Ayade Dumped Multi-Million Dollar Toothpick Factory In Cross River Without Facilities Two Years After It Was Commissioned
The Cross River State Toothpick Factory, which was commissioned by Governor Ben Ayade two years ago, has failed to satisfy popular expectations.
According to the state government, the Factory was/is capable of producing 31 million Toothpicks, daily but surprisingly, the Factory has been under lock and key for a long time with its products nowhere to be found in the market.
In a social media post, a public affairs analyst from Yakurr LGA, where the facility is located, wrote, “Sincerely, this factory is not WORKING; those who claim otherwise are ENEMIES of Cross River State.” The CRS monies that were put in this venture have gone to waste.”
He further remarked, “It is WIDELY advertised, even serially flaunted as the current administration’s HUGELY SUCCESSFUL investment in my state.” This is not an SUCCESSFUL narrative, as evidenced by the heavily closed manufacturing building, unoccupied security post, ripped Nigerian and Cross River State flags, and overgrown grasses on the premises.”
Clearly, the government has no business running businesses; instead, she should create an atmosphere that encourages private investment to thrive…”
Gov. Ben Ayade had on 4 March, 2019 commissioned the Factory where he also urged indigenes of the state to go into commercial cultivation of bamboo which is the major raw material required for the production of Toothpick.
The Toothpick Factory is one of many industries being created by the Cross River State government, but many have yet to be commissioned, and those that have been commissioned have failed to benefit the state economically.