By Egbara Emmanuel
In a conscious effort to transform the state since the return of democracy to the country in 1999, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP government has deliberately set out to spread infrastructure to all parts of the state.
This conscious effort resulted in the setting up of a committee by the first PDP-led government of Donald Duke to draw up an infrastructure road map for the state. The committee came out with recommendations that became the envy of other states.
So far, there has seen a detailed implementation of these recommendations by successive administrations in the state, though in some instances, with minor variations.
Gov. Ayade, in line with the present economic reality in the country coupled with his campaign promises to turn the state into the desired industrial hub of the country and the sub region is consolidating on the achievements of his predecessors and expanding the infrastructural base of the State in order to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit of the people.
This, he has undertaken in these vital areas: road infrastructure, sports development, agriculture and industrialisation. The governor kicked the ground running with the building of garment factory in Calabar.
The factory of the National made choice clothing is now a household name in the country the establishment signalled the beginning of a new phase of governance in the state as the government showed by this bold step, that it was ready to shift its stand on industrialization which, was initially believed to be the direct responsibility of the private sector alone.
The frenzy of the Building of the garment Factory was yet to fizzle out when the governor recorded another initiative in his avowed determination to industrialize the state.
He moved to Bekwara Local Government Area to perform the ground-breaking ceremony of two major industrial complexes; a rice mill plant and led meter manufacturing industry.
This represents a bold step on the part of the government to drive the industrialization agenda to every part of the state according to needs and the availability of the required economic indices.
This reality of adhering to the factors affecting the location of industries is what prompted the governor to shift the focus of the government in the agrobased industrialization of the state to Bekwara Local Government Area, which has the needed terrain for the cultivation of rice in commercial quantity.
The mechanised farm, when completed, will position the state on the rice map of the world. This is a plus to the determined effort of the state government to promote food sufficiency and earn foreign exchange through food exportation.
The Committee on food sufficiency set up at the inception of the government has been up and doing in this aspect as it has, through the state Ministry of Agriculture acquired and cultivated large hectares of land across the state with improved cassava stems .
These farms, apart from producing garri and other staple foods will also produce starch for the proposed Methanol Plant.
The proposed Bakassi seaport is a clear example of a proactive style of leadership by the Ayade administration. This is a project that had suffered still births in the hands of previous administrations. When the governor said he was going to see to the realization of that project, many people did not believe it. It was taken as the usual government semantics on the project.
But Gov Ayade proved the doubting Thomases wrong as he recently did groundbreaking of the project with funfare.
In his determined effort to get cross river people people involved in the agro industrialization revolution, the state government is organising a free training programme for over 200 poultry out growers in the state.
In a conscious effort to tap into the opportunities available through youth empowerment development, the state government initiated the green police across the three senatorial districts to complement employment, which was a conscious impact by the Liyel Imoke administration.
This noble philosophy is what informed the decision of the state governor, through the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to direct all youths to get involve in thinking Cross River. In a determined effort to justify the divine mandate freely given to him by the people, Gov. Ayade is set to sustain superior performance through infrastructure in governance.
There has been an excellent show of capacity to govern and the underlying passion to develop the state by consolidating on the performance of his predecessors through the building of quality road infrastructure. This will not only enhance the industrial take off of the state, but will also create access to the source of raw materials and evacuation of finished goods.
Barrister Alphonsus Ogar Eba the Director General for price intelligence and due process sums it up this way when he appeared on Superior Performance Radio Programme anchored by Frances Andie, “we are deliberately opening up the state by building inter and intra local government roads to create access to industries and evacuation of products. You cannot execute a successful industrialization project without a good road network.”
The roads the government has so far constructed or intervened, cuts across the state. As earlier stated, this is not done to massage anybody’s ego, but strictly, according to the industrial road map of the state in order to create a sustainable industrial culture.
Gov Ayade, has therefore, devoted a large chunk of the state’s resources to strengthen road infrastructure for a smooth industrial take off of projects in his agenda. Such roads are littered throughout the state, all leading to proposed industrial zones; will serve the rice farming community.
The Yala/Ogoja road which the governor recently flagged off its construction is another case of taking infrastructure to where it is needed most.
The Okuku Market in Yala, is an income spinner to the people and government of the state.
The volume of trade on that route is bound to increase in leaps with the completion of the road as traders and other users of the market will be able to ferry their goods with ease in and out of the area.
It is another milestone in the road infrastructure development policy of the Gov. Ayade administration.
It will serve as a quicker route for travellers from the Ebonyi and Benue axis of the state, who now have to come to Cross river North through these roads.
The proposed super highway has innumerable benefits.
Apart from serving as the gateway for the movement of cargos from the port to the state and other parts of the country, it will also serve as an evacuation corridor for goods and services from the coastal industrial city to other parts of Africa, especially landlocked West African countries like Mali, Chad and Benin Republic.
The government is also spending fortunes to control flood in Cross river.
The achievements of Gov. Ayade in less than two years is a clear indication of the policy trust of the administration to provide adequate infrastructure that will affect the lives of the citizenry and attract investors to cross river.