- An ultra-modern toothpick factory has been commissioned in Cross River state by Governor Ben Ayade of the state
- The ultra-modern toothpick factory is said to be capable of producing 31 million toothpicks in a day
- Indigenes of the state have been urged by the governor to go into massive commercial cultivation of bamboo, which is the raw material for toothpicks
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state has commissioned an ultra-modern toothpick factory capable of producing 31 million toothpicks in a day at Ekori, Yarkurr local government area of the state.
According to the governor, only Cross River has such a factory as a state-owned project, which is 100% managed by indigenes, creating jobs for the people, Nigerian Tribune reports.
Legit.ng notes that Ayade said: “The Ministry of Agriculture in 2016 decried an average of 18 million dollars spent annually importing toothpicks into Nigeria, hence the federal government put toothpicks importation under the dollar access prohibition list, which means it cannot give you dollars if you intend to import toothpick, so we decided to take advantage of the policy to set up this factory.”
The governor urged indigenes of Cross River to go into massive commercial cultivation of bamboo, which is the raw material for toothpicks.
He said: “Cultivate enough bamboo trees; we can produce 31 million toothpicks in a day which is lots of business and money with massive turnover.”
The general manager of the company, Dr Ignatius Atsu, earlier said: “The factory, one of the many factories conceived by the Ayade administration produces the finest, strongest, organic and beautiful toothpicks which have brought significant economic value, creating wealth and introducing socioeconomic development in the area.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River on Wednesday, February 6, presented the 2019 budget estimate of N1.043 trillion, tagged budget of Qabalistic Densification’, to the Cross River House of Assembly for consideration and passage.
Ayade who presented the budget in Calabar, said it was meant to drive the industrialisation agenda of his administration.
According to him, the budget was designed to drive the realisation of at least one industrial project in each local government area of the state with a view to creating wealth and move the people away from poverty.
He said: “The 2019 budget of N1.043 trillion is meant to shift Cross River from third world to first world. The budget will deal with the issue of active industrialisation in each local government area of the state.
"It is a budget of deep vision meant to deliver a prosperity agenda under the catalysis of minimal money and intellect.
"The 2019 budget will witness the actualisation of products from the industries established with the 2018 budget."
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