By CrossRiverWatch Admin
As part of gestures to encourage and support indigenous enterpreneurs who chose to return home to invest in Cross River State, the state Governor, Senator Ben Ayade has promised that he will personally contribute to helping the businesses stabilize and break even.
The governor said this while making a goodwill donation of five million Naira to support the business and promising that the state government will clear the bills of ‘everything’ that was served on the opening day of Fusion, a restaurant newly opened in Calabar by former Presidential aide, Senator Florence Ita Giwa.
Speaking at the opening which saw a large turn out of guests including the former Governor of the state Donald Duke and former Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso Ayade said: “Senator Florence Ita-Giwa is a dream and pride of Cross River State. She is one of those great assets of the state, and we laud you for having the courage to come here and invest in the state. As part of efforts to encourage you, all the bills at the opening of this restaurant will be paid by the state government.
“As a person, as Ben Ayade, I am donating the sum of five million Naira. This is to show Cross Riverians that if they indeed come to invest in Cross River, the government would be there to support them”.
An elated Princess Giwa, while responding said as the name entails, the Fusion is a place that will fuse and unite the old and the young as well as serve meals that will ensure customers eat healthy and maintain good health.
“This place is going to unite young and old, forward looking children, hardworking people and so on. We are going to have food that will take your well-being into consideration. You will eat and have energy and look like I do at 70, still very energetic.
“I don’t have joint pain, no knee pain. I am the only 70 year old that does the 12 kilometer carnival walk. So if you eat the Fusion food, you will be like Ita Giwa. Everything here is measured. Like the salt here is sodium-free. The oil here is cholesterol free. What I am serving here is what I eat and I like my life,” Ita Giwa said.
The event also had the Deputy Governor of Cross River State, Professor Ivara Esu and several state government appointees in attendance.
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