By Jonathan Ugbal: Government House Correspondent
Cross River Governor, Senator Ben Ayade Wednesday promised to build a Governor’s lodge in Ikom local government area and kicked off the governor’s cup in the first event of his 5 day tour of the central and northern senatorial districts in the state
Ayade also promised to further add 100 more people into his government “Who have no political contact or ties” telling critics who are complaining about the size of his government that: “Let those who don’t like, talk, I will continue to do more”.
Ayade who was supposed to receive the Ikom township Stadium asked the contractors to keep the keys as he wants to see firsthand, what the stadium lacked in terms of infrastructure.
The stadium was constructed without a tartan track, floodlights and several other things CrossRiverWatch gathered.
The 6,000 seater stadium was commissioned on February 26, 2015 by the wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Dame Patience Jonathan with former Governor Liyel Imoke refusing to receive the facility due to “specification reasons”.
Addressing the people, Ayade admonished Ikom people to be patient with his administration and explained again, why he is expanding his government.
“I am a very old head on young shoulders so I can pass for a youth and I can also pass for an elder. The cardinal challenge that I have today is to ensure that I stamp out hunger and so as I speak today, I am talking with the chairman, you have eleven wards in Ikom and right here in this Stadium we are going to recruit another 100 people into government today” Ayade said.
Continuing, he said that: “I have decided that every kobo that I can salvage, I will use it to put food on somebody’s table. And so, when they see me expanding government under the concept of Ayadesian theory, they don’t understand where it is coming from.
“Ayade is trying to do a Nexus Plexus and connectivity between Adam Smith and Keynesian theory. I understand the econo-political and intellectual lacuna in the theories they postulated”.