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Innovation regime as internet-enabled streetlights adorn Calabar industrial hub

As part of new drive to woo investors, the Cross River State Government says it has installed Internet-enabled streetlights in the new industrial layout in Calabar, the state capital.

A statement by the government said the solar-powered Internet-enabled streetlights were installed at the industrial boulevard, located at the Goodluck Jonathan Bypass in Calabar.

In his remarks after launch, Governor Ben Ayade said the high-tech technology was “the first of its kind anywhere in the world,” noting that the four megawatt hi-tech solar independent power will provide twenty-four hours electricity to the industrial area.

Production firms that will benefit from the initiative include the Rice City, the Calabar Pharmaceutical Company and the Calabar Garment Factory all of which employ no fewer than 15,000 citizens in the state.

During inspection on the installations with a team of German engineers, Ayade said the new technology would power the factories at less cost while guaranteeing the highest quality of power to the industrial hub.

“We are very happy to have this team in Cross River with their latest German technology to give us uninterrupted power supply within the Ayade Industrial Complex located here along Goodluck Jonathan Bypass.

“We have abundant sunlight in Calabar which will be converted to solar power with one megawatt in each of the five project sites that makes up the Ayade Industrial Complex.”

Business Hilights gathered that more foreign and local investors are still showing interest to be part of the hub expected to drive manufacturing traffic in the South South region of the country soon.