By Jonathan Ugbal
The funding model for the signature projects of Cross River’s governor, Senator Ben Ayade has been commended as a major challenge which would have inhibited the projects says Senator Rose Oko who represents the Cross River Northern senatorial district in the National Assembly.
The Yala born politician made this known while speaking with members of the Peregrino House press corps in Calabar shortly after meeting with the governor.
Senator Oko says the projects owing to the current financial challenges would have been a fairytale as lack of funds would have stopped them and commended the idea.
She said that “The signature projects are desirable for Cross River State; they will open up the economy. I commend him (Ayade) for finding a way to fund these projects despite the economic challenges which ordinarily would have been a challenge for the State with the resources that are available.
“They are projects we must encourage and they are projects we must stand behind to ensure that they come to fruition as they are for the benefit of the state’s economy. We all need our economy to be diversified and that is what these projects will do for the state”.
A member of the House of Representatives in the seventh Assembly, Senator Oko urged Cross Riverians to continuously strive to enhance their capacity as well as enumerating a way forward. “Cross Riverians need to be attentive and alert. Our programs and projects are often driven by people from outside the State and that is due to the fact that most times, Cross Riverians do not have the requisite knowledge or the prerequisite technically to fill these positions.
“It is time we need to get Cross Riverians ready to occupy these positions; these projects need technicians to drive them. We need to look globally to see how we can equip ourselves to enhance our capacity to fill these positions in Cross River. We need to talk to the Education Ministry to look into the curriculum to ensure that we bring up children that will fit into these projects, because getting a University degree might at the end of the day not be able to get you anywhere”.
The one time Education Commissioner while speaking on happenings in the eight Assembly described the work of the legislature as ‘very rigorous’ due to the core mandates which she listed to include the processes of bill making, oversight on Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
On her experience in the upper House, she says “The lower House expectedly is more vibrant because we have much younger people there and the upper House behaves with decorum because of the caliber of people you have there”.
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