Godwin AJOM, Calabar
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ntufam Mba Ukweni has lamented the continued decay I virtually all sectors of the Cross River State economy and has accused the governor, Prof Ben Ayade of destroying the integrity of the state.
Ukweni who said this in an interview with TNN in Calabar said the state would require a cool headed person to succeed Ayade in 2023.
“The only person that can mount that government now is someone who is cool headed. By cool headed I mean somebody who will be ready to put his head down and listen, someone who will be ready to clean the mess that Cross River has been brought into.
“Cross River is in a mess, Cross River has been drawn far backward. So it must be somebody who is willing and cool headed that should occupy the governor’s office in 2023. And as the polity is heating up, I have seen that candidate amongst those declaring interest, but I cannot make my position on this now, so that they won’t say I am taking sides.
“So Cross River State has hope, very big hope come 2023. If you say we don’t have hope are you saying there are no people in Cross River? There is hope of being cleaned from this mess, there is no administration in the state, both interns of social welfare, economically, socially and otherwise.
“Or is it about the food on the table or whatever you call it? Does that have any economic value? You keep healthy adults and you are feeding them and you call it social welfare? If those monies were used to create industries or good farms where you engage those citizens and they work to earn those monies, you see that it will have a better economic value.
“Look at the governor’s office, is there any administration going on there? Is there any sign of organization of anything? Nothing is happening. What about Tinapa? Talk of Marina resort, what about the Calabar Interpretational Conference Centre where he was sworn- in, is there anything happening there?
“So in 2023, we need someone who will bring back the state civil and public service and make the state as relevant as it used to be.”