Ayade, first governor from Cross River North, to be initiated into Age Grade in Ogoja


Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River is to be specially initiated into the Age Grade in Cross River North comprising six local council areas. The event is billed to be a cultural festival in Ogoja.

This is because the people of the geo-political zone have not produced a governor since the creation of the state and said they have been struggling to achieve that feat for over 30 years.

The Special Adviser to Gov Ayade on Politics, A.Ojie, said the governor would be treated to a grand reception on February 24, 2018.  

Ojie said the governor would undergo the initiation at the Ogoja Council grounds, pointing out that the people of the northern senatorial district have chosen to accord the governor a special reception during the event.

The Political Adviser to the governor, who is the chairman of the of publicity committee for the event, said apart from the initiation of the governor, other activities during the event will include cultural festival and a carnival like parade by all the six local government areas in the northern senatorial district.


“This reception will be chaired by retired General Anthony Ukpo,” he said.

He said; “We organized a reception for. Donald Duke when he was the governor of the state.  We also organized a reception for Liyel Imoke.  We have never had a governor from the northern part of the state and now that have one, we have to receive him the way we have always received others”.


Ojie, who was flanked by members of the publicity committee, said prominent sons of the area, including  Joseph Wayas, Kanu Agabi (SAN),and Nicholas Damachi, among others, have been invited to grace the occasion, promising that the occasion would be used to unite the people of the area.


Answering a question from Journalists on whether the zone was satisfied with the performance of the governor in the last three years, Ojie said; “The reception has nothing to do with performance.  If you have a son and you fail to acknowledge him, you will not do well.”