Less than a week after the two privately owned airlines, Aero Contractor and First Nation suspended their operations, the Cross River State
Governor, Senator Ben Ayade has revealed that the state is partnering with Dana Group to set-up Cally Air.
The partnership will also extend to pharmaceuticals with the establishment of the Calabar Pharmaceutical Company (CalaPharm), the governor said.
Disclosing this in Calabar when he led the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dana Group, Mr. Jackies Hartmani to the site of the Calabar Pharmaceutical Company, currently under construction, Gov. Ayade said Cross River was creating new platforms, new business opportunities that will open a fresh horizon for young people to exploit.
The governor who assured Cross Riverians of a brighter future, despite the current recession said: “Cross River State expects a lot to happen, as there is a lot of energy, steam, excitement in the air because the state will definitely make a difference in the face of this recession.”
He emphasised that at a time such as this “only quality idea such as the one that is giving birth to airline and pharmaceutical company that can survive any society that is challenged and threatened by economic downturn.”
According to him, “that is when the intellect and the best of everybody comes out and I think Nigerians will see this challenge as a great opportunity to reinvent themselves. This time is an opportunity for us to think and go beyond the scope of our normal lifestyle, to find from the depth of our intellect, capacity and knowledge, to forge a new prosperity, new vision, focus on reconstructing a new economy, new lifestyle, new consumption pattern that can take Nigeria out of the woods.”
On the new partnership between the state and Dana Group, especially as it concerns the pharmaceutical company, the governor maintained that Cross River State will become the hub for the manufacturing of drugs in the whole of the South/South region of the country and Cameroun.
According to him, “the original intention and spirit of this factory is to provide the drugs demand for the proposed Cross River State Health Insurance Scheme. As you are well aware, the Health Insurance Bill has been passed by the House of Assembly which I am going to be signing into law by Tuesday,” Ayade stressed.
He stated that “the idea therefore is that Cross River State will be having a huge demand for drugs for her citizens who will be covered under the comprehensive insurance scheme.