By: Comrade Asu Okang.
On behalf of the Government and good People of Cross River State,I rejoice with all Nigerians on our attainment of Sixty (60) years of nationhood as an independent Country.
The labours of our heros past are indeed not in vain.For Sixty years,we have continued to remain one united,indivisible entity in spite of our various differences and myriads of challenges.This is indeed a huge plus for us as a Nation and as a people.
We also join our voices to congratulate our past and present leaders,that have led our dear nation creditably and defended our polity as well as unity till date.
As a Ministry,I wish to restate our huge commitment to delivering on our mandate,promoting our ¹values,ethics and our corporate existence of nationhood.Our unflinching disposition to the realization of the aspirations of the present administration of Governor Ben Ayade,, remains unwavering.
Since coming on board in May 2015,Governor Ayade has demonstrated huge commitment,as a people oriented leader,to deliver on good governance. There has been an unprecedented expansion of Government to accommodate more citizens on the table,total industrialization drive and most importantly our commitment to prompt payment of salaries to workers in the overall interest of the people.
Our deliverables in the Industrial sector,some of which are fully completed include the CRS Garment Factory,Rice Seeds&Seeding Multiplication Centre,CRS Pharmaceutical Company,Cross River Paradise ToothPick Factory in Ekori,,Cocoa Processing Factory in Ikom,Rice Mill in Ogoja,Piles and Pylon factory in Awi,Akamkpa,Roofing and concrete blocks moulding in Okuku,Yala,the Calabar Noddles industry,Calabar Chicken Processing factory,the West African Welding&Fabrication Centre,Calabar,amongst others.
In the education Sector,Governor Ayade is building a world class British-Canadian International School,Obudu,the West African Teacher’s Training Institute,Akpet Central,Biase,the upgrading of facilities at the Institute of Technology and Management,Ugep,Construction of buildings and renovation over 2000 Primary School blocks,including toilet and water facilities under the State-UBEC counterpart funded programme.
On Road infrastructure,the over 167 Kilometers Mfom-Okpoma-Okuku-Abuochichi-
Obudu-Obanliku Highway,Boki East–West Road ,the 370 km Super Highway and the 210km Yahe-Ebo-Wanokom- Wanikade-Wanihem-Benue border road are at various stages of completion.
We are not unaware of the considerable difficulties faced by citizens owing to state of our internal roads and therefore remain committed to the total resurfacing of all Urban Roads across the state by the end of the rainy season.
The Digital Governor Ayade is also embarking on the massive development of the CalaVegas Leisure Resort,the Obudu International Cargo Airport,the Bakassi Deep Sea Port,which is expected to link the State to Northern States of Nigeria as an evacuation corridor which we are committed to completion regardless of our dwindling financial fortunes.
As we reflect on this special day in the political annals of our Country,I wish to quickly place on record the call by Governor Ayade for South South Economic Integration.This is the road map towards the total emancipation of the region for better alignment and devepment.
Once again,congratulation to all Nigerians on this auspicious commemoration of our Nation’s Diamond Jubilee Independence anniversary while looking positively into the future with high hope for a better Nigeria.
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Long live Cross River State
Long live the Ministry of Information&Orientation
Comrade Asu Okang,fcai
Hon.Commissioner for Information&Qrientation