- Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River has responded to criticisms that he abandons his state to proceed on jamborees abroad
- The governor stated that his trips are in the best interest of his state; disclosing that his recent Asian trip would lead to the development of the state’s factories
- He stressed that his intervention into factories is important because societies need roads, ports and factories for growth
The Cross River state governor, Ben Ayade, has stated that his foreign trips are not self-serving, but in the state’s best interest, Daily Trust reports.
Ayade made the comment at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar, after arriving from a nearly one month trip to Asia.
NAIJ.com notes that he made the comment in response to insinuations that he usually abandons his state for jamboree trips.
According to the governor, his Asian trip would serve Cross River well as modalities had been put on ground to ensure that the factories currently at various stages of construction across the state become operational soon.
He stated: “Every trip I have made is for the interest of Cross River. If I need to go on a holiday, I will not choose Asia; you don’t go to Asia for a holiday; you go to Asia for business.
“Cross River will witness the change I have always sought, and against that background, our factories will start running soon."
Ayade added that he visited India concerning the state’s 21 megawatts power project. He said: “I brought back an Indian team with me, and so in a couple of weeks, they will be doing the test run.
“For any society to grow, its roads, ports and factories remain very critical, hence my intervention on factories which is a co-agendum that I drive, creating an opportunity for us to become manufacturers and producers so that we can underpin our tourism on hard work as the foundation of deliberate income for young people."
NAIJ.com previously reported that the absence of Governor Ben Ayade for about 30 days had resulted in the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) raising questions and accusing the House of Assembly of turning a blind eye.
But the Cross River state Government maintained that the governor travelled to China and India in the hopes of attracting investments and businesses to the state.
Mens Ikpeme, the publicity secretary of the APC in the state, while alleging that the governor travelled for a private jamboree, accused the state legislature of failing to perform its duty of calling the executive to order.
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