Rot in Cross River: How Governor Ayade ruined the Paradise State
The present condition of Cross River State could best be referred to as the Paradise Lost.
System failure, rot gradual political decay have connived to ruin the once People’s Paradise under the watch of a professor-turned politician, Governor Ben Ayade.
The situation in its Capital City, Calabar, is even more critical the governor purportedly runs the state as a ‘private estate’, Morenews.ng learnt.
Almost all the ‘Estates of the Realms’ including the media are said to be under the firm grips of Governor Ben Ayade.
Hell in the House
Ironically, the legislature, that ought to keep him in check and balance, is the worst hit.
The rubber-stamped Cross River State House of Assembly has been starved of funds to keep the state lawmakers in perpetual loyalty.
The leadership of the House have been operating without impress.
In Ayade’s over five years as governor the House of Assembly Complex and Quarters have witnessed the worst maintenance culture, not even the Speaker’s Office has been painted, let alone renovated, within the period.
Part of the complex is in pathetic conditions, begging for renovations, waiting to collapse any moment.
The situation is so desperate that no principal officer, including the Speaker and Deputy Speaker, has official cars.
A source told Morenews.ng thatt they sometimes stoop so low that they have to apply for Hillux from the Executive if they have any serious engagements and must return same immediately after the occasion.
Another area that has suffered in the of Governor Ayade is the local government administration.
The local government council chairmen can only grumble as Professor Ayade hides under the joint account to divert the council funds for State use.
Council chairmen could only manage toto acce their wage bills and additional N200000 naira for their upkeeps.