Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River has been commended for being in a
hurry to bring about the dividends of democracy to the people of the
state as reflected in the gigantic projects he is undertaking.
President of Southern Governors’ Wives Forum (SGWF), and wife of the
Governor of Imo State, Her Excellency, Mrs. Nineoma Rochas Okorochas
stated this when she led members of the forum on a courtesy call to
Governor Ayade at the Executive Chambers of the Governor’s Office,
Calabar on Friday.
The President of SGWF expressed happiness that governor Ayade’s
projects are people’s oriented, especially the Garment factory that
targets the empowerment and welfare of women and children, besides
such noble projects as the ultra-modern rice mill, cocoa factory, the
super highway and the Bakassi deep seaport, among others, stressing
further that Ayade is in a hurry to provide democratic dividends that
will impact positively on Cross Riverians.
Mrs. Okorocha who thanked Senator Ayade for granting them audience,
disclosed that they were in the state for the last meeting of the
forum for the last quarter of the years, and that the forum which
comprises of wives of the governors of the South-South, South-East and
south-West is committed to building bridges, development and
understanding across the said geopolitical zones.
The SGWF President explained that the forum was instituted under the
directive of the amiable wife of President Mohammadu Buhari, Mrs.
Aisha Buhari to bring together wives of the governors’ in Nigeria and
those from the Southern states in particular, and that the focus of
the forum is the empowerment of women and children and appealed for
support from Governor Ayade and his colleagues and brothers of the
Southern Governors forum.
In his response, the Governor of Cross River, Senator Ben Ayade
expressed appreciation to the Southern Governors Wives Forum for
choosing Calabar to host the last meeting of the forum for 2017, and
disclosed that in Cross River, the people understand the strategic
role of women and need for the empowerment of women for the good of
Ayade said that the various projects being undertaken by his
administration have direct bearing and positive impact on the people,
especially the garment factory which employs 98 percent women and
widows in particular as its employees, stressing that the women forum
which is a social platform for integration and development of the
southern states of Nigeria has been consistent in holding its
meetings, thereby complimenting the men’s forum.
The Cross River Governor who said that Africa need to move forward,
explained that black is no longer issue of colour but an attitude, and
that his administration is doing everything to ensure that the people
of the state to imbibe the spirit of enterprise and dream higher,
adding, he charged the SGWF members to take time off their crowed
schedules to visit the garment factory and other scenic places in
In her opening remarks, the wife of the Governor of Cross River and
Chief host, Dr. Mrs. Linda Ayade, said that she was chose to host the
last meeting of the forum in 2017, and that the essence of the visit
was to tell the governor the purpose of their being in Cross River