“I did not inherit a State with 30 billion, and I also did not inherit an empty State. I inherited a State with great potentials; No society can truly be measured by the money in a treasury.”
-Governor Benedict Ayade
Governor Ayade Benedict of Cross River State is not from this planet if you ask me. His utterances seem at least to suggest so.
I have long hoped and prayed for a governor who understands that leadership is 99% inspiration and 1% perspiration. And listening to some of his utterances gives me great hope for a new Cross River.
I am an incurable optimist, and having come out from a Senator Liyel Imoke government that throughout its life-cycle complained of lack of funds to one that though doesn’t seem to have so much, yet issues out bold statements of hope, is something that excites me.
This is not in any way an indictment of the previous administration, but the emphasis on the need for this government to remain within the realm of giving hope to her citizens. That’s what a government should at least do for a hopeless people in need of hope!
I’m praying and hoping that these BOLD STATEMENTS are also translated into something tangible at whatever cost it may take.
We’re willing to give our full support and cooperation to it and pray that things work out as envisaged.
However, this government must seek to bring the right people into government and not rely on taking in only those who have godfathers who recommend them to man certain positions.
Just as His Excellency’s utterance show, he should seek to appoint people of character and competence, relevant exposure and experience to carry out government policy. He must not be the only one who knows everything; he must be willing to appoint people who know a thing or two and have the courage to sometimes disagree with his policy direction.
Experience has shown that such disagreements are healthy and can inject new thinking, ideas, etc, that can help the government. ‘Yes Men’, don’t add value to any government, their principal focus is their pockets and bank accounts.
In the course of my interactions in the social media space, I have the rare privileged of reading from great minds like Obasesam Okoi from Canada, Princewill Ojong Odidi from the USA, Ceejay Ojong from Abuja, Missang Oyama from Lagos, Venatius Ikem from Calabar, Jude Egbas from Lagos, etc; without being sentimental, these guys have great potentials and can be brought in to serve in any capacity that their experience and exposure can impact on the new government.
They are also other Cross Riverians all over the World doing great things. It behoves on Mr. Governor to look for them and ask them to come and serve their state in different capacities.
This should be an era of service and so we must not rely on local talents only to serve our state’s needs.
Kennedy Nsan writes from Abuja.
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