BEVERLY HILLS, May 19, (THEWILL) – Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state has ordered all political appointees to start putting on clothes made by the Calabar Garment Factory, adding that he would not be wearing clothes not made from the factory from next month.
He stated this on Thursday shortly after being presented with some samples of finished products from the factory, including uniforms of some paramilitary outfits. The first batch of clothing from the factory ranging from blazers, jeans trousers and shirts is already in the market.
Expressing his determination to make the factory economically viable and boost its patronage, the Governor stated that “the garment factory today is a reality and it’s now producing in commercial quantities for export too”.
He continued, “Starting from today, all executive members, all appointees must be in clothes made from the Calabar Garment Factory and this is official. By the close of next month, anything I put on my body will be made from the Cross River Garment Factory. That is my sincere commitment to the state and the 3,000 young people working in the factory.
“Cross River is a leading state when it comes to lifestyle. So, definitely we are going to be leading in terms of fashion. We are expanding into uniform production for schoolchildren 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.”