The member representing Obubra/Etung Federal Constituency and the Chairman house Committee on Legislative, Budget and Research, Rt. Hon. Mike Etaba has congratulated the Governor, Sir Ben Ayade on his 100 days in office, urges Cross Riverians to support him (Ben Ayade) so as to do more.
The assessment of leaders in their first 100 days in office began in 1932, when the United States President, Franklin D Roosevelt, became the first world leader to be judged by his first 100 days as President.
Roosevelt was inaugurated into office in March 1932, with the American economy and unemployment in dire need of attention. Roosevelt confronted the economic depression with an aggressive presidential and legislative agenda that produced an unprecedented twelve laws in 15 weeks and by the end of his first 100 days, Americans were beginning to sense recovery in the air. Ever since then, it has become a practice worldwide.
In Nigeria, the practice is not restricted to the Presidency alone; the governors are equally assessed based on their performances, with accolades given where necessary. The administration of Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State cannot be an exception to this norm.
In his inaugural address on Wednesday, 29th May, 2019, after being sworn-in to complete his mandatory second term, Sir Ben Ayade, offered himself as a “Project Manager” and a co-labourer before a large crowd of Cross Riverians who witnessed the swearing-in ceremony at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar, the state capital.
Hear from the very mouth of the newly sworn-in State Chief Executive: ‘‘I stand here today, to promise you that since the God we worship and adore did not fail us, I will not fail you. I will continue to serve you as your Servant-Leader, in absolute humility and devotion to your needs and desires and will appropriate your resources to improve your living condition, and secure the future for our children so they too, can be as productive and fulfilled in their aspirations as their counterparts elsewhere‘‘, said Sir. Ayade
The governor who was flanked by his wife, Dr Linda Ayade, told the crowd at the 30, 000 capacity stadium that he will raise the bar of performance in the areas of Infrastructure, Industrialization, Power Supply, Security, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, Human Capacity Development, Agriculture, and Rural and Riverine Area Development.
In an explicit commitment to rural development, Gov. Ayade had assured that his second term will open up the rural areas, create more urban centres, develop fresh economic opportunities and reduce pressure on the Calabar-metropolis to boost socio-economic expansion and give rural dwellers a sense of belonging.
100 days down the line in the saddle, an unbiased Cross Riverians and resident is impressed to note that Governor Ayade’s administration in spite of the adverse effects of the economic recession in the country has been able to record remarkable feats in line with its promises to focus on infrastructure, develop rural, riverine and agrarian communities and as well alleviate the sufferings of the people who are the true heroes of democracy.
Recall that one of the policy thrusts of the current administration as stated in the governor’s second term manifesto was: “Industrialization Drive”. True to his words, Sir Ben Ayade has remained grassroots-oriented, focusing on developing the rural communities through concentration of massive infrastructural development in the most remote and neglected areas across the state’s 18 local government areas.
Checks reveal that the State Chief Executive will celebrate his 100 days in office with over 100 intervention/direct labour and major infrastructural projects going on simultaneously across the three senatorial districts of the State. While some of the projects have been completed and ready for inauguration, others are at the advanced stage of completion.
Within his first 100 days in office, the governor has completed the 23 Megawatts Power plant in Odukpani, Dualization of Obudu road, Harnessing of Agricultural development etc.
However, the above are just tips of the icebergs of massive and verifiable infrastructural development going on in the rural areas and urban centres of the State under the watchful eyes of Gov. Ben Ayade.
Apart from the remarkable impacts in Agricultural development and industrialization, which is one of the focal points of his second term, Gov. Ayade’s administration has also made a mark in other spheres of development. These include education, agriculture, health, workers’ welfare, peace initiatives, security, mass power supply, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), massive appointments, employment generation, enhanced social services and good governance, prudent management of resources, etc. All these are consistent with the Ayade’s-Intellectual agenda of the present administration.
Gov. Ben Ayade’s administration has also made positive impact in upgrading infrastructure in Calabar metropolis, through rehabilitation of numerous urban roads, and maintenance of street lights and traffic lights.
The state government also made significant intervention on rehabilitation of failed sections of vital federal roads in the state to alleviate the pains, which road users had experienced in the past.
Under his first 100 days in office, Gov. Ayade’s commitment to the welfare of workers in the state and his sustained cordial relationship with Organized Labour has remained firm as evident in the regular payment of salaries and pensions on or before 27th of every month, while still executing capital projects even when most states are unable to do so.
The truth, no doubt, in the first 100 days of the governor remains that, there is excitement in Cross River State and the citizens are happy and at home with their visionary, unassuming and God fearing governor for his selfless service and efforts at giving them qualitative and people-oriented leadership.
From the above assessment of Governor Ayade’s achievements in infrastructure in his 100 days in office which falls on Friday, 6th September, 2019, it is obvious that the State Chief Executive has hit the ground running and has set the stage for the advancement of the State Infrastructure, Rural and Riverine Area Development in line with his second term campaign promises.
It is therefore, the responsibility of you and me, to give our dear governor the support to do more!
Rt. Hon. Mike Etaba,
Member Obubra/Etung Federal Constituency, Chairman House Committee on Legislative, Budget and Research.