18 Cross Riverians for technical training in China- Ayade

From Govt. House, Calabar

Cross River State governor, Senator Ben Ayade has concluded plans to send 18 Cross Riverians for technical training in China.

The governor disclosed this in Calabar at the presentation  of the certificate of occupancy to Skyrun International of China, manufacturers of home appliances. 

Ayade described the company as a global firm with indelible foot prints across Africa.

His words:  "I am  happy that we are partnering Skyrun to breathe life into the park hoping that all the amalgam of projects they have proposed in the state will manifest in no distant time going by the terms of the agreement."

 While thanking the electronic giant for their Interest in developing the state,  Ayade said: "This is a typical example of good corporate social responsibility attitude and I want to appreciate Skyrun International for their interest and confident in our administration by taking such unprecedented investment step to investing here."

Governor Ayade also announced that  "Beyond the presentation of C of O that will give them a free hand to invest massively in our industrial park, there is also a technical agreement for them to train our teeming youth and better equip them with the requisite skills in China to enable us realise our signature projects as well as other industrial constructions across the state."

On his quest to industrialise the state,  Ayade stated that  "there is no way tourism can stand alone and thrive,  we must create opportunities for young men to have blue collar jobs which is where the main job is now because the white collar job is fast becoming old fashioned."

Ayade who noted that Skyrun will no doubt bring life to the industrial park which his major quest to industrialise Cross River, the governor added: "I must commend the focal point,  Chief  Matthew Uwaekwe for the good works he has been doing for us since the arrival of this company some years ago to Calabar."

Responding on behalf of the Chinese firm,  the National Coordinator, Nigeria-China Business Council,  and focal point for Skyrun International,  Chief Matthew Uwaekwe, stated that the company became interested in what the state was doing and decide to partner it by providing the needed technical support as well as utilise the incentives provided at the park to establish their presence in the manufacturing line.

According to him,  "As we speak,  we have signed several Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with Cross River to partner it in different sectors of the economy and we are committed as one of the reputable companies in China with over N5 billion monthly turn over in Nigeria to expand our business and grow the economy."

He further hinted:  "We will do all it takes to bring more investors to Cross River,  knowing very well that the state remains one of the safest place for business and leisure in Nigeria and Chinese investors will love to take advantage of this and invest."

According to Uwaekwe, "We are starting this partnership with a 'train the trainers' program were 18 Cross Riverians will be sent to China to training while arrangement for the establishment of a world class training facility in core technical areas has begun with the acquisition of C of O,"  adding that "Chinese experts are expected in Calabar to man the facility and train the youths in critical areas of need," Chief  added.
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