SHARED OPPORTUNITIES: Together, we can rebuild the Cross River of our dream.
In the face of unpredicted global environment, united efforts remain key to highlighting the pathways through which
negative storms are amplified. Cross River State, our beautiful State, famous for its peaceful and environmentally friendly nature is undoubtedly, facing unprecedented tests. From the unprecedented lockdown occasioned by the Corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic to the recent unpredicted crisis from the EndSARS protest, evidence abound that the government of Cross River State and its people, will require also, unprecedented response from everyone across the State The government and t h e c i t i z e n r y, a t t h e community level , both public and private sectors as
the case maybe, must all get involved in the march towards rebuilding Cross River State. Having invested so much
over the years in key projects, that have potentials for creating more jobs, as well as attracting huge investment opportunities in the State, it is expected that we all must put our hands on deck in rebuilding the Cross River State of our dream, and building, better, even in the face of enormous challenges. Cross River is globally known as a “Miniature Nation” because of its unique ethnic and cultural diversity. Its imposing disposition in tourism and hospitality, agriculture and trends in industrialization drives, which capture the huge investment in human capital
development, call to mind, the need for the good people of the State to continually unite efforts in re-building and rebranding the State for effective repositioning at both the grassroots and government level.
The Covid-19 lockdown and the curfew that was occasioned by the #EndSARS protests in the State, have left great lessons for us to learn. It therefore behooves on Cross Riverians to passionately fix our minds towards making valuable contributions that would significantly lead the State to reclaim its world excellence and maintain its leading role as the number one State in Nigeria. This, we can do, by adopting pragmatic approaches for effective re-building. We should begin to re-imagine our future by way of
“…it is expected that we all must put all hands on deck in rebuilding the Cross River State of our dream, and building, better, even in the face of enormous challenges.”
focusing on building back better from the havoc caused by Covid-19 pandemic and the #EndSARS peaceful protest that was later to be given an ugly face with the entry of hoodlums that caused so much havoc in the city of Calabar. We have no other choice than to re-cover from both the Covid-19 torture and the social problems so exacerbated by
the crisis in the State.
This remains indeed the Moment of truth. The recovery from the unpleasant crisis and disease-burden must lead to
a different development gain, for the actual attainment of peace, unity and progress for good governance.
Like other parts of the world, our dear State is also facing unprecedented tests but we shall overcome all of this. We cannot leave all for the government alone. The State Governor, Sir. Ben Ayade at the beginning of the two crises (Covid-19 and Endsars) brought in his proactive instincts to bear. As a pragmatic Leader, he stepped in promptly to
ensure that the State remained safe and calm in all its ramifications, even as hoodlums seized the occasion to strike, throwing away the olive branch that was offered to them by the Governor.
It is obvious that the road ahead has a continued challenge for the reasons of the set-back occasioned by the havoc caused in the State, so, we must therefore, work towards building back our State better together. Everything we do or say now must be with the intention of adding value to Cross River State.
Our sincere actions would go a long way to encouraging the administration of Sir Ben Ayade in building More equal, inclusive and sustainable projects that would be more resilient even in the face of many challenges.
The time is apt for managing
Cross River after disease attack and after unrests. Our income, investments and production have been dangerously tampered with, and would remain retarded, if we fold our hands and allow the blame-game trend survive in our land.
Together we can rebuild a more formidable, g r e a t e r , greener and more sustainable future for Cross River. With genuine efforts and concern, the good people of Cross River State can still passionately give a great and lasting push that would significantly add more value to our great State, the nation’s haven. our shared responsibilities remain the bedrock upon which the re-building of Cross River State rests on.
Yes, we can!