OPEN LETTER OF OGOJA PROFESSIONALS TO HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR BEN AYADE, EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR, CROSS RIVER STATE.
Dear Senator Ben Ayade,
We the professionals from Ogoja met today 2nd April, 2020 online and considered the political development in the State and several indices of development and arrived at the following resolutions.
1. We sincerely appreciate you for the way you have led the State from it’s civil service focus to it’s new industrialized status and for sure, very soon, we will begin to reap the dividend of your investment . Thank you so much.
2. We also appreciate the serious attitude you are putting forward in ensuring that no life is lost in this coronavirus pandemic. Your proactive measures are truly appreciated. We are ready to work with you to achieve your set target that no single Cross Riverain be infected with the virus.
3. We equally appreciate you for all the numerous appointments that you have made especially that you have appointed our children to serve the State in various capacities. We have never been blessed like these before.
4. We are however worried that since 2018 that the bill seeking to establish the Federal University of Technology Ogoja was introduced on the floor of the House of Representatives till this moment that it is awaiting the signature of Mr. President, you have not made any comment for or against it and have been silent on the subject matter. We have made several attempts to meet you and hear your view on the matter but to no avail. It is on record that you are one Governor that is very close to Mr. President and a request of this magnitude from your Senatorial district will not be denied by the President who sees you as a son. We don’t seem to understand you in this very respect. It is on record that between January and today you have made over 5 visits to the villa and in all the occasions, you did not mention the need for him to put his signature on the bill. Your Excellency, your silence is making us feel ill at ease. We wonder how can a Professor from the North not desire his people to have easy access to education.
5. We also hear that the Police Service Commission through the Inspector General has approved the establishment of a Mopol Base in Ogoja and we hear that you have instructed the team coming to commence the construction work to proceed to Obudu. We equally hear it is now Mopol 75 Obudu. We concede that you have all the powers to do so. But for equity, if you have taken Mopol 75 to Obudu, please use your good offices to secure the signature of Mr. President for the university bill that is gathering dust on his table.
6. We desire that you select 10 young men and women from Ogoja and send to China to commence immediate training about how to fix the rice mill in the event that the Chinese that are installing it may not be available in the near future. Ebonyi fertilizer firm is grounded simply because the Governor did not train local manpower that will take over from the Chinese once they leave. We trust that you will listen to us. If this is not done, we doubt that the rice processing complex can survive three years after your tenure.
7. Lastly, we will desire that you expand the capacity of General Hospital Ogoja to a specialist hospital. As at today, it is the only medical facility that is taking care of the entire Northern Cross River, your Senatorial district. The other two hospitals are owned by the catholic mission. We all have seen the need to have a powerful medical outfit in the event of an outbreak of an epidemic.
Another point for expanding the capacity of General Hospital Ogoja, is it’s near perfect central geographical location in the Northern senatorial district. This enables accessibility to the other parts of the district.
We pray you will consider our request made in good fate and looking up to you as the number one citizen of the State.
God bless you.
Dr. Mark Atabi
Dr. Solomon Ugabi
Mr. Mike Udam
Mr. Patrick Woshor
Mr. Joseph Ishaka
Mr. Joe Ulom
Mr. Peter Ade Ayim
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