Cocoa can sustain C’River economy, says CAN
Cocoa Association of Nigeria (CAN) has said cocoa has the potential to sustain Cross River’s economy. Vice President of Cross River/Akwa Ibom and Rivers states Zone, Mr. Godwin Okwu, stated this during the commissioning of Cocoa Guest House in Ikom Council of the state.
Okwu said the guest house, which was built by stakeholders in the industry, would provide accommodation for investors that would patronise the ultra-moderm Cocoa processing factory constructed by Ayade’s administration when fully operational.
He said: “It is actually a first step in the package we are offering to investors and the general public, to ensure that upon visiting, they are treated to appropriate conditions for relaxed, impressive and ultimately satisfying long-term business visits to the state. We have seamless blend of tourism and business in the best exquisite way possible.”
The association appealed to the state government to provide 20 hectares of land to raise cocoa seed garden and a demonstration farm.
He also disclosed that plans have been made to construct a skill acquisition centre, towards reducing unemployment and youth restiveness in the society.
Representing Ayade, the state Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Alphonsu Eba, lauded the state branch of CAN for its developmental stride.
Chairman, Cross River State branch of CAN, Mr. Ejor Obi, said the association was fully prepared to increase cocoa production in the state.