Exposing the Mind of Ayade

Governor of Cross River State, Professor Ben Ayade (Left) with Governor of the Central Bank, Doctor Godwin Emefiele (Right)

The foundation of my administration is defined by normative framework and openness/transparency. Also, in appreciation of the reality that the people, collectively, constitutes the power-source of authority, this administration is devoted to operate an all-involving governance/policy process to give the people a sense of participation and position democracy in its right perspective.

Consequently, this administration places very high premium on media, not just for publicity or hyping sake, but for meaningful and productive interactive engagements where ideas and observations could be harvested from the people for formative appraisals and improvement of all government policies concerning this administration. We are devoted to uphold the classical tenets upon which democracy was founded. Chiefest amongst these tenets is that power belongs to the people and the people will, rightfully, maintain their power, if they are properly informed.

It should be known that the government was not created to become a monstrous Leviathan to oppress and intimidate, but to serve the people that created it. Therefore, it is the people’s right to access information from government, as it is obligatory on government to provide such. I present myself as a humble servant with unflinching dedication to serve my people. Starving the people of information about the same government or authority they created is akin to deforming them which is abhorrent to the principles of democracy.

~ Sen prof. Benedict Ayade.

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