Governor of Cross River state, Senator Ayade has lamented the salary deficit of over N1.3 billion in the state, saying the workers don’t deserve to be owed but that, “the state will do its best to alleviate the suffering of the people.”
Ayade made this known yesterday adding that the dollars loan taken were never known to him and are falling due to massive pressure.
According to the Governor, “I will not be able to cope with salary deficit of about 1.3 billion dollars with pressure from various angles.
“As I speak with you, over 1,200 Cameroonians flew into Cross River and there is the pressure for their feeding and upkeep. We all know that the is huge security outlay and part of government’s responsibility is to protect lives and properties.
“We are doing our best to keep the State safe and clean. But because of the paucity of funds we are still doing everything possible to manage waste and refuse challenges”.
While adding that the Local government elections will gulp more money, Senator Ayade said there is the Crutech subvention and ITM subvention.
Furthermore, he disclosed that the the bills of the Calabar Carnival are waiting to be be paid adding that Christmas is around the corner.
Wondering how the Governor, is funding and coping with the signature projects and and still ensure prompt payments of salaries, Edem Henshaw congratulated the governor saying “my father before his death told me there is nothing impossible to a willing mind.
“I never understood what he meant then until you came on-board as the Executive Governor of our great state and I witnessed the commencement of multi-billion dollar project without money in the state treasury.
“The greatest legacy you will be leaving in us after your tenure is over is not just your signature projects but the ‘ I-can-do-it mentality ‘.
Buttressing Henshaw’s position Judith Edet advocated for strong support for governor Ayade from all Cross Riverians.
According to her we honestly need to stand by our dear Governor to ensure the state moves forward. This is not the time for politics, we are all Cross Riverians and we should make well for our state.