engaging today.

“We will guarantee you good salaries, food and proper transportation.”

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The governor urged the new employees, whom he branded ‘great fashion engineers’, to leverage on the opportunity to express their innate potentials and be the pride of the state.


Ayade stated that he wants the new recruits to show to the world that Cross River has skills.

He explained his reason for calling them fashion engineers, saying it is because they are going to provide skills that have not been seen before.

This is the first in a series of other laudable projects to be commissioned by the Ayade-led administration.

The state government recently anounced its plan to legalize and license street trading (hawking).