By Jonathan Ugbal; Government House Correspondent
Chief of Staff to Cross River state governor, Hon. Martins Orim has said that Cross Riverians irrespective of their political affiliation will benefit from the Senator Benedict Ayade led administration as he operates an open door policy and is willing to embrace every person that is willing to work for the development of the state.
Orim gave this assurance when he received the 2010 -2013 Cross River State Leaders Forum in his office where he stressed that Governor Ayade has a good and large heart that will accommodate everybody willing to join the train from all divides in the state.
The former Deputy Leader of Obudu Legislative Council pointed out that the state’s economy will boom with the initiation of signature projects by the governor which he described as ‘developmental’ including the deep seaport, Calabar-Ogoja-Obudu Super Highway and the proposed Obudu Ranch Farm which will employ over 2500 youths.
“The entire Cross River State landscape is about to witness economic revolution and only those who are ready to come on board will benefit from these transformation initiative”.
Orim also described his appointment as a divine call to service and promised to work with the forum and youths who are willing to harness their innate potentials to contribute their quota to the development of the state and urged former leaders, no matter their grievances not to lose confidence in the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor was ready to reconcile all parties to ensure peaceful co existence. He promised that their severance allowance which is long overdue will be looked into with a view to seeing how it can be paid.
Earlier, Leader of the Forum and erstwhile Leader of Ogoja Legislative Council 2010-2013, Hon. Emmanuel Ishabor said the group were in the office to felicitate with one of their own describing Orim’s appointment as ‘unprecedented’.
He averred that Orim’s appointment is a gesture that portrays the governor as “all embracing and one who believes so much in the capacity of youths in delivering on the desired change that will impact on the citizenry”.
Ishabor assured the Chief of Staff that the forum will always stand by him to enable him succeed in his new office, as it was a thing of pride to the forum.