The cool breeze from the Obudu Cattle Ranch retreat


THE Obudu Ranch Resort, a major tourist area in Cross River, recently played host to political appointees in the state, who trooped into the ever breezy area for a retreat, with the theme, “Vision, Mission, Style and Strategy of Ayade’s government.”

Government House Diary, captured the governor’s closing remarks, presented here in bits.

Official vehicles

Cross River governor, Prof Ben Ayade, intimated that all who have received official vehicles and those yet to receive, will be monitored.

According to him, “we will study the aide, conduct of the driver and how he is using the vehicle,” adding that, “if you chose to abuse the vehicle after a year or two and you come with a rickety car, we will surely hold you responsible.”

He maintained that “you have a duty to manage your driver and ensure that the vehicle entrusted to you is treated like your own car.”

Rice farming

The governor charged all appointees and civil servants to start rice farms as Cross River will not compromise its stand as a leading light in rice farming to check the importation of  rice, while boosting the state and nation’s food basket.

MDAs retreat

All Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the state that are revenue yielding will return to the ranch resort for a retreat in two or three months’ time.

According to Ayade, “we will set target incentives and government will make an allowance for every MDA that meets the target set,” adding that, “once you meet the target for that month, a certain percentage of that will be retained as an incentive.”


Touched by the plight of the poor, the less privileged and vulnerable in society, the governor reasoned that, “you are healthy but have a brother who has no income and not healthy, a thousand naira a month to contribute to that your brother or sister, should not hurt you.”

He directed that the medical insurance must start with civil servants and political appointees, pointing out that, from January 2017, the provisions of that law will be enforced.

Revenue generation

Cross River governor, Prof Ben Ayade, warned that, in the quest for revenue generation, relevant agencies should tread with caution as his administration will not put pressure on the poor, challenged and vulnerable. “I don’t want any revenue that will impact negatively on our challenged and vulnerable brothers and sisters. We don’t want revenues from those who, by our law, have been exempted from paying tax. Don’t put pressure on a poor man, for that money will not do any good to you but will only harm you,” Ayade advised.


The governor, who earlier intended paying the 2016 December salary on the first day of December, was prevailed upon to extend the payment day and date so as not to bring untold hardship to the workers. After listening to the yearnings of the people, Ayade said, “the December 2016 salary will be paid on the 15th of same month,” adding that, “if you don’t get your alert on the 15th of December, then I am not the governor. But tolerate us if it comes a little earlier” for we just want to make sure that the last day is December.”

For normal monthly salaries, the governor intimated that, “Cross River will continue to pay monthly salaries on the 25th of each month, as Ayade functions best when there is impossibility.”

Food bank

The governor explained that as soon as the programme starts, the benefits of the food bank will be unveiled. He further charged members of the commission to ensure that when it finally commences, “not one tuber should be bought, if not cultivated in Cross River.”

Proposed Commodity Control Law

Ayade said, “we will insist that if you are truly a Cross Riverian, anytime you earn your salary, ask yourself how much of that money that will not cross the river. How much of your salary is retained in Cross River by the clothes, shoes and food you consume. Don’t cross the river with our money, but insist that the money remains in our state.”

General retreat

General retreat of this nature, the governor disclosed, will hold twice a year for the assessment of performance. He added that the next session will hold in the central senatorial district of the state before moving to the southern senatorial district.

The governor affirmed that the retreat will no doubt increase productivity, adding that, for the display of patience coupled with the attendance of appointees to the retreat, “I have more faith in this government than ever before.”

Culled from

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