Ayade Funds Campaign for Collection of PVC, Wants Paradigm Shift

Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade has called on residents of the state to ensure that they register and collect their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) before the 2019 elections. Ayade made the call when he received a set of his appointees under the aegis of Special Assistants Network (SAN), who are running an advocacy programme to encourage the collection of PVCs. In order to aid the group achieve effective mobilization, the governor announced the release of N9 million for the exercise across the 18 council areas of the state.  Ayade who lamented the poor outlay of monthly revenue allocated to the state
attributed the shortfall to record of over ten years population figure, saying that there was need to mobilize the populace to come out and get registered to reflect the current reality that will translate into economic terms.

In his words: This campaign is very important because it is not all about my re-election but for the sake of Cross River State that has been cheated over the years due to the non-challant attitude of the populace on issues as sensitive as voters registration and we must change the paradigm by ensuring everyone comes out and get registered and collect their PVCs.” Continuing he disclosed that “Cross River State is over 4.5 million in terms of population size, but records continue to place it at 2.3 million. What a falsehood? And we have been on this for the past ten years which is why I am supporting this campaign to change the paradigm because whatever figure you get also accounts form developmental indices from the Federal Government.” While thanking his aides for the initiative with a promise to provide them with the necessary logistics, Ayade further charged: “Please ensure that everybody of voting age is registered in your various wards not only for the 2019 election but to ensure that true adults population of the state will be reflected in any exercise carried out by any organization.”

Leader of the group and Special Assistant on Peace and Reconciliation, Mr. Charles Ushie, stated that the essence of the mnetwork was to sensitize the citizenry on the need to equip themselves with the PVC ahead of the general election, adding that they will also ensure that those who were yet to register were encouraged to do so across the 196 wards of the 18 local government areas of the state. He thanked the governor for believing in their capacity to serve the state and promised to do their best to ensure that their people, especially those at the grassroots were fully mobilized for the exercise. According to him, this would be a token of their contribution to support the reelection of Governor Ayade, given his track record of performance, which he noted has resulted in transforming the socioeconomic landscape of the state in the last three years.

Ayade orders payment of 2014 gratuity, donates N50m for completion of Labour House Cross River State Governor, Prof Ben Ayade, recently authorized the payment of 2014 gratuity to retired civil servants in the state, even as he donated N50 million to the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) for the completion of the Labour House. The governor, who was accompanied by his deputy, Prof Ivara Esu, members of the state executive council as well as officers and members of the state NLC and TUC, gave the directive shortly after inspecting the NLC secretariat, which is under construction. On payment of gratuity, he said: “We have already finalised and I have just signed today an authorisation for them to commence the implementation of 2014 gratuity.” mWhile applauding the leadership of labour in the state for good management of resources in the erection of the building, the governor said, “at the time we discussed with the NLC/TUC on the need to support them build a labour house, the approval I gave was so insignificant for the
accomplishment of what I am seeing here today.

I thought I was the only magician who knows how to turn one naira to a million dollars. Today, I have seen some management experts that are equally very good.” Ayade who assured that the labour house will be completed before his third year anniversary in office announced that, “against that background, God has descended upon me with an inspiration,” adding that, “to ensure that you complete this project and get it ready for commissioning as in the history of Cross River, we have never had a labour house where members can come in unmolested, it is my pleasure to support you complete this edifice with additional N50 million. That figure will cover both furniture, telecom and small clinic in case of any emergency.” He charged labour leaders and members to remain better organized, well-structured and never relent in their roles to the society, pointing out that, the leaders must not stop insisting on what they think is the right thing for the people as it is pertinent to share the concerns of government while appreciating the challenges of workers. “I must commend you for being very balanced in the whole process. Agreed that normally as government task, critical misunderstanding will set in, but that is part of relationship and I think that the concept of this is a harbinger of a better relationship and better understanding of each other.”

Earlier, NLC Chairman in the state, Comrade John Ushie, explained that “for over 40 years, the labour centre has not had a place to call their own, but in your time, it has come to pass. We believe that before your third year in office, you will come back to commission this place.” The governor, his deputy, members of the organised labour as well as members of the state executive council, thereafter proceeded to other projects sites embarked by the present administration in the state, including the 21 megawatt power plant, Calabar Garment Factory, Calabar Pharmaceutical Factory, Rice Seeds and Seedlings Center among others.

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