Cross River to Begin Toothpicks Production


Cross River State Governor, Prof Ben Ayade, has commissioned an ultramodern toothpick factory. The factory situated at Ekori, Yarkurr Local Government Area of the state will be producing 31 million toothpicks in a day.
Ayade disclosed that his administration was “trying to create an economy that will radically alter the economic landscape of the state. The governor explained that “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.”
He also disclosed at the commissioning ceremony that only Cross River has such a factory as a state owned project with one hundred percent management by indigenes of the state while creating jobs for the teeming unemployed men and women.
While urging indigenes of the area to go into massive commercial cultivation of bamboo which is the raw material for toothpicks, the Governor said: “It has a short gestation period that is why it belongs to the grass family and it grows veraciously with wide growth.”
“Cultivate enough bamboo trees, we can produce 31 million toothpicks in a day, that is lots of business and lots of money with massive turnover,” Ayade directed.
General Manager of the company, Dr Ignatius Atsu, said “the factory, one of the many factories conceived by the Ayade administration produces the finest, strongest, organic and beautiful toothpicks is expected to bring significant economic value, creating wealth and introducing socioeconomic development in the area.”
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