OPINION: NO MORE “FOOD ON THE TABLE,” WILL BE REPLACED WITH “EMPOWERMENT AND TRAINING.”

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By: UGOJI NWABUEZE Esq, (ODENIGBO).

Former SSA to Ayade on Non-Indigene Affairs.

 

…NO MORE “FOOD ON THE TABLE,”

…WILL BE REPLACED WITH “EMPOWERMENT AND TRAINING” 

SENATOR (PRINCE) BASSEY EDET OTU.

 

After the emergence of Senator Prince Bassey Edet Otu as the Governor of Cross River State under the All Progressives Congress (APC) I can swear that every party member, old or new looks forward to being offered one appointment or the other by the Governor or any in such authority.

 

To get the appointment, many do not want to rely on capacity, educational qualification or service delivery. They want to rely on lobby groups through god fathers, Church leaders and others. We even heard that some had gone deeper.

 

They want sustenance of “FOOD ON THE TABLE,” as it were in the previous regime.

They forgot that worst attacks in terms of criticisms on the previous regime centred on “FOOD ON THE TABLE” The opposition had accused the former Governor Ben Ayade of appointing thousands of Cross Riverians with various portfolios with no working environment and facilities that can challenge their inputs in state development.

 

They said it was wasteful of scarce resources of the state funds on thousands of appointees who had to draw salaries for 8 years without making one single inputs to state development.

 

True! Ayade believed that his pet project was one that truly cushioned hunger in the state and curtailed youths restiveness.

 

Ayade worked passionately hard to the realisation of “FOOD ON THE TABLE.” He pursued with religious zeal and tenacity provision of pedestals that can provide food on the table for citizens such as Food Bank, Agricultural industries that engaged the youths and constant payment of workers salaries and that of numerous appointees whose salaries were paid promptly till the last month of his departure. It was kudos to Ayade.

 

Senator (Prince) Bassey Edet Otu, during his inaugural speech as Governor indicated his desire to continue with “FOOD ON THE TABLE,” through Empowerment and Training. So instead of looking for thousands of appointments be ready for life changing empowerments and trainings.

 

Otu’s pedigree while in the Senate, show that his empowerment reflects his immense generosity and large heart. His empowerments have unarguably been inestimable, life changing, sustaining and memorable. If Otu did that as Senator with limited resources and jurisdiction, how much more now as Governor. The season of sweetness certainly is here.

 

This article appeals to Senator (Prince) Bassey Edet Otu to make Calabar South Local Government Area come early into the picture of his development Agenda by transferring the West Africa Fabrication Centre currently in Municipality to Calabar South Local Government Area as operational base.

 

The area is densely populated with youths that needs rehabilitation, empowerment and training. We appeal to our National and State Assembly members to support Otu in this giant strides that can permanently change the narratives of the state through attraction of adequate constituency projects.

Amawu Cletus Albert Amawu

I'm a Journalist, Host/Producer of The Verdict, your voice of conscience on FAD FM 93.1, Calabar, Public Affairs Commentator, Social Change Agent.

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