The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines “Assessment” as a thorough appraisal or evaluation of the performance of a project to determine its successes and failures.
In the last fifty (50) days, Cross River state and her people had witnessed a systematic change in governance and industrialization pattern.
This period under review no doubt has witnessed both tremendous successes and humongous failures in some areas as the case maybe.
Obviously, I may not be favoured by majority of individuals seriously not supporting the Governor Ben Ayade’s government in the state owing to the fact that many of those who will read this piece are those opposing the current administration and my assessment may end up disappointing their desires, but as a non partisan and a neutral entity who is only interested in revealing issues of public importance, I will not allow personal interest to becloud my good moral sense of reasoning in this evaluation.
On Environment and Sanitation, the administration of Senator Ben Ayade has performed 60 over 100% percent, but is not out of play to assume that the Governor Ben Ayade will not increase his quest to keeping Cross River “Green and Clean”
You can agreed with me that there was a compulsory sanitation yesterday being Saturday, July 27, 2019, in fact there was a total locked down in the state metropolis as all former commissioners, DGs in various agencies, top head of service were all seen in the streets of Calabar showcasing their ‘working and cleaning’ abilities according to the Governor directives.
From 1999 till date, Cross River State is still recorded as one of the most cleanest states in Nigeria, the Governor in his usual way of making sure the state maintains that pedigree, he has again declared July 30, 2019 as “GREEN CANOPY CARNIVAL” to mark another round of tree planting to ensuring that Cross River remains ever green and clean.
In another development, the Governor Ben Ayade’s government has commence the rehabilitation of the deadliest control of the gully erosion in Parliamentary and other parts of the state in collaboration with international agency will stop at nothing but to improve the desire of the public from assessing Governor Ben Ayade’s administrative expertise in erosion control. I think, there is hope for the state under this government.
On the other hand, the ongoing asphalting of Okuku-Okpoma section of 145km highway dualization is close to the finishing point. According to the Project Manager, Mr. John Najar projects that by October or November, at least 80km of the road would have been completed. The construction under the overall supervision of Governor Ayade is quite commendable. No doubt, this feet may engineer the boost of its percentage performance soonest.
On Agriculture, at present, the government has not recorded many achievements as expected apart from few of the rice seedlings which was delivered to Bayelsa State and Yala Local Government Area. In terms of Agriculture, I am also hopeful that things will get better should government seats well, because I have heard many people deliberating on embarking on a full blown farming which according to some of them it may cut across “Maize Farming, Bee Farming, “Suya Beans Farming” and lots more.
Therefore, I score him 40 over 100% percent for now pending the actualization of the above farming industries
On road construction, so far, the ongoing asphalting of Okuku-Okpoma section of 145km highway dualization is close to the finishing point and already over 25km of the Obanliku-Obudu axis of the road has been completely asphalted and fitted with street lights and media.
However, it will not be fair to leave this area without assigning mark commensurate with the record observed so far in the sector.
In as much as we do not have concrete evidence whether the present government has commission any road construction yet, there is a scoop that the state government is rehabilitating, constructing some roads in the Northern part of the state and revitalizing some dilapidated roads which can attract 60 over 100% percent for now. Though, we are optimistic that things will improve once a Commissioner for Works takes over the saddle soonest.
In Transportation sector, I wish to appeal to the state government under the leadership of Senator Ben Ayade that he should try to revisit the old “Cross Links” transport company Ltd which I think it will in one way or the other create jobs for the youths and reduce unemployment as well.
On Health sector, the Ayade’s government has recorded many achievements even though he is yet to appoint commissioner and health DG for this sector, the flag off of the 2019 immunization exercise by Her Excellency, the wife of the Governor, Dr. Linda Ayade in the state and the flagg off of the Ayade Eye Care exercise which according to her it was necessary for all the staff in the Cross River State Garment Factory to participate, undoubtedly, the Ayade’s second term may still raise the hope of all Cross Riverians to having access to good health Care services as usual.
Following the achievements recorded so far in the health sector in his second term, I will not be stingy to award 50 over 100% percent, believing that things will change once a Commissioner for Health is appointed to man the sector.
In Civil Service, it is still skeptically secretive to ascertain the true position and plight of civil servants under 50 days in office having been accused of paying them 70% salary instead of 100%, so in this case, those in state civil service will tell us better
Be that as it may, the Governor Ben Ayade’s government has played it’s part in this sector having continued to maintain the opinions and recommendations of the public not to sack or suspend workers.
On Pension Matters, it can not really be ascertain or if the Governor is still owing them, maybe those in this sector should be able to tell us better.
In order not to border our teeming readers with long epistle of government’s assessment, we have decided to split this exercise into parts to enable the public digest the preliminary appraisal of Governor Ben Ayade’s administration successes and failures within the last 50 days in office.
Jake Clifford is the publisher of Weetalknaija Daily and a strong advocate for good governance
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