The first roll out from the Calabar Garment Factory has hit the market with the production of clothing such as blazers, jeans trousers and shirts.
Briefing newsmen shortly after being presented with some samples of finished products from the factory alongside uniforms of some paramilitary outfits, Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, said he was determined to boost its patronage and make the factory economically viable.
Ayade disclosed that starting from June 2017, he will not be wearing clothes not made from the factory, explaining that, “the garment factory today is a reality and it’s now producing in commercial quantities for export too.”
According to the governor, “Henceforth, starting from today, all executive members, all appointees must be in clothes made from Calabar Garment Factory and this is official.”
Continuing, he maintained that “by the close of next month, anything I put on my body will be made from Cross River Garment Factory. That is my sincere commitment to the state and for the 3,000 young people working in the factory.”
According to the governor, “Cross River is a leading state when it comes to lifestyle. So, definitely we are going to be leading in terms of fashion.”
Offering further insights, Ayade hinted that “We are expanding into uniform production for school children and as you are well aware, we have had people from neighbouring states asking us to produce uniforms for them in hundreds of thousands. We are focused on getting the very best in Cross River garment Factory and of course, the school uniform.
“In no distant time, Cross River Garment Factory will be the main fashion industry and company to beat. And if you are not dressed by Cross River Garment factory, you’re not dressed at all.”
On the power source for the factory, the governor said: “As you can see, the garment factory is extremely busy and we are working on providing renewable energy to support the factory to run at low costs.
“I’m sincerely proud of what we have done and of course, and in the second phase when we are go back to the cotton farm project, we will definitely be producing with fabrics made from Cross River farm.”
He also added: “For the cotton farm, we are partnering with Arewa Cotton. So, the farm is in full gear and by next week, we are going on a tour of the cotton farm in Northern part of the state.”