Ahead of the 2019 governorship elections in the state, Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State says he is not worried about the governorship elections in the state
“Having employed over thousands of aids in my cabinet, employed over one thousand in the garment factory, provided jobs for the unemployed widows and youths, provided a platform for political stability in the state with his philosophy of politics of ethics, I see no rival ahead of 2019”, he was quoted to have said.
The governor gave the hint on Wednesday at the exco chamber of the governor’s office in Calabar while speaking to Journalists in a media chart. “I rather lose the election than to smear my name. What is government all about because government comes and goes but my name remains”, he stated.
Ayade said he came into office at the height of deep economic recession in the Country which was difficult time for most state governments but that he was been able to keep faith with his promised. “Even under recession the state workforce has never known salary challenges, even with a huge debt burden, I have been able to decouple the state from a civil service state to an industrial hub within three years in office”.
The governor stated that tourism is good but cannot help the state at this point because the purchasing power of the people is low. “We need to support tourism with industrialization which my administration is pursuing vigorously such as the garment industry, pharmaceutical industry, rice seedling factory, cocoa factory, tooth pick factory among others”.
According to Ayade, big things happen with big ideas; stressing that he has a road map for the industrial take-off of the state in the shortest possible time.