A large crowd of widows were among teeming applicants that thronged the U J Esuene stadium, Calabar, yesterday for a screening exercise for employment with the Calabar Garment Factory.
A large crowd of widows were among teeming applicants that thronged the U J Esuene stadium, Calabar, yesterday for a screening exercise for employment with the Calabar Garment Factory. Mrs. Felicia Mkpang from Calabar South, one of the many applicants at the exercise, expressed happiness that Governor Ayade was proactively seeking for ways to alleviate poverty in the state.
“I am so excited to be here considering that we only just heard the good news about the equipment for the factory just arriving at the Lagos port yesterday.”
Another applicant from Calabar Municipality, Mrs Christiana Ekpe, who was full of excitement, also commended Ayade for having their interest at heart, saying that if employed, the opportunity afforded will go a long way in supporting their households, saying, “Governor Ben Ayade is God sent to us, and I thank God that I am one of those that will benefit from this gesture, God will help him to succeed.
She, however, lamented that the announcement for the exercise was too sudden and not effective enough to attract people from the central and northern parts of the state. Earlier, Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Tina Agbor, while addressing the applicants, said, “Our Digital Governor is a kind man who does not want to see women suffer.
He has a soft spot for women especially widows and he thought of you to be useful to you families and state by creating job openings for you. “He had planned for you before contesting the governorship election. He has imported the machines and the factory is under construction.
That factory will manufacture the t-shirts, fez caps and other items that are imported from America and China locally,” she said She described Ayade as “women friendly governor.”
Investigation revealed that most those who attended the exercise were school certificate holders, university graduates also thronged the venue with degrees and NYSC discharge certificates.
Some of them disclosed that though they were over qualified for the job, they had no option but to apply in order to make ends meet. They saw it as a means of curbing idleness, boredom and unemployment after years of graduation.