By Richard Ndoma, Calabar
The Etsu Nupe and Niger State chairman of the Traditional Rulers’ Council Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar and the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, have commended Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade, for what they described as the industrialisation drive of his administration.
The two monarchs particularly applauded the existing cordiality between past and present governors in the state, saying it is a feat that is rare among many states.
“There is no doubt that the focus of the governor is how to turn Cross River’s economy around through rapid industrialisation. This is laudable as it shows where the state is headed in the next couple of years”, Etsu Nupe said.
The royal fathers were in Calabar to grace the book launch written by a son of the state.
Etsu Nupe said, “Since we arrived, we have seen a lot of peace in the state, a lot of understanding and a lot of zeal to develop.
“We also discovered that the governor, Prof Ben Ayade, has a good working team especially with his deputy, commissioners, former governors and we also believe that his people are happy with this development.
“This feat in the state is rare among many states in the country and we pray Almighty God to continue to sustain this in the life of the governor and the entire state in spite of challenges.”
Abubakar, who on arrival to the state earlier paid visit to the Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu v, disclosed that issues bordering on sustainable peace, unity and understanding among Nigerians topped their chat.
“As the traditional institution, we observe things and offer advice where necessary. We also appreciate that in spite of people positions, they listen to us”, Etsu Nupe said.
On his part, Oba Akambi said, “This is the first time two professors are piloting the affairs of a state as governor and deputy governor and above all understanding themselves with governance moving smoothly.”
Responding, Cross River governor, Prof Ben Ayade said, “I am happy you all took note of these for this is the only existing state that the sitting and former governors are five and six.”
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