By Efa Sunday: Government House Correspondent
Cross River State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade has approved the purchase of two hundred units of Foton heavy duty trucks, to commence business partnership with Foton International Trade Company Limited from Beijing in China.
Governor Ayade gave this approval this morning while playing host to the four-man team, headed by Mr. Muazzam Mairawanu, harped on the need for Cross River Government to sign the Memorandum of Understanding and earnest commencement of an assembly factory in the State.
Mr. Muazzam said, “Your Excellency, we have come today to remind you of our last discussion sometimes last year and the understanding we had to kick start our partnership with at least two hundred heavy duty trucks. We have also come to ask that you provide us with the purchase demanding plan and payment terms for this order.
“In relations to these, Your Excellency, we would like to have the number of Cross River Government facilitator teams who would be on this trip to China to sign this MoU, so as for us to prepare letter of invitations for their visit.”
In his reaction, Ayade assured the team members of his unrevoked support for an assembly plant within the State, while also noting the economic benefit to it’s citizenry.
“Left to me alone, I would have said this process should commence immediately, but of course I need to discuss with my Advisers and seek their opinions, because we cannot overstate the significance of such plant be situated in Cross River State. It would create massive employment for our people here, and it would further boast our source of internally generated revenue and as well invite foreign investors to come here for business.”
Ayade while expressing his delight explained the correlation between his signature projects and the need for the trucks.
He said; “We have a Government that is committed in industrializing the State. We have massive industrial park, where six thousands chicks would be produced and exported per day with our own feedmill still produced in the state. We have an Indomie Factory under construction amongst other massive projects ongoing across the States, so there is need for transportation using the trucks. Most of this products in these trucks would be exported to other neighbouring countries and across the globe.”
While concluding, he promised to prepare official passport for his team of delegates to China, while also adding that “the MoU will be signed and supported with an Irrevocable Standing Payment Order (ISPO).”
Although, the unit price of each truck was not mentioned by Foton International Trade Company Limited however, Mr. Ayade said, there is no need to fidget over the payment method, stating that “Intellectual money” will do the magic.
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