By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
As the Ministry of Information and Orientation, under the able leadership of the Commissioner for Information, Mrs. RoseMary Archibong, takes the policies and programmmes of the Ayade-led administration to the three senatorial districts in the state, the people are beginning to accept and applaud the vision and dreams of the governor.
First, it happened in the Central Senatorial District, where the maiden interactive session under the programme “The Conversation” in Calabar to sensitise the people on the policies and programmmes of this administration.
It was an opportunity for the people to X-ray the programmes and policies of government as it affects. their Senatorial district.
Stakeholders from the Central were full of commendation to the Ayade led administration especially on the establishment of the Rice Seedling Factory amongst others.
They had appealed to the governor to be more focussed in providing establishing more industries across the three senatorial districts than face distractors.
Given this healthy development, the Ministry decided to move its opinion polls down to the central senatorial district.
Right there at the Ikom Local Government Secretariat, was a hall filled to the bream by stakeholders from different local government areas that make up the district waiting patiently for the Commissioner for Information and her entourage to kick start the interactive session.
Declaring the function open, Archibong, who apologised for keeping the stakeholders waiting, said that the program was designed to create awareness among the people on what government is doing.
She told the stakeholders that the mission and the direction of state government is geared towards industrialisation of the state.
This she added is evident in the establishment of the Cross River State toothpick factory at Ekori in Yakurr Local Government Area and the multi million Naira first ever Cocoa Processing Industry in Ikom Local Government Arrea.
She said it is the vision of the state government to industrialise Cross River State.
Archibong also told the stakeholders that the governor who is God fearing had brought governance to the doorsteps of over 4,000 appointees which had never happened in the history of the state.
The establishment of the cottage industries across the state will also offer employment opportunities to the people of the area and sued for support for the present government so as to do more
According to her, “what the governor does is to speak to the people and identify what their needs are and then provide same in their area”.
She spoke on a number of projects which are beneficiary to the people of the state such as the AyadeCare,, reference hospitals in each of the three senatorial districts among others
Government, she added, “is committed to take Cross River State to the eldorado. It is committed in ensuring that its citizenry benefits from the dividends of democracy”.
Speaking, the Special Adviser to throw governor on Cocoa matters, Dr. Oscar Ofuka, commended the governor for establishing the Cocoa Processing Industry in Ikom after several years of yearnings by the people of the Central Senatorial District.
According to him, “over 1000 indigenes will be employed as soon as the Industry is commissioned”.
He said that all the equipment have arrived while the installation shall commence before the end of September 2018.
The state government has already acquired 300,000 hectares of land to plant Cocoa in the district, adding “we are moving into Cocoa Revolution in the state with the assistance of our able and digital governor, Senator Ben Ayade”.
In his remarks, Mohammad Rafiq Nasry of the (UNHCR), lauded the people oriented policies and programmmes of governor Ayade
Specially, he said, “the support we have received from the government in respect of the over 26,000 refugees from Cameroon who are in Nigeria nay Cross River State is overwhelming”.
He called on the people of the state to rally round this administration so that it will continue in the provision of the dividends of democracy.
Earlier, the representatives of the Hausa, Ibo and Yoruba were present to grace the occasion.
The Paramount Ruler of Ikom, His Royal Highness, Ntol Dr. Ntui Emang.Peter Njuleku, also in attendance with his chiefs prayed that God should guide and protect the leaders for remembering the people of the central in terms of establishing the Cocoa industry in Ikom.