Bassey Inyang in Calabar
The Inspector General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris, has expressed the intention of the Nigeria Police Force to partner the Cross River State Government on the Calabar Garment Factory by sewing uniforms for its officers and men.
This is coming barely a week after the National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN) expressed similar intention to partner the state on the garment factory.
Idris disclosed the intention when he received Governor Ben Ayade in his office at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
According to a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Christian Ita, the police boss said the police was willing to have police uniforms sewn at the Calabar Garment Factory as part of its efforts to contribute to the nation’s economy.
The statement further quoted the IG as saying that the decision was also in line with the police of the President Muhammdu Buhari’s administration of patronising made in Nigeria goods.
The IG also used the occasion to appeal to the governor to provide land for the force to build a residential estate.
Ayade, who was accompanied on the visit by his Chief of Staff, Martins Orim and the Chairman of the New Cities Development Board, KJ Agba was delighted at the propositions and accepted to partner the police.
Earlier, NUTGTWN lauded the governor for his foresight in the establishment of the Calabar Garment Factory, saying it is a landmark achievement in the nation’s quest to diversify its economy.
The union in a letter to the governor and signed by the National Secretary of the association, Comrade Issa Aremu, maintained that the factory, when fully operational has the potential of transforming the economic landscape of the state and the country at large.
Aremu who is also the Deputy National President of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) said: “We congratulate Professor Ben Ayade on the successful establishment of what is regarded as a world class garment factory in Calabar.”
The union which indicated its willingness to partner the state government, averred: “The factory which is one of the signature projects of your administration aimed at creating mass and decent jobs for the good people of Cross River State is also reckoned to be the biggest in Africa with the capacity to employ about 3,000 workers, largely women.”