Over the years, I have heard the good, the bad and the ugly about the Ayade government. People feel the need to jump on the band wagon criticizing the Government (it’s a new hype way of showing social awareness). I must point out that any and every government must welcome criticism. This is an important form of check and balance that allows people the option of giving an input in the running of their government…We the administrators are simply the custodians of these institutions…servants at best!
However in the last few days, I have seen an on slot of just pure negative and fact-less slander being peddled by many interest groups.
The most recent is the purported letter by High Chief Edem Duke. Pardon me at this point to emphasize that I am what you call a properly groomed Efik Son. As such I will pick my words with caution, least I invoke anger and speak things that will most likely be seen as insults to those older than I.
That cleared; let me state the reasons why Ayade has performed exceedingly well.
The ironic truth is that when people make trivial the payment of Salaries it shows their lack of understanding of how an economy works, that of a relatively provincial state. The multiplier effect of regular and timely payment of salaries enables commerce and spurs economic activity in a state like Cross River. At the most basic terms it’s the injection of approximately N5,000,000,000 (both state & LG wage bill) every 25th of the month through approximately 45,000 households. The lack of understanding of this shows the feeble mind of the writers and the urgency not to allow them at the helm of governance or the economy.
Cross River State net statutory monthly allocation from the Federation is approximately 50% of it’s monthly recurrent obligations, this is a known fact. Burdened with debt repayments and coupled with the loss of the oil wells. (Where was the author of the letter when CRS gifted Akwa-Ibom with our oil wells? Where was his paper and pen when we handed out our commonwealth on a platter of gold?)
Cross River State now currently receives the second lowest net allocation, much lower than states like Ebonyi, Benue, Kogi etc. These are states owing a backlog of Salaries and pensions, where it is on record that civil servants have committed suicide as they can no longer provide for their family. When you trivialize Salary Payment it shows the utter lack of understanding and disconnect the naysayers have from the common man.
HUMAN CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT:
The young people in the south are unapologetic about our support for Sen. Ayade as this is the first government to give key and sensitive positions to young people. Commissioners of Finance, Health, Solid Mineral, Transportation, Petroleum and Tourism are young people and from the South.
Also the Director General s of Signage and Advertisement, Investment and promotion, and New City etc, as well as the Special Advisers on Sports are young people from the southern senatorial district.
This list goes on and on. These people who have shown capacity and are working day and night to plot their various keep to great highs, not minding the economic conditions that prevail within the state.
Now that i have listed the human capital and political growth that has precipitated in the last 3 years, let me move on to the bane of any government. JOBS, JOBS AND MORE JOBS! Ayade has expanded governance by increasing the number of appointees from 98 to 3,000, mostly young energetic men and women who in the past were merely used to achieve political goals and then dumped until the next election cycle. Ayade has employed, trained and giving these people a sense of purpose & belonging. This is the most invaluable asset you can give to any human being. The truth is Gov. Ayade has decided to try something different. This, in truth is the only way to change the lot of our people. The world has changed and the things that secured progress and development have changed along with the world. Gov Duke and Gov Imoke were men of great understanding. They each knew the challenges facing their governments were unique and begged for unique solutions, thus the explored innovating and creative ways of solving those issues. Gov Ayade is well within his right to explore this same path. After All, doing the same thing over and over, and looking for a different result is the true definition of folly. Isn’t it? In any case, who is afraid of real change? Real progressive change!
1) Garment factory is built and working. I know many YOUNG people who work there. This can be easily verified.
2) The rice seedling plant. This project is personal, because i led the delegation to inspect and train the local operators that will manage the process after the equipments have been successful installed and a reasonable level of comfort has been attained to necessitate exit of our foreign partners. This will generate not just immediate JOBS, but long skill acquisition that gives our people an edge in a specialized sector, that will spur growth in the country. Of course this aids as we look inwards to self sufficiency in rice production.
3) The pharmaceutical company building is completed and the various machineries have been imported and can be confirmed at a local warehouse within the municipal. The installation and training is being worked out and the first phase is winding down.
4) The banana plantation in odukpani gives one an Interesting insight into the developmental trajectory of this Government
5) The Power plant that is at 80% completion in Calabar Municipal will serve as an alternative to the failed poor national supply.
6) After years of contracts and announcements about the dredging of the Calabar River, this administration has in 3 years secured the first steps needed for the building of a new port that will allow us rival and create a new sector in the state and region. It is good to note that our neighbors in Akwa Ibom, having chased this same dream for 16 years, are not further than we are. We have moved much further in 3 years than they have in 16 years.
7) Who can forget the debates about who was responsible for the dualization of the Odukpani road. After much ado about nothing, it has come to light that the project belongs to the Cross River State government. Dualization of that road will not only reduce traffic inflow into the state capital, but will increase commerce along the road and produce much needed jobs for our teaming young people.
8) The Calabar Creative Hub is a project located in the heart of Calabar municipal. It gives young people an opportunity to walk into the Hub with raw ideas and create real products and services that allow the state measure up and develop its young people. Giving them an opportunity to compete with their peers worldwide. A much needed boost in ICT and constant innovating product development at a cost next to nothing.
9) The mapping of solid mineral deposit across the state, starting in Akampa is revealing the incredible amount of natural resources available in the state. This when properly managed, will also boost development and earnings that can be used to build sustainable social safety nets for the less privileged in our society and again provide high paying jobs for the young people.
Social Housing project in Bakassi, Rural roads in Odukpani, Biase, Akpabuyo, etc., Haulage City, All these projects are in the southern senatorial district…All of them!
For fear of making this piece too long and unreadable. Let me stop here and address another important issue that for me is totally unfounded, preposterous and frankly tasteless.
I read with horror, the use of the word charlatans to describe great southern leaders. As a young man, this insulted my sensibility and my understanding that one must always protect and preserve the labour of our heroes past. These names so precariously castigated present me with a new sense of offence to my generation.
These are the people who have carefully opened the doors of politics and economic empowerment to my generation. I feel a certain need to reciprocate these demeaning comments, but as aforementioned, I am from a home and I must keep to the teaching that has kept me out of such mudslinging.
Where were you when we were the whipping boy of NDDC?
Where were you when we lost Bakassi?
Where were you when we lost our oil wells to Akwa Ibom?
Where were you when we were owing 3 months’ salary?
Where were you when the Dredging of the Calabar port was a recurrent scam?
You can visit www.ayadeisworking.com (it is not a physical place by the way. Just type it in your web browser sir)
Fighting ourselves instead of fighting for the people, is a selfish ambition. The writer’s identity is known (you can’t hide that kind of bile hatred). Your time has passed, many from your generation have failed us with these tepid approach to life and living. There is nothing to be gained by thinking small and we will not pawn our future for empty dreams. You had your opportunity to make a difference, didn’t you?. This write up is another prelude of a selfish old Man’s ambition to run for Governor. We are now talking about a country where the president cannot be older than 55years and you want to run for Governor? This will not see the light of day.
It is clear to see that the writer belongs to the school of thought that they own cross river state, well they don’t and it is offensive to think that they own any group of people, Progress and retrogressive. The “writer” cannot be less than 55, and wants to mortgage the future…We are much wiser now.
The south has brokered an agreement with Ayade for a return of power to the South in 2023, we have demanded it and he has obliged. Period!
All the people you have listed had impeccable records from Donald Duke who is being supported by the progressive of this country to run for president or Chief Asuquo Ekpenyong, a proven businessman who’s integrity is not in question. The likes of Nkoyo Toyo have broken bounds that most can only dream about internationally and locally. Every single person you so easily lumped with distasteful language have achieved more for cross river and the southern senatorial district individually and combined than dreamed…fact.
For Asuquo Ekpeyong Jr., I for one am a product of Kings College, his alma mater and I can tell you without a doubt that we don’t do mediocrity. The true writer intends to insult our collective sensibilities by implying that the young commissioner for finance who had a nightclub at the age of 23 is a disco boy. This shows the archaic thinking of the old man. The young man is Harvard University trained, has started and flourished several businesses as well as having lectured at the Banking and Finance Department of Unical from the age of 25. Anybody who has ever engaged with him is never in doubt as to his capacity or the content of his character.
It is easy to destroy. In fact, anyone can destroy, the trick is and will always be in building. I engender you to put away your negativity and try some constructive progressive criticising. It’s a breath of fresh air and it liberates beyond words.
Politics is about calculations and numbers, the southern senatorial district is united in our demand and we are clear about the needs of our people. I speak particularly as a young person, I have more to lose than you do and I am sure that Prof. Ayade is a sure bet.
The youths of the southern senatorial district are united and we support our leaders. We are thankful to the works of Gov Duke and Gov Imoke, they showed us that we matter. Gov Ayade has continued down that road of economic and political liberation, we will never give it up.
Before you stack on the dirty, I suggest you research my work and family history. I don’t trade in hypocrisy sir. Unlike, the author of the last piece, who hides behind the name of Chief Edem Duke, I am obliged to say my name is Stanley Okon Nsemo Livingstone…you can Google it (that means type it in the internet page called google)!
Stanley Nsemo is the Director General of Cross River State Signage and Advertisement Agency.