Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, yesterday boasted that more marriages took place in the state since his assumption of office in 2015, dismissing fears being expressed over his re-election in 2019 general elections.
“There has been sociological promotion since I came on board as governor,” he said.
Ayade urged the people to go down memory lane and count the number of marriages that had taken place since assumption of office as governor of the state in 2015 stressing that the number of marriages that have taken place outweigh those that took place in the last 15 years.
Ayade made the remark while fielding questions from journalists in a media parley in Calabar. The governor also stressed that over 6,000 Cross Riverians whom he had given appointments are enough reason for him to be re-elected for second term as governor.
“I play politics with ethics and values my father’s name,” he said. He stressed that that was the reason why he works very hard to ensure that he succeeds in his entire endeavour.
“If you ask me if am worried about my re-election, I will tell you I have no elections at all,” he added.
He said that winning election for second term, as governor would not be a herculean task given the fact that he had tremendously performed as a governor in his first term.
The governor while giving reasons why the task of winning the reelection would be an easy one said that on assumption of office in 2015, he upgraded 33 civil servants to become permanent secretaries.
“I have created 33 permanent secretaries. Casual workers from Department of Public Transportation DOPT have been regularised,” he said.
“If you are a Cross Riverian who is willing to start an industry, please go to industrial park and take a land at the industrial park and start your industry, unfortunately no Cross Riverian has approached me for that,” he added.
Ayade stated that as a governor he pays workers salaries on regular basis notwithstanding the lean resources of the state.
He said that the only people who had approached him for a parcel of land are the Igbos and Chinese people.
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