Inyali Peter, Calabar
The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2015 elections in Cross River State, Mr. Odey Ochicha has urged the State governor, Senator Ben Ayade to urgently review the impact of the numerous Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) he has signed so far since he assumed office.
In a statement issued in Calabar, Ochicha said that although he commends the industrial drive of the governor, he should as a matter of necessity review how successful the MoUs he has signed have impacted on the lives of the people.
Ochicha said within Ayade’s ten months, he has signed over 62 MoUs with different foreign firms and investors but Cross Riverians are yet to see the implementation of any of the agreements.
While calling on the state governor to make public details of the MoUs, he maintained that Cross Riverians were becoming fed up with the unimpressive performance of the Ayade’s administration in the area of keeping to promises.
According to him, “Ayade has signed a lot of MoUs since he assumed office. While his vision to source for investors for the state is a welcomed development, he needs to make public, details of the agreements. Cross Riverians need to know when the implementation of these agreements will commence.
“He needs to review the impact of the MoUs so far on the people. He should build public trust by putting an end to giving conflicting information, for instance, during his first three months in office, the governor said investors had tabled a whopping €500m for the construction of the proposed super highway and deep seaport but now he is telling us that four companies were scrambling to sponsor the same projects. He must put things in the right perspective”.
The APC chieftain also advised the governor to reduce his frequent foreign trips and concentrate on performing his duties as a State governor.
“Ayade has travelled a lot. I heard he has travelled countless times in just ten months. This is not healthy for the state economy. He should stop mounting unnecessary pressure on the crunched economy by reducing his frequent foreign trips”, he maintained.
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