By Jonathan Ugbal: Government House Correspondent
Cross River Governor, Senator Ben Ayade has written the Cross River House of Assembly notifying them of his intent to proceed on his annual vacation.
The vacation which begins today, July 2, 2018 is expected to last for two weeks.
A statement from the Assembly says Mr. Ayade’s deputy, Professor Ivara Esu will take over as acting governor from today till July 19, 2018.
“The Executive Governor of CRs Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade has written to the CRSHA notifying them of his annual vacation for 2weeks, thereby Transferring Powers to his Deputy Prof. Ivara Esu to Act as Governor from 2nd July to 19th July, 2018,” the Assembly said via its Twitter handle @CRS_HOA.
The Executive Governor of CRs Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade has written to the CRSHA notifying them of his annual vacation for 2weeks, thereby Transferring Powers to his Deputy Prof. Ivara Esu to Act as Governor from 2nd July to 19th July, 2018. pic.twitter.com/wKMlTCeHUN
— CRSHA (@CRS_HOA) July 2, 2018
It will be the first time Mr. Ayade is transferring power to his deputy since assuming office.
Government House sources say Mr. Ayade stalled the vacation due to the visit of Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari to commission several projects in the state.
He had travelled for almost 3 months in 2016 without transferring power to his deputy; an action which drew criticisms from the opposition.
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