Governor Ben Ayade’s investment in agro-industrialization, health, education, agriculture, social infrastructure among others, are big, life-changing factors for the people of Cross River state.
Cross Riverians, no doubt have never had it this good. Improvement in the people’s social standing; job and wealth creation occasioned by his agro-Industrialisation bent are beautifully glaring. They define Ayade’s rock-solid match to remake Cross River.
No wonder, the Ayade administration has been applauded home and abroad. Indeed, the governor is the chief driver of new Cross River where aggressive agro-Industrialisation is at the epicentre of reawkening-the spirit of enterprise-pervading the state.
Upon assumption of office in 2015, Ayade, a Professor of Environmental Microbiology, pledged to decouple Cross River state from over dependence on the crude oil- induced federal monthly allocation.
With avalanche of industries today saturating the state, he has kept that promise.
Obviously, the ultra modern industries, most of them the first of their kinds in Africa, including the eye-popping Garment Factory in Calabar, have firmly established Cross River as Nigeria’s industrial hub after Lagos.
It is expected that the industries, when operational optimally, will go a long way to also increases the state Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state.
Indeed , one of the cardinal programmes of the Ayade administration is the provision of world class industries, and infrastructures that guarantee providing jobs opportunities for the youths of the state.
Governor Ayade as a deep thinker and a futuristic epiphany believes that Agriculture is the bedrock of our economic development hence, the need to change Cross River’s narrative from the inelegant sobriquet of “civil servant state” which connotes a “consuming” rather than a “producing” state, to industrialised state.
Under Ayade’s watch, the story of Cross River is today told in the positive.
Because a tree cannot make a forest, its pertinent that all hands of stakeholders, including relevant ministries and agencies charged with the industrialization agenda of the administration, ensure that the momentum of Agro- Industrialisation drive of the governor remains all time high.
It on this score that I specifically enjoin the state Commissioners for Agriculture, Works and Industry to see themselves as veritable pillars of support in this regard.
Essentially, Ayade has kept the hope of a greater Cross River alive, going by his superlative performance in the Industrialization drive and provision of social infrastructures.
Although financial resources of the state is lean, Cross Riverians can be rest assured that the governor has grit determination and a robust plan to leave Cross River better than he met it.
_*Jake Clifford is a serving corps member in the Governor’s Office, Calabar*_
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