Edem Edem, Calabar
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River yesterday assumed duty at Government House, Calabar, promising to create 1,000 jobs in his first 100 days in office. Speaking with journalists in Calabar, the new governor also assured that the issue of waste management and disposal as well as regeneration of forests would be among the priorities of his administration.
He also warned that civil servants who failed to be at their duty posts by 8.10 a.m. daily would be sanctioned. “Our target is to create 500 to 1,000 jobs in the first 100 days. We will sanction errant civil servants who fail to be in their offices by 8.10 a.m. “ Issue of waste management and disposal, quick win industries, regeneration of forests, agriculture with a focus on rice, installation of processing plants will also be addressed.
“Similarly, Bakassi issue is one of the issues I will address in my first 100 days in office with a practical solution. “We have also resolved to construct a dual carriage access road from Calabar to Ikom, Ogoja and Obudu to move products from northern and southern parts of Nigeria to Calabar Port,’’ Ayade said.
\According to the governor, Calabar is in a position to be a sea port hub that can serve up to Niger Republic to create a huge economy that will have a ripple effect “to give jobs to our people’’. The governor also restated his administration’s resolve to build a state-owned seaport under the Public Private Partnership and the support of the Federal Government.