The Governorship Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Cross River State, Mr. Eyo Ekpo, has challenged the Cross River State Government to publish its audited accounts under this administration and let Cross Riverians see the true position of the State’s finances.
The former Attorney-General of the State said this in response to reports that the Cross River State Government under Ayade has not borrowed a dime since it assumed office and that the news making the rounds to the contrary are ‘fake news’.
In his words, “Suffice for me to say that a Government that cannot publish coherent budgets (and their sectoral breakdowns) consistently, that plucks figures from the air and makes policy out of such phantoms, that is incapable to hold constitutionally-mandated Executive Council meetings for the regular coordination of government business, cannot deliver budget performance reports and cannot publish audited public accounts is the very definition of a Black Hole.”
Ekpo added that “The answer is not to abuse me. It is simply to publish the accounts of Cross River State Government from 29th May 2015 to 31st December 2017 and the unaudited accounts of the year to date. Surely, this is easy for any digital Governmentto do. In the words of Dr. Michael Okpara, Premier of the Eastern Region: First time no be fool. Second time na proper foolish.
Ekpo concluded by stating that what he presents is a credible and viable alternative where the government will not be run like a cult with government spending and earnings only known to the Ben Ayade and his ‘co-governor’, Frank Ayade, as is the case now.