The Paramount Ruler of Ogoja, His Royal Majesty, Butru Godwin Odu has stated that Governor Ben Ayade has laid, very sufficiently, the economic foundation for Cross River to become a beacon of industrialization in the comity of Nigerian States.
The Royal Father made this statement when he recently received the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs. RoseMary Archibong and her team on a courtesy visit to his office at the Chamber of the Traditional Rulers Council, Ogoja Local Government Council, Ogoja.
Butru Odu, who maintained that the basic law of development economics is the foundation for proper take-off, commended the intellectual capacity of the governor and his ability to achieve laudable projects and pay salaries promptly and consistently in spite of the State’s lean allocation.
The Traditional Ruler also pledged support for Governor Ayade’s second bid, adding that attempts to deny him another stint at the Peregrino House would be a travesty of justice and a dangerous precedent for the political future of the Cross River State.
“At various fora, we have met and resolved that Senator (Prof.) Ben Ayade be returned to the Government House in 2019 in order to consolidate on the giant strides of his first tenure,” the Royal Father concluded.
Speaking earlier, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs. RoseMary Archibong thanked the Monarch for the warm reception in spite of his hectic royal engagements, adding that: “I come here with the goodwill of His Excellency, Senator (Prof.) Ben Ayade, your son who has done us proud in governance in the past three and half years.”
“We are here to tell the people of Ogoja and indeed the Northern Senatorial District that the Ayade-led administration is one that cares for and relates with its people and is interested in letting them know what it is doing,” Mrs. Archibong added.
The Commissioner used the opportunity to invite the royal father to ‘The Conversation’ her Ministry’s orientation programme aimed at educating the citizens, getting their views and creating a mix between the government and the governed, as well as presented a copy of ‘Giant Strides,’ a Ministry of Information and Orientation publication of the deliverables of the Ayade-led government.