The Governor of Cross River State, Mr Ben Ayade, has met with the traditional rulers in the state to discuss how residents of the state can live peacefully.
Playing host to the traditional rulers led by their Chairman to the government house, in Calabar, Governor Ben Ayade, told the traditional institution to carry on the message of peaceful coexistence to their subjects.
He stated that they needed to talk to their people as the state government prepares for the commencement of its annual tourism programme.
According to Ayade, the meeting with the traditional rulers became imperative following the state’s desire to take security and peace in their domain seriously.
The Governor maintained that the state’s tourist image remains paramount.
He explained that the state received more visitors in Nigeria within the last quarter of the year due to its annual festivities such as, the Leboku New Yam Celebration, Obudu mountain race as well as Calabar Carnival and festival.
He urged the gathering to join in propagating the state as an investment hub for all classes of people.
Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has called on the Federal Government to present a new scheme and drive that would reconstruct the concept of basic education in Nigeria.
The Governor made the request when the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwuka, led stakeholders in the education sector on a visit to the government house in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital.
Ayade expressed concern about Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) funds being allegedly reduced to political patronage and basic day to day survival.
Decrying the fallen standards of education in the country, the Governor stated that it was high time the funds were used to design an academic programme that would create a new direction and future for the nation.
The Governor charged whoever superintends over UBEC funds to add value to education in the country and embrace the training and retraining of teachers while reconstructing the value of UBEC for the good of the people.
Professor Anwuka commended the Cross River State Government for keying into the vision and aspirations of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).
The Minister affirmed the ministry’s resolve to fashion out ways to boost the operations of UBEC and State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in the various states.
He said that they were determined to give a new lease of life to basic education in the country.
Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has said that plans are already in place by his administration for the establishment of a garment industry, cocoa processing plant, rice mill and modular refinery in the state.
Governor Ayade made this disclosure during a meeting with Heads of Commercial Banks and financial institutions operating in the state, at the Exco Chambers of the Governor’s Office in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
The Governor also noted that other investments to be established will be in the petroleum sector, pharmaceutical sector, marine transport, poultry and afforestation; all geared towards creating numerous job opportunities for unemployed youths in the state.
Ayade also enjoined the banks’ representatives to have a shift from solely managing the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and payment of workers’ salaries to identifying with any of the programmes of his administration and seeing to its actualization.
According to him, he expects banks to send in proposals on how they would key into the vision to ensure that the new town, which the state intends to build, no matter its size, beats other existing towns in the country.