About six thousand Cross River youths are to benefit from the state social intervention scheme initiated by the governor of the state as one of the measures to kick poverty troubling the lives of so many youths out of the state.
Governor Ben Ayade made the announcement at two separate events tagged: grand reception, organized in his honour by stakeholders of his senatorial district in Ogoja Local Government of Cross River State (headquarters his senatorial districts)
The governor stated that the creation of 6, 000 new jobs for indigenes in the central and northern senatorial districts of the state will help in reducing the level of poverty among youths.
Stakeholders of both senatorial districts charged the governor to without delay seek re-election in 2019, citing job creations, prompt payment of salaries, ongoing construction of cocoa processing factory at Ikom and rice mill at Ogoja, completion of Garment Factory in Calabar, among other projects as his achievements.
Ayade who was being gven a rousing welcome by the people of his senatorial district by the mammoth crowd at the Ogoja township stadium a situation that made it very difficult for security agencies who were at the event to control the crowd because of the population density of about 4000 individuals who had come from far and near to grace the ceremony.
The academic don turned politician, who acknowledged that the crowd was huge, stressed that it was the first time the people from the northern senatorial district would be gathering in that number.
“This is the first time that the people from the northern senatorial district are gathering in this huge number for one purpose. I feel touched by this act. Ayade said.
In his words the governor said,”I want to announce the creation of 3, 000 new jobs for unemployed youths in the northern senatorial district. I have also announced the same number of jobs for unemployed youths in the central senatorial districts.
“The heads of local government administrations in the various local government areas are to compile the lists of the unemployed youths, especially those of you that have come to honour me.”
Earlier, Chairman for the Central Planning Committee for stakeholders in the northern district, Mr Idi Yakubu, called on the governor to with no further delay seek another term in office to enable him complete the various programs and projects initiated by his administration.
Speaking also at the grand reception ceremony, chairman for the event, Brig.-Gen. Anthony Ukpo (retd), maintained that as the first governor from the northern senatorial district it was pertinent for the governor to do his two terms stressing that Ayade’s goodwill had endeared him to not only the people of the senatorial district but also to the people of Cross River State.
In his good will message Representative of the Bekwarra stakeholders, Mr. Emma Enamhe, averred that nobody could fault the strides made by Governor Ben Ayade’s led administration since he assumed the office as governor of the state in May 2015.
Also speaking at the event, member of the Board of Trustees of the Ayade Ethical Group, Mr. John Abuo, called on Gov. Ben Ayade to focus in the empowerment of young people particularly in his senatorial district so as to reduce unemployment to it barest minimum.
Ayade who earlier addressed the people of the central senatorial district at the Ikom township stadium where thousands of his supporters and stakeholders of the central senatorial district had also organized a reception ceremony to honor the governor, Chairman for the occasion and the event/ ex-milad of Bayelsa State, Col Pam Ogar, (retd.) eulogized the governor on the giant strides made since he came on board and charge the governor to seek for re-election.
Ogar said, “We give you our prayers, accept this endorsement willingly, we are following and watching you to go beyond and do brilliantly well all the pencilled programmes and projects you have enumerated.”
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