Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State says the reason his administration is aggressively moving towards industrialisation in the state is to decouple it from dependence on federal allocation.
He stated this during a media parley held at the executive chambers of the Governor’s office, Calabar.
The Governor explained that Cross River which can be best described as a civil service State must be given a platform where the people would have multiple streams of incomes.
Professor Ayade who pointed out that it takes seventy per cent local consumption for tourism to thrive in any society explained that tourism in Cross River State is not enough to improve the economy of the State because the purchasing power of the people who are supposed to mostly patronise the sector, is low.
The Governor said he engaged over five thousand youth as his personal advisers to reduce social tension and create an atmosphere that would allow him to focus on the projects he is executing.
On the challenges facing the development of the State, Governor Ayade regrettably said Cross River is one of the States in the country not allowed by the Debt Management Office to take commercial loans which would have helped to finance some projects in the State due to the huge domestic and foreign debt burden it incurred by previous administrations.
On the 2019 election, Governor Ayade said he would rather lose election than do anything that would jeopardise his name which he said is paramount to me.
In another development, the All Progressives Congress in Cross River State says it will delay the kick-off of its governorship campaign in the State in honour of the late State Chairman of the party, Dr. Mathew Achigbe whose funeral rite holds this week.
The late Achigbe died in a motor accident last month along Afikpo road in Ebonyi State on his return trip from a journey outside the State.