APC berates Cross River governor for infrastructure decay  

Eme Offiong, Calabar

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, has condemned the extensive level of infrastructure decay in Cross River State.

John Ochala, the State Chairman of the party criticised Governor Ben Ayade for celebrating his return to school rather than pay attention to the business of delivering good governance to the people.

Negligence
Ochala described the return to school of Governor Ayade as a sign of idleness, noted that infrastructure in Cross River was near total collapse due to negligence of the government.

He stated, “we are talking about dilapidated roads all over the state. Look at our schools, our health infrastructure, our revenue generation capacity, and all other infrastructure. Are these not enough to bother a governor?  All that bothers him (Ayade) is to use public funds to go to school”. 

The APC chieftain further queried, “he is doing this to divert peoples’ attention from his failed administration. If I may ask, of what socio-political or economic value to Cross Riverians is his going to school? The schools he attended before now, how has he impacted the knowledge on Cross Riverians other than economic underdevelopment?”

The APC State Chairman also condemned the incessant travels of the governor when several challenges such as frequent communal wars were bedeviling Cross River.

Council Elections
The party regretted that Governor Ayade has refused to conduct local government elections in Cross River, a situation which has destroyed the fabrics of governance and accountability at the grassroots.

Ochala, who noted that the refusal to conduct council elections in the state since 2016, stated “Governor Ayade was bold enough to lie to the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari about his so-called super highway project. From the day of the ground breaking ceremony till date, nothing has been done concerning the road”.

He advised the governor “to get busy with the roads and other infrastructures begging for attention since it is very obvious that Mr. governor is idle.”

Legally alright
In a swift reaction, Christian Ita, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, described the criticism against Professor Ayade as “sheer idiocy.”

He noted that the Nigerian constitution was not against a public office holder acquiring any academic qualification or attending any public or private institution of learning.

“The criticism is sheer idiocy because there is no law stopping anybody from going to school, including those occupying public office.  Mugabe had most of his degrees while in public office,” Ita stated.

According to him, modern governance runs at institutional levels “and the governor, not being a superman, has put into place institutions that will drive development.”

Professor Ayade recently registered for a Masters degree to study Law at the University of Calabar, an action which was widely celebrated across State-owned media and received knocks from a cross section of the public.

 

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