By Patrick Obia And Kelvin Ololo.
The Governor of Cross River State Sen. Ben Ayade has implore Cross Riverians to remain resolute and rededicate their commitment in spite of challenges faced, as his administration is focusing on restructuring the State and enriching Cross Riverians.
Ayade who was represented by His Deputy, Prof. Ivara Esu in his address to mark the 59th Independence day celebration held at UJ Esuene Sport Stadium, Calabar, Urged the people to remain steadfast toward enduring values and vision that distinguish them as true Cross Riverians.
He said it is only by such distinguished attributes that the State can achieve true independence as a people guarantee true freedom, good governance and total emancipation.
He said, “Fellow Cross Riverians, as we contemplate on our Nation’s socio-political trajectory, the tall mountains we have had to climb, the steep slopes we have had to descend, I want to enjoin you to remain resolute by re-committing and re-dedicating yourselves to the enduring values and vision that distinguish us as true Cross Riverians. For it is only by such distinguishing attributes we can achieve true independence as a people, one that will guarantee true freedom, good governance and total emancipation in the real sense of it.
“For us as an administration, we shall not relent until we ensure that every Cross Riverian is indeed rescued and clawed back from the socio-economic quagmire that has held the state captive to hunger and lack.”
Mr. Ivara Esu, who received the salute from the military and para-military parade was joined by notable personalities such as the Chief of Staff to the State Government Mr. Martins Orim, Secretary to the State Government Barr. Tina Banko Agbor, Chief Judge of Cross River State Justice Michael Edem, Speaker, Cross River State House of Assembly Hon. Eteng Williams, service Chiefs, Royal Fathers clergymen and host of others who watch students from various schools display their marching prowess.
The ceremony saw Secred Heart Girls Secondary School coming first, Access High School Coming Second and Hopewaddel Training Institute, with third position in the secondary schools category in Calabar. While the Primary category saw Charles Walker’s Primary school emerge first position; Hopewadel primary school taking the second position and Mc-Donna Montessori primary school occupying the third position.
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