Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has expanded the State Executive Council from 13 to 28 members.
Inaugurating the Executive Members six months after his assumption into office at the Executives Chambers in Calabar, the state’s capital on Saturday, the Governor charged them on the need to be creative and dedicated to the task of improving indigenes of the state.
Governor Ayade said that his administration remained committed to zero tolerance on corruption, accountability and presenting a prosperous economy at the end of his administration.
He charged the new intakes to take the opportunity given to them to serve as a sacred one bearing in mind that history would beckon on them on their legacies years after.
Speaking on behalf of the newly inaugurated, the Youths and Sports Commissioner, Asu-Okang, assured the Governor of total commitment to assigned responsibilities.
The Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has reiterated the desire for his administration to finish strong, hence the need to engage fresh brains to steer the affairs of the State.
Governor Oshiomhole shared this view during the swearing-in ceremony of two new Commissioners into his cabinet at the Exco Chambers, Government House in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
The new members of cabinet are Tom Uloko, for Ministry of Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs and Gideon Obhakhan, for the Ministry of Education.
Governor Oshiomhole, earlier in the week, suspended four local government chairmen.
The allegations against them include non-payment of staff salaries without satisfactory explanations, inability to account for Internally Generated Revenue, diversion of funds, failure to follow due process in the award of contracts as well as illegal employment of senior officers without going through Local Government Service Commission, which is a violation of laid-down provisions.
The Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has received with a cheerful heart, the request by the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) to establish the south-south region of the College of Accounting in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
The Governor, who pledged his administration’s resolve towards the success of the establishment in the state, was reacting to an earlier request by the President of the Association, Anthony Chukwuemeka Nzom, when he led a delegation of its national leadership to the Governor’s Office on a courtesy call at the EXCO Chambers in Calabar.
Laying emphasis on the importance of the institution to the nation at large, Ayade challenged the association to attack corruption and condemn it in its entirety by making sure that accountants are people with ethics, knowledge and integrity.
The President of ANAN said that the Association was established in 1979 and is recognized as the number two professional Accounting body in Africa by the Pan-African Federation of Accountants, which is the continent’s body for professional accountants.
Mr. Nzom told the Governor that the establishment of the institution in the state became imperative, following its serenity and less congestion which is conducive for learning without external distractions.
The body sued for the cooperation of the Ayade-led government towards the successful establishment of the institution, in order to afford its intending students the opportunity to access education within the south-south region.
The Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has signed a bill into law that puts a death penalty on convicted kidnappers in the state.
Also signed into law at the Exco Chambers in Calabar, the state’s capital, on Tuesday, was the Social Housing Law, which makes housing for the vulnerable, a right.
The Governor had empowered the Kidnap Law to seize assets as well as freeze accounts belonging to convicted kidnappers and those who aid and abet kidnapping in the state.
Right To Housing
After signing the bills before the Speaker and members of the State House of Assembly, Governor Ayade spoke passionately on the danger awaiting anyone or group caught in the web of kidnapping. He said the state would no longer condone such criminality.
On the Social Housing Law, the Governor linked the high spate of corruption in the Civil Service to the inability of civil servants to provide housing for themselves with their meagre salaries.
“Various researches have proven that given the salaries of an average civil servant, if memos are not originated to get extra money, 80 per cent of civil servants will not be able to own their houses upon retirement,” the Governor explained.
Governor Ayade further added: “By the bill, housing in Cross River State is now a right to the citizenry and though it may not be justifiable at this point in time, but the government has created a legal stimulus to drive the structure that it can achieve housing for everybody. In the process, all mud and thatch houses in the State will be stamp out”.