By Joseph Odok
Two years gone, there is no practical resuscitation of any existing agency or ministry nor has the government successfully undertaken any meaningful project besides robust fanfares, pageantry, supreme Court victory celebration, enlargement of cabinet and political appointees, celebration of prompt payment of salaries to a section of the civil service commission and concurrent media hype etc.
CRBC is not alone in Ayade’s economic suicide against Cross River State; the government of Ayade remain poised to murder the good dreams of the initiators of the Obudu Cattle Ranch, Tinapa Resort, Marina Resort, International Conference Center Calabar, etc. The bitter truth is that Cross River State is dying under the watch of Ayade’s Government
Besides the dead of existing project before the Ayade’s Government, the project performance of Ayade’s signature the projects; the super high way and deep seaport leaves very less to be desired. The performance of about 320 billion naira 2016 appropriation Bill tells a story of diversion of interest to non budgetary issues with frivolities priced over core projects. This story will be told another day, but the preamble was necessary for my concern today.
Cross River Broadcasting Corporation Radio Service, started or emerged as an out station of the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) Enugu operating on a frequency of 6.09 MHZ short Wave band. But on January 1, 1978, the then Military Governor Navy Capt. Babatunde Elegbede enacted an edict establishing the Cross River Broadcasting station to operate on frequency of 558KHZ on the Medium Wave band, with a booster station at Ugaga in the present Yala Local Government Area, while Ayangase in the present Akpabuyo Local Government Area housed the transmitters.
The history of CRBC has been one of excellence and balanced reportage until it turned into a propaganda tool for government; thus losing it’s relevance. Today under the Ayade’s Government, CRBC is dead and buried.
Disappointedly, in Cross River State today, independent media houses thrive with government sponsoring and preferring the use of independent media houses and radio stations like Channels TV, AIT, Hit FM and social media platforms like Cross River Watch to transmit it’s policies over and above government owned CRBC. For lack of jobs and patronage, the CRBC has become obsolete with decaying infrastructures as it’s lot.
The eventual eclipse of CRBC is facilitated by the current administration, what a sad story. It is bad policy for the government to patronize private outfits to the elimination of public institution.
The 2016 Cross River State carnival saw CRBC missing in reportage.
My question remains; What dream has the government of Ayade for the revitalization of our crumbling state?