Ayade: Re-engineering Cross River State for progress.
By Egbara Emmanuel
It is a Quabalistic fact that Cross River State is the most endowed State in the South -South of Nigeria in the area of human resources and human capital development.
It will not be olimpotic to mention names. The latest entrant into the leadership hall of fame in Cross River State as well as the entire South -South region is the phenomenon known as Sir Benedict Ayade, the present Executive Governor of Cross River State.
With the deep vision of Ayade’s emergence as the governor, much was known of him in the political arena. His community and surrounding communities could testify of his humanitarian and philanthropic gestures to the people.
He was however a very well-known player in the business world, working his way to the top with an infinite transposition.
As soon as he was sworn in, Gov.Benedict Ayade set out a work- template for Cross River State. His vision is to see Cross River State fully established as Nigeria’s first choice investment destination and a nerve- centre for industrial and commercial activities.
He further drew a road map through which he will transport his vision. His administration created a socially stable business and friendly environment that has attracted both indigenes and foreigners to seek wealth creating opportunities in Cross River State.
The new train of development in Cross River State has on board,the spirit of enterprise with a full scale industrialization. A new agricultural revolution with greater emphasis on mechanized farming that has ushered prosperity to the people.
Government collaboration and support of big agricultural investors and Cooperative farmers has driven the new agricultural era.
Introduction of improved seedlings has given agriculture a new productivity value. Trade and commerce has witnessed a new face with construction of world- class industries.
Governor Benedict Ayade has sustained and even improved the security of lives and property in Cross River. Operation “Skolombo” (clearance) has yielded more positive results than expected.
Kidnapers, armed robbers and other criminal elements have seen the signal and relocated elsewhere. That precisely is the reason for a re-juvenated night life in many cities , Calabar and other emerging urban cities. In the atmosphere of peace and security, every other seed of development is comfortably blossom.
Ongoing road construction will be completed while new frontiers targeting agro based communities will be opened up. The health sector has seen a tremendous upgrade while our health centers have received government support.
His Excellency passionately believes that a healthy people will bring about a wealthy state.
Tourism as an economic developmental partner has been re-engineered.
Private sector driven tourism initiatives will be encouraged and supported by the government. The Cala Vegas might be the latest national and international tourist destination centre in Nigeria.
The improvement of the state capital which has already commenced will be concluded with a re-definition of Calabar as a deserving state Capital.
Ayade thinks that he cannot go the length he sets out without the full support and co-operation of Cross River State workers. He has concluded plans for mass housing projects and other welfare packages for Cross River workers.
Governor Ayade’s determination to open up more industrial clusters and terrain will drastically reduce unemployment situation in the state.
Governor Benedict Ayade, a leader with defined vision and mission is poised to take Cross River State to the next enviable developmental level.
Many Cross Riverians are already upbeat on the new era of governance.