Cross River State Socio Political Perspective, The Way Forward BY EMMANUEL IBESHI

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Hon. Emmanuel Ibeshi, 5th from right and executive members of CRISPON
Hon. Emmanuel Ibeshi, 5th from right and executive members of CRISPON

Being a Paper Delivered by Hon. Emmanuel Ibeshi on the Induction Ceremony of the Cross River State Political Network, CRISPON.

WHERE ARE WE COMING FROM?

(46 years of existence with 15 governors on the saddle)

Governors of Cross River State:

Brig. Udoakaha J. Esuene.
Maj. Gen. Paul Omu,
Tunde Elegbede,
Clement Isong, Donald Etiebet,
Daniel Archibong,
Ibim Princewill,
Ernest Atta,
Clement Ebri,
Ibrahim Kefas,
Gregory Agboneni,
Umar Farouk Ahmed,
Christopher Osondu

Four Essential Questions:

1. Where are we now?

14 years of democracy with two governors who have been friends and dreamers for a new Cross River State but very different in styles of leadership with same goal. We have experienced political leadership recruitment within the past 14 years that has thrown loads of opportunities and challenges to the youth. What can the youth do to get to the next level without dislocating milestones made?

Within these 14 years we have seen CRS branded. Globally as a tourism destination because of Tinapa, Obudu Ranch Resort and the Calabar Carnival. We have been declared an Export Processing Zone. Our state has been branded a “done deal” destination for soccer tournaments. Almost all important soccer tournaments are automatically billed for Calabar because there is almost always a certainty for success if our national teams play in U. J. Esuene Stadium.

We have also been declared the most peaceful state because of the firm control government has on the society. Most organizations use Calabar for their capacity building trainings. The flip side has also recorded massive youth unemployment, wasted talent, rural-urban migration, anti social behavior especially amongst students in tertiary institutions (cultism, drug abuse, prostitution and general apathy for excellence and self esteem

In the past 14 years, what has been the poll of the state in the general score card? There has been a deliberate policy within these 14 years to access rural areas with good roads, electricity and water. Are there possible adjustments to effect sustained continuity of policies and programs that will bring quick wins in our democratic experience?

YES!! How can these policies and projects of the leadership be made to evoke a buy-in from the people?

AREAS FOR QUICK WINS

Agriculture:

Identification of staple crops for mechanized farming and processing:

CASSAVA
PINEAPPLE
COCOA
RICE
YAM
BANANA
OIL PALM

2. WHERE DO WE WANT TO BE?

• Amongst the best in the country
• Abundant jobs
• Enhanced self esteem and patriotic disposition as CRS indigenes
• Enhanced internally Generated Revenue IGR
• Transparency in government and accountability of trustees of our rights while in office

3. HOW WILL WE GET THERE?

What will you do with your future?

1. Develop a mission statement and describe how to achieve the vision

2. Develop (specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic, and time-based goals) that are Long Term, Medium Term and Short Term. Goals you can assess success or failure easily

3. Identify strategic partners and vision carriers

4. Develop action plans including developmental plans

5. Let your plans be time-bound

6. Get a feedback loop to assess progress, successes or failures in order to fine-tune strategy

7. Identify weak links and strengthen or change them

4. HOW DO WE KNOW WE HAVE ACHIEVED OUR MISSION?

a. When leadership is in the hands of the youth and we can see 30 year olds running government in the Legislature, Executive and Judiciary

b. When the leadership brings forth the 1st eleven of its team irrespective of party affiliations, tribe or nepotism

c. When elected officials live by example and are ready to be held accountable for their actions or inactions as a result of a shared vision

d. When punishment is meted out as deterrent and rewards are given for merit at all levels of the society

THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR CRS TO GET IT RIGHT FOR GLOBAL CHANGE

MAP2

Please note the position of CRS in this inverted Map of Africa as a trigger in a revolver and dare to let God use you for His purpose.

In these times we are in for His glory. God bless you all. God bless Cross River State.

Hon. Emmanuel A. Ibeshi

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