By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
Stakeholders at the Audience Participatory Programme organised by the Cross River State Ministry of Information and Orientation, have said that though the economic blue print of the Ayade-led government is commendable, but sought for a healthy business environment and adequate security of lives and property.
These views were from members of the private sector, community representatives as well as the youth at “The Conversation” programme packaged be the Ministry of Information and Orientation.
They called for a concerted effort by government to protect the lives and property of those doing business in the state.
The issue of over taxation also took the centre stage of the discuss and it was agreed that there is need for government to review its policy on tax and other related matters.
“Any investor needs adequate security and protection of property”, the stakeholders added”.
In his views, one time commissioner for lands and Survey, Arch. Bassey Ndem, said “governance is a very complex issue.”
While commending the attempt by government to create an industrial base for the state, the benefits could stay up to 10 years before it could be realised.
According to him, “government has no business in building industries. This is the business of the private sector in a friendly business environment”.
Rather, he added, “governance is a continuous process and therefore must look inwards at all times in ensuring that it has taken the right decision and steps”.
He expressed disappointment with some section of the press that feed members of the public with wrong information and sued for redress.
Also in his remarks, Bishop Mike Ogon, another private sector business man, “condenmed the pull him down syndrome in the state and urged the people to support the Ayade led administration”.
Said he, “there is no perfect governance in the world. The direction of this government is political and humaninisic “.
The government, he said, understand its direction and as such people should allow it to succeed. He called for the setting up of Cooperatives in our various communities so as to fill the impact of government.
Welcoming the audience and the discussants, the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs.RoseMary Archibong, took time to enumerate the too numerous programmes and policies of governor Ben Ayade, saying ” he is a role model who knows what is good for his people”.
She described the administration of governor Ayade as been “unparallel in bridging the gap between the government and the governed”.
The Commissioner further described Ayade as the No 1 in terms of payment of salaries throughout the country.
According to her, the health sector, education, agriculture, industry to mention but a few have adequately been addressed.
She called for constructive criticism as well as prayers for this administration to succeed.
On the economic roadmap, the Economic Adviser, Dr. Francis Odey Ntamu, said the state has a 30 year Development Plan which is based on infrastructure, governance/institution and social development.
This, he said, seeks to create a platform for the populace.
Earlier, the Director General of Bureau for Public and Private partnership said ” Cross River state is the only state that runs a big deficit budget.”.
The economic policy of government, he added, rests on 9-pillars.
These include the Signature project, deep Seaport, Superhighway and Agriculture to mention but a few.
He said that the state had conluded a study which has discovered a huge hydro-carbon deposits in the state.
The programme was well attended by both private, public, community and youth organisations in the state.