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Gov-Elect Seeks Strong Ties Between States, FG

Edem Edem,Calabar

Cross River State Governor- elect Prof Ben Ayade has seeks for strong co-operation between the Federal and States Governments calling on the President-elect, Rtd. Gen Muhammadu Buhari to allow the development of the economy of all the States in the country rather than concentrating only on APC member states alone.

The governor elect made the call recently while interacting with Journalists in Calabar. He said that part of the economic activities he promised to engage upon includes, engaging companies to revamp the state economic sector namely mining, gas exploration, forest regeneration, agriculture, tourism, taxation, sports, etc. Hear him, “General Buhari has a challenge.

The world is watching. Let him show maturity, rise above party sentiments so that any state government that has a business focus, should be assisted, the right companies that will be involve in gas exploration so as to boost power generation in the state through gas turbines.”

“All we need is a licence from the Federal Government so we can execute such projects when the time comes” Ayade added and lauded President Jonathan for gallantly accepting defeat at the elections. “President Jonathan has demonstrated that Africa has come of age. What he has done is rare and I hope Gen.

Buhari will appreciate the President’s civility and face issues of governance with an open heart”. Ayade who also urged for co-operation from Cross Riverians so as to jointly remove the state from its current debt burden to an enviable state promised to revolutionise the state civil service, and to make a personal sacrifice, of “forfeiting ten percent” of his salary “and earnings for the poor”.

On the ongoing industrial action by the Cross River State University of Technology (CRUTECH) Ayade regretted what has kept the students of the Institution out of class rooms for several months. The Senator now turn Governor-elect, blamed the management for not managing their resources well.

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