By Jonathan Ugbal; Government House Correspondent
The federal government says it is ready to partner with the Cross River state government on some of Governor Ben Ayade’s signature projects.
The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo disclosed this while speaking with journalists in Calabar after delivering a lecture on ‘Social virtues in the Nigerian renaissance’ at the 10th memorial anniversary of the late Justice Peter Odo Effiong Bassey.
The Vice President said “I know that whatever is going to lead to the economic development of any part of Nigeria, the federal government will be keying in and some of the projects that have been mentioned will lead to incremental growth so the federal government will be very interested”
Osinbajo also expressed optimism about the future of Cross River state under the current administration saying “We are bound to see very great things, I have been speaking with Professor Ayade and I think the state is going to go places and there is going to be a lot of achievement here. You know the state is one that we all look forward to as a place of hospitality and tent of tourism with His Excellency, Donald Duke, a one-time governor doing such an excellent job of establishing a state known for tourism and I think Professor Ayade is about to take it to even greater heights”.
Earlier at the lecture, Professor Osinbajo stressed the need for attitudinal change and the need for certain values. “no developed nation or society on earth today that has not kept to some of its core values and these are captured in the worlds’ social virtues or if you like righteousness.” He went further to speak on principles that developed nations imbibed narrowing them to five; hard work, integrity, respect for obligation, rewarding merit and principle of consequences.
The Vice President accompanied by Cross River governor, Benedict Ayade and his wife Dolly Osinbajo unveiled the last published work of the late Justice P.O.E Bassey.
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