The Cross River Government has concluded plans with a Slovakian firm, Sirieco, to establish electric car assembling plant in the state.
The Chief Executive Officer of Sirieco Company Limited, Mr Groidis Peter, disclosed this while he and his team were on an inspection tour of Ayade Industrial Park in Calabar.
Apart from the electric car plant, the Slovakian firm will also establish a factory to manufacture energy bulbs in the state.
Speaking to newsmen after visiting the park, he said, “After a useful deliberation with the governor and tour of some of the projects here in this industrial park, I am glad to announce to you that we will love to build a strong working relationship with the Cross River State government which will culminate in the building of a hub that will be second to none in Africa.”
He added that, “We are starting with Eco-Cars; electric cars and we hope to set up the car assembling plant here in this park. We are also building a factory for the manufacturing of long-lasting street lamps.”
Speaking on the issue, Governor Ben Ayade said, “The Ayade Industrial park has 42 plots of land ready for any serious investor who is willing to create jobs for at least 50 Cross Riverians from its investment outlay.
“We are offering free land, tax exemption and providing the necessary utility support services including free Wi-Fi.”
Ayade also said, “The team we just received has expressed its readiness to commence the installation of an electric car assembling plant and, in addition, set up a modern street light bulb manufacturing plant with minimum of 18 watts and above for our streets using the latest technology that has a better temperature control system and 22 years life span solar systems.”
He said, “The new solar bulb will not suffer the deposition burden that characterises the technology we currently have and that it will have no attenuation of its lighting on the basis of long use occasioned by high temperature in Nigeria.”
Ayade underscored the importance of touring the industrial park, saying “We brought them here to make a choice of a location because we are giving them free land and also guaranteeing them three years tax exemption.”