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C'River To Generate N100bn Yearly From Rice Seedlings Plant - Ayade

Gov. Ben Ayade during an inspection visit to the construction site with Journalists

By Akor George

Cross River State Governor, Sen. Ben Ayade has said that the Rice Seedlings Industry currently under construction when completed will have the capacity to generate N70 - N100 billion naira yearly for the state.

Ayade who said this will boost the internally generated revenue of the state added that the industry will create  about 1000 jobs as it will be the biggest seedling plant in Africa.

The Governor said this during an organized inspection at the site yesterday in Calabar, the State Capital.

He maintained that the project is aimed at liberating the state from overdependence on the lean federal allocation, noting that industrialization of the state remain the only panacea to come out of the shock of loss of 76 oil wells to Akwa Ibom State..
The Governor briefing Journalists

While arguing on the need to create jobs for the youths, he observed that modernized farming would be an interesting venture for Cross Riverians that may not directly be employed in the Rice seedling plant.

He reiterated that his administration is keen to deliver his campaign promises despites the perceived skeptics from the public which he considered ideal to keep him on track.

In his words, "I appeal to Cross Riverians to be part of my intellectual ideologies of moving the state forward through industrialization and jobs creation. I want you all to key into my efforts to transform the state from civil service to a manufacturing and commercialized one".
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