By David Agabi
Chairman House Committee on Health and Member representing Bakassi State Constituency at the Cross River State House of Assembly, Dr Ekpo Ekpo Bassey on Thursday commended the Leadership Newspaper for identifying the Cross River State Governor Sir Benedict Ayade to be so honoured.
Dr Ekpo who made the commendation in chat with AFRICA TODAY at the International Conference Centre, Central Business District, FCT Abuja, said the honour have proven the fact that the Governor, Ben Ayade has ignite an agro-industrial revolution in Cross River.
He noted that with the vision, mission and the effective implementation of policies,governor Ayade has been able to put the state in a pedestal of sustainable economic growth and development.
The Bakassi-born medical doctor tuned politician said “this is evident in the wide spread of industries located in all the 18-local government areas across the state. This is a clear indication that the governor have the interest of the people at heart”
The lawmaker stressed that one of the things the governor has also done to reach out to people in the state is to expand government by appointing many people into his government for smooth, proactive and equitable delivery of the dividends of democracy to the people at all strata.
“You realise that Cross River has the highest number of appointees in the country by way of assessment on state by state bases, this by the way is to ensure that people have food on their table in order to contribute meaningfully to the economic growth and development of the state. Because he needs people to be strong healthy and fit believing that it is those who are well fed and taken care of that can help in igniting growth and sustainable development in their domain, line of trade, career or profession”
The parliamentarian having expressed happiness over the governor’s worthwhile deserved award after an internal and external assessment done on him by the Newspaper, urged Ayade to continue to do more and improve the economy of Cross River State, averring that for whom more is given more is expected.
Speaking on legislative and executive relationship, the lawmaker maintained that parliamentarians will continue to give the needed support for the executive to succeed
“We the legislature will continue to give the governor the needed support for him to succeed in rendering the needed services and delivering the dividends of democracy, we will not be in loggerheads with the executive, this is because when arms of government are always fighting it drags down progress, frustrates government and the people suffers. Because we both know our roles, we will continue to compliment our effort and move Cross River forward”
Some of the lawmakers, both state and federal that attended the event were lawmaker representing Obudu/ Bekwarra/Obanliku federal constituency, Legor Idagbo, Jaregbe Agom, representing Yala/Ogoja, Alex Egbona, representing Abi/Yakurr, Etta Mbora, representing Odukpani/Calabar Municipality.
Others were, Senator Sandy Onoh, senator representing Cross River Central, Godwin Akwaji, Member representing Obudu State Constituency, Edward Ajang-Bekwarra, Regina Anyogo-Yala 1, Fred Osim-Ikom 1, Sunday Achunekang-Obanliku, Mathew Olori-Akamkpa 1, Francis Ovat-Obubra 11, Secretary to the State Government, Bar Tina Agbor, Chief of Staff, Commissioners, Special Advisers among other dignitaries.
It would be recalled that Sir Benedict Ayade, Governor of Cross River State was on Thursday in Abuja, honoured with the Leadership Newspaper Governor (South) of the Year.