Cross River State Governor, Prof Ben Ayade, on Thursday, ordered all political appointees to start wearing clothes made by the Calabar Garment Factory.
The first batch of clothing from the factory has hit the market with the production of blazers, jeans trousers and shirts.
The governor, who spoke shortly after being presented with some samples of finished products from the factory, including uniforms of some paramilitary outfits, said he was determined to boost its patronage and make the factory economically viable.
Ayade said that as from June 2017, he would not be wearing clothes not made from the factory, adding that ‘the garment factory today is a reality and it’s now producing in commercial quantities for export too’.
He said, “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.”
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.”