The Cross River Garment Factory has begun the production of five thousand (5,000) Convocation gowns for the Lagos State University (LASU).
At the Factory, the Cross River State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Hon. Peter Egba told CALABAR REPORTERS that the Lagos State University heard and saw what they have been doing, the quality of the job they are churning out to the market and decided to patronise the Factory all the way from Lagos.
“With the quality of our job here, LASU actually requested for 5,000 but the first Batch we are making right now is 2,000. We have 10 days to deliver the first 2,000 and with our speed and efficiency, we will deliver before then”.
Hon. Egba said such huge jobs will lighten up the Factory and improve the economy of the state. “Apart from making the staff busy and sharpening their skills, their capacity has been improved as a whole lot of them now know how to make Convocation gowns.
“The financial side of it is another aspect again, because we are not making them for free; they are paying even if we are not charging so high. We are still advertising and making the world to know that something good can come out of the Cross River State Garment Factory.
“It is cheaper and faster for us to make them here because we have efficient numbers of staff and sophisticated machines and every other equipments to make the job to come out very fast; that’s why I want to encourage everybody to come here and bring their orders for us to make”.
Egba lauded the legendary marketing team of the Garment Factory, adding that the Cross River University of Technology has approached them to make 5,000 gowns too. “Basically, Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) has approached us again to see how we can make 5,000 Convocation and Matriculation gowns for them. So, with what we are doing for LASU, it is going to give us more market and a lot of businesses”.
The Commissioner further said, “In 5 years or so to come, brands like Dolce and Gabana (D&G), Max and Spencer will come to Cross River State Garment Factory and see what we can also make for them”.
Hon. Lebo Edu, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Garment Factory Matters who also heads the Marketing team reiterated on what the Factory does and how their timing is so efficient.
“This is one of the things we do here in the Cross River State Garment Factory. We produce Convocation gowns, choir robes and other garments as the need arises.
“The timing is so perfect and with our amiable working team, we’ve just finished parcelling about a 1,000 and we’ll hit the first 2,000 before the 10-day duration. You can see that within the first 5 working days, we’ve been able to do 50% of the job.
“In the factory we have division of Labour, I am in charge of marketing and we do travel a lot to search for patronisers and customers who will bring products for us to produce.
“I contacted Lagos State University through one of their marketer and the consultant who submitted this job to us. We are also having indications from other universities based on this.
“Last year was a very trying period for the factory, but we believe that what we’ve seen this year, we won’t even have enough space to store our finished products, because we have so many indications from other clients”, Lebo said.
Lebo further said, they have partnered Lafarge (former UNICEM) to produce over 10,000 overalls as the Factory aims for the best in the world.
“Recently, we have Lafarge coming in for over 10,000 pieces of their overalls; we have given them time frame of production from the 11th of February, 20180. Our target is not to compete with any Factory in Africa, our target is to compete with China. So, we try to lure in investors and people who patronise China to come over to Cross River State Garment Factory”.
Further speaking with CALABAR REPORTERS was Mr. Bernard Egba, Special Adviser (SA) to the Governor on Commerce and Industry who said the quality and aesthetic of the materials and garments produced at the factory cannot be overemphasised.
“The quality of the material is unique, lit and best with a universal standard. We do this so not to disappoint out clients. We also have to make sure the threading are good enough to match the material. We have to give it all to produce the best quality so that other schools and clients can see and then come down to patronise us”.
On his part, Mr. Ngu John, Special Adviser (SA) to the Governor on Cross River Garment Factory said, the one year comprehensive and intensive training of their staff has been able to certified them and make them a world class Factory.
“We have been able to certified our staff after 1-year of comprehensive training and we are into full operation now. As we send our marketing team out there, we are confident that whatever job that is brought to us right now, we can be able to do it magnificently”.
The SA further said, the Factory will be producing their own products apart from other external jobs. “Apart from the fact that we take external jobs, we are also set to produce out own brands and our own brands will be able to meet the fashion trend in the market, so that we won’t be out of production. All this is envisioned by the visioner in the person His Excellency, Senator Professor Ben Ayade”.
Watch Video of the Garment Factory during production below: