The efforts of the Professor Ben Ayade-led administration in Cross River State to industrialise the state got a major boost with a Chinese firm, China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Cooperation, announcing its plans to locate its Nigerian headquarters in Calabar.
Cao said that “the company ranks 250 among notable international contractors as presented by the United States Engineering News records.”
He said the company is currently building an airport in Zambia and a university hospital in Kenya.
Explaining that the firm has interest in the construction of the superhighway, Cao said if approved by the governor, its road construction engineers will be deployed to the state for commencement of feasibility studies.
He maintained that the firm also seeks to “embark on social housing, as Nigeria with a huge population is faced with accommodation challenges which must be tackled to boost the economy so that it would impact positively on the citizenry.”
Responding, Governor Ayade expressed hope that having established strong footing in various West Africa countries, he was confident that the firm will replicate same experience in Cross River.
“Make haste, as right now, we are under pressure from other companies, but as a state, we have not committed to any specific company in paper and in writing for the superhighway. It is open and virgin, you can come in as soon as you can,” Ayade said.
The governor implored the firm to “fast track institutional approvals and other processes necessary as we are ready to give you accommodation, provide logistics support to make sure your stay in Calabar is highly focused on delivering on the task.”
He commended the firm for choosing to locate its Nigerian headquarters in Calabar.