The newly sworn-in governor of Cross River State, Senator Prince Bassey Otu is not able to move into the official residence of the governor and may not move into the place any time soon because of the delay by the immediate past governor, Prof Ben Ayade, to move out of the palatial facility.
TNN learnt that the governor may not have been prepared in good time to leave the official residence to enable the government get the place ready for the new occupant. Sources said the governor did not leave the place until 24 hours after his successor formally took over from him.
By Monday when the new governor had taken over, Ayade’s property in the Government House had not been fully moved out. It was learnt that he was there till May 30, an indication that he may not have been ready to quit.
As at Thursday, Otu was yet to move into his official residence. TNN learnt that renovation and cleaning of the facility only started a few days ago. It is not clear when the renovation will be completed for the governor to move in.
Inside sources told TNN that that even after renovation must have been completed, a special team of pastors would need to get into the place to pray, before the governor can move his family there.
The governor is operating from his personal residence for now. Even the governor’s office needs to be fixed before he can resume work from there.
The governor’s office had been in a terrible shape for a long time. Apart from the leaking roofs, the toilet facilities were also messed up. But Ayade did not bother about the rot, despite criticisms over the stinking office.