Cross River indigenes expectant as Governor begins second term

Igbogi-Green Imelda, Calabar


The people of Cross River State in Southern Nigeria have shared their views on what they expect from Governor Ben Ayade in his second term in office.

Mrs. Onari Duke, former wife of Cross River State governor, in an interview with Voice of Nigeria, said she looks forward to Governor Ayade’s vision in the State in the next four years.

She said he has clearly expressed to the indigenes that he want Cross River State to be very top not only in the State but beyond Nigeria in terms of infrastructure development.

“I look forward to the realization of these vision as everyone collectively key into what the Governor intend to do and each person play their own part and role, I believe that the State is already endowed with lots of natural resources,’’ she said.

Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, said that Governor Ayade should continue in his industrialisation project as the project could create more jobs.

“Let him continue so that he can create more jobs and eradicate poverty in the land. Nigerians should listen to him and help him also overcome the issue of Bakassi because the people are suffering,” Senator Ita-Giwa said’.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN Nella Andem-Rabana said all the projects Governor Ayade  started should be brought to completion, because some of them are mid-way at different level of completion and some are about to take off.

“He should remove people from government dependence to innovativeness, creativities, and financial independence and I know that he can do it,’’ she added.

According to the State’s former Commissioner for Finance, Asuquo Ekpenyong, “His intention is to supervise and ensure that all the projects are fully implemented in Cross River State. He will be touring and moving from each project side from the hills of Obanikoro to the creek of Bakassi to ensure that every single industrialization project across the 18 local government areas in Cross River State are fully executed. He should remain steadfast.”

“I pray to God for him to continue to be holding steadfast to those intentions to the end of his administration in 2023. I wish him a wonderful second tenure, we will be here to cheer him up when he leave in 2023 after he has executed every single project vision he has for Cross River State’’.  Asuquo Ekpenyong stated.

Honourable Tity Ndifon Effiong, Cross River State Vice Chairman People’s Democratic Party, PDP said  “Governor Ayade has done a lot in his first term, only four years, he has put thinsg on ground. I am expecting him to do more than what he has done in his first term. I know that the Deep sea Port, the super high way, and even the cargo airport in Obudu, he will complete them because he is a wonderful governor.

“My advice to him is that he should keep to his promise, already, he is a promise keeper. By the grace of God he is a man of God, so God will stand by him to achieve what he has already put on ground,’’ Honourable Effiong added.

The Rector,  Institute of Technology and Management, Ugep, Cross River State, Dr. Jeff Thomson, adviced the Governor to focus more on the education sector.

“As an educationist, I am looking forward to him to develop the education structures in Cross River State,’’ he said.

Former special adviser to the governor on Youth Affairs, Prince God-will Edward, said;  ‘’ I want to see the Deep sea Port and the super high way to come to manifestation. He should also carry the people of Cross River State at heart’’.

Former special adviser to the governor technical matters, Eric Akpo, was excited about Governor Ayade’s achievment during his firts term,  saying that the governor should focus on Agriculture development in this second phase of his leadership.


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