Kwara State Government awards N1.8bn contract for garment factory

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin.

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The Kwara State Executive Council has approved the award of a N1.8bn-contract for the establishment of a garment production factory to be known as Garment Production Village in Ilorin, the State capital.


The factory will provide job opportunities for thousands of Kwara State indigenes and residents, particularly youths and women.


The State Commissioner for Enterprise, Hajia Arinola Lawal, disclosed this at the cabinet meeting that was presided over by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.


Presenting the memo at the council meeting and explaining the bidding process for such high-end projects in line with the procurement law, the Commissioner put the cost of the garment factory at N1.8bn to be awarded to Freshvine Nigeria Ltd out of the three firms that bid for it.


The commissioner highlighted all stages of due process and transparency which the award of the contract went through before the presentation of the memo for the final council approval.


The commissioner also explained that various sustainable plans are in place for the factory to succeed.


Approving the memo, the council observed that the factory will be the largest in West Africa.


The council noted with delight that when operational, the factory has all the potentials to put Kwara on the world map and change the status of the State from a civil service State to a one with impressive industrial presence.


On the issue of security, the council emphasized that it was imperative for all residents of the State to support security agencies and government’s efforts towards sustaining the reputation of Kwara as a State of harmony.