The Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, has said the Calabar Garment Factory is now producing in commercial quantity including for export.
He said that the state government was determined to boost its patronage and make the factory economically viable.
The governor, who spoke in Calabar after the first rollout of the first set of clothes from the garment factory such as blazers, jeans trousers and shirts, added that starting from June 2017, he would not be wearing clothes not made from the firm.
“The garment factory today is a reality and it’s now producing in commercial quantity for export too.”
He also said, “Henceforth, starting from today, all executive members, all appointees must be in clothes made from Calabar Garment Factory and this is official.”
Ayade said the factory was already expanding into uniform production for schoolchildren, adding, “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.”