Solomon UGO, Calabar
Handover notes and commendations trickle in for the Governor of Cross River State, Prof Ben Ayade following a directive urging commisioners and key appointees to submit handover notes ahead of his second term inauguration in May 29, as part of efforts to wind down the current state executive.
Reacting to this directive in an exclusive interview with Voplink Media correspondent, Special Assistant to the governor on Commerical Agriculture,Akuku Ugbani, thanked him for the love he gave him and consent to some of his initiatives whlie performing his duty.
“When I first brought investors from Belarus who are into Aquaponics and tractor fabrication, I had a challenge of meeting the Govenor because of his tight schedules. When I later saw him, it was obvious he loved what I brought”.
He commended the governor for giving him the chance to make impact in his government even as he expressed optimism that the governor will do better in his second tenure while also noting that he had overcome initial challenge of approvals because of lean resources in critical sectors.
“I was a member of the team that went to Abuja to negotiate with RIFAN (Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria) and the CBN to incorporate the state into the program for both rainy and dry season rice farming. It was highly achieved under the ministry of Agriculture,” he emphasized.
It would be recalled that ahead of his second term inauguration on May 29, Cross River State governor, Professor Ben Ayade disclosed that he will reduce the size of his cabinet in order to ensure better service delivery for Cross Riverians. The Governor urged Commissioners and others holding key appointments in the state to prepare handover notes and submit same to him on or before next week Friday, April 26, 2019.
Ostensibly, the state governor in his first tenure appointed 28 Commissioners and several Special Assistants which elicited outcry from some members of the public.He has however justified this with his first term outing so far and intends to improve upon for more focused governance in his second term having promised to hit the ground running after his re-election.
In a statement released in Calabar on Thursday, the governor directed all his commissioners and other appointees of government to prepare their handover notes and forward same to him on or before next week Friday, April 26, 2019.
The statement, which was signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor and Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Christian Ita, said the governor intends to reduce the size of his cabinet considerably.
“His Excellency, Governor Ben Ayade will run a smaller and tighter cabinet in his second term in office in order to engender a more focused administration for better service delivery,” the statement read in parts.