Cross River State citizens have challenged the governor, Prof Ben Ayade to ensure quality service delivery as he gets ready for a second term in office.
A cross section of the citizens who spoke with TNN said the governor would do the state a lot of good by turning things around during his second coming.
A former chairman of the PDP, Elder Ntufam Okon said”we expect the state governor to consolidate on what he has done in the areas of industries and equipping them for more employment opportunities for all.
“The super highway and the deep seaport are very capital intensive projects as evacuating corridor up to Chad and other parts of Central Africa. We are praying that he should complete these projects to bring Cross River to limelight.”
Similarly, Eyo Ekpo, governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party( SDP) who ran against Ayade in the 9th March polls said “ I will look to the future and join to pray that Governor Ben Ayade's second term would be much better than the first; so that sooner, our beloved state shall be firmly placed once again on the path of steady growth and development in the atmosphere of high quality governance and well secured , lasting peace”.
A shop owner in the popular Bedwell Street in Calabar simply identified as Nnaemeka, while chatting with TNN correspondent said he expected the governor to focus more on critical infrastructure, enhance security and ease of doing business in the state be prioritized.
“I expect him to ensure the completion of his signature projects. I am optimistic that he will create an enabling environment that would ensure our business is conducted with ease in the state”, he said.
A final year student of Educational Foundation and Administration, Cross River University of Technology, Blessing Njar pleaded with the state governor to increase funding for education across the state as she eulogized the governor for the recent teachers recruitment in primary and secondary schools.
“It is noteworthy that the governor is paying attention to education in the secondary and primary levels with the recent recruitment of teachers. I must commend the governor for finding courage to improve the quality of education.
“I expect him to replicate that gesture in tertiary institutions in the state in order to continually drive the institutions to churn out graduates capable of competing with their peers around the world”.
Mrs Egbe Naomi, a civil servant in one of the ministries, noted that she expected the governor with the magic wand of prompt payment of salaries to continue in his onerous task of making sure state workers kept smiling .
“The governor has been maintaining a cordial relationship with workers by ensuring prompt payment of salaries on or before 26th of every month. I implore him to continue this trend in his second tenure because we would give him maximum co-operation to drive the state forward.”