Edem Edem, Calabar
Governor Benedict Ayade of Cross River State has approved the introduction of Green Police in the state. The Green Police is to be under the State Ministry of Environment to orientate, maintain and enforce environment cleanliness, refuse collection, ensure survival of Green Areas and trees.
Ayade gave the approval at an interactive close executive meeting with Permanent Secretaries in the state. Furthermore, the Governor ordered that refuse collection within the metropolis be carried out from 11pm daily and not during busy hours of the day. He reversed the decision of his predecessor; Senator Liyel Imoke over the weekly executive council meeting.
The state under Senator Liyel Imoke had been holding state executive council meeting every Wednesday of the week but Professor Ayade demised such decision and ordered that EXCO meeting will henceforth be held once a month except for emergency situations.Consequently, Professor Ayade upturned the decision of Imoke as its concerns the state anti deforestation task force on illegal logging.
A Press release made available to our correspondent and signed by permanent secretary ministry of Information, Freedom Ejom stated, “Government has in addition approved the disbandment of the state task force on illegal logging in the state while all offenders are to be fully prosecuted without delay.” On delay in payment of workers ‘salaries, the Governor Ayade ordered that government will make efforts to pay workers’ salaries from the 25th of each month from Internally Generated Revenue with effect from June 2015.
“Henceforth, all attendance registers in all government offices are to be closed by 8am daily (Monday to Friday) to check late comers while all civil and public servants that were late to work on Monday, June 1, 2015 have been pardoned.” “All buildings within the Calabar Metropolis that are located on flood plains and without approvals are to be relocated or forcefully demolished.
Calabar channel 1 and 11 as well as other underground drainages are to be made more functional with immediate effect to checkmate the recent increasing volume of rainfall in the state capital” the release added and on strike action embarked upon by Judiciary staff union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Governor Ayade directed the immediate commencement of meaningful dialogue with the leadership of the Union with a view to amicably resolve the impasse and the strike called off as soon as possible.