Ayade prefers industrialisation!

Ayade prefers industrialisation!
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River.

By Emmanuel Una

THOUGH occasions in Cross River State seemingly are being overshadowed up to now one week by the defection of Governor Ben Ayade who was elected on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, the state has all the time been within the information for undertaking initiation by the governor.

In the previous six years, there was a brand new path in governance with deal with industrialisation, away from the earlier administrations within the state which targeted on infrastructural growth like highway development, faculty amenities , hospital upgrading and rural growth.

The Ayade authorities got here with what it termed ‘Signature Projects” which focuses on enterprise and income era. These tasks  embrace the development of 675 kilometres Super Highway, Bakassi Deep Sea Port, Garment Factory, Rice Mill Factory and Cocoa Processing Factory. Significantly, these are all megabuck guzzling  tasks meant to generate enormous revenue for the state on completion.

In addition to those tasks, tonnes of different tasks have been initiated throughout the state. Among them are the Cally Air for which two plane have been acquired, the Calachika rooster manufacturing facility, the Advanced Teachers Institute, the roofing tiles manufacturing facility, groundnut Oil Mill, Tooth Pick Factory and Long Piles Factory.

Essentially, work has reached superior levels in most of those Signature Projects and their ancillaries however going by the magnitude of labor required and the price concerned with the funds of the state, which we are sometimes advised are in a poor state, solely two have been accomplished and put to make use of. These are the Garment Factory which employs about 300 girls most of them widows and the Calachika rooster undertaking which has began churning out rooster throughout festivals like Christmas, Easter, Sallah and the like.

Speaking lately throughout a rally by council chairmen and councillors within the state tagged Industrialisation March, the governor, Senator Ayade assured that the tasks will all be accomplished in due time earlier than he exits authorities “ to provide employment for young people in the state and boost the revenue base of the state and wean it from over-dependence on federal allocation”.

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He assured that the Superhighway could be accomplished together with the Deep Sea Port earlier than he leaves workplace whilst monumental work remains to be required to be achieved and billions of naira to be injected to carry them to completion.

Ayade has a welfare scheme for the individuals known as “Food on the Table’, and this works via the appointment of hundreds of individuals within the state to his authorities. They get a wage, although not commensurate with the nomenclature of their porfolio given to them, the underlying factor is that they obtain an alert  on the finish of every month to fulfill their feeding and lodging wants whereas prudent ones could make a saving to spend money on companies and different income yielding ventures.

“If I have my way, every Cross Riverian would be included into the state payroll and from what I have done there is no family in the state that has not been accommodated one way or the other and I think this goes a long way in alleviating poverty and its pain”.

The governor advised the gang through the Industrialisation Rally some weeks again.


But to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, which has develop into the opposition within the state following the governor’s defection, Food on the Table is a misnomer and an insult to individuals of the state. “God forbid that the governor of Cross River State in 2023 should be ‘Food on the Table’ governor. Food has never been scarce to our people and saying you are giving them crumps in the name of food is an insult”

Senator Liyel Imoke who handed over to Ayade advised PDP members throughout a stakeholders assembly on Sunday, twenty third May.

Regular wage fee to each civil servants and political workplace holders is a type of issues which Ayade has excelled up to now six years. Even because the allocation from the federal authorities has dwindled, salaries have by no means been owed past one week into the brand new month. For this singular efficiency he is named “Salary Master”.

With the heightened political temperature within the state, the individuals are hoping that the governor will stay targeted and full the plethora of tasks and programmes he has initiated earlier than his tenure expires in two years.

Vanguard News Nigeria

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