By Maxwell Effiong
Former State lawmaker and Cross River’s Special Envoy to the Gulf of Guinea, John Gaul Lebo on Thursday, said that the State is recruiting English Language teachers and manufacturers of sachet water for neighboring Equatorial Guinea.
Mr. Lebo who was the Speaker of the State’s 8th Assembly disclosed while speaking at the 78th Annual General Meeting of the Calabar Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (CALCCIMA).
Lebo who said the recruitment was been carried out by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, further averred that; “the recruitment is going to be handled by the University of Calabar being the Gulf of Quinea’s preferred option”.
He also sits as the vice president of CALCCIMA on inter-government affairs and spoke on the recent feat of 7,000 tonnes of Cocoa exported via the Calabar port.
Me. Lebo said this what because there were efforts to ensure trade is done in what he called, “recognized trade routes within the Gulf of Guinea,” of which the maritime corridor was one.
He took a swipe at critics of his politicking and disclosed that he had always been in the private sector before delving into politics and is currently focused on ensuring a boost in capacity of the local economy to contribute to the development of the State and the country.
On the successful export of Cocoa, he averred that it was not attacked despite the high rate of piracy attributed to the Gulf because, “pirates are business people”.
It will be recalled that despite draft limitations, Starlink Global and Ideal Limited transported 7,000 tonnes of cocoa beans through the Ecomarine Terminals in Calabar Port in March 2021, the first of such shipment in 14 years. The cocoa beans were bound for the United States of America.
The event which had the theme; “creating a private sector driven economy for Cross River State,” attracted attendees from different sectors of the economy.
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