The absence of the governor of Cross River State, Prof Ben Ayade in the State has crippled governance as civil and public servants abandoned their duty posts to attend to their private activities. The workers according to DAILY POST finding are into private businesses. This is a common practice whenever the Governor traves abroad.
Already, political appointees and civil servants attached to various governments’ offices in the Governor’s office have abandoned their offices and have taken to private businesses. Governor’s office has become a ghost town as hardly you see staff of the Governor’s office on seat. Some of the offices are left opened in case anybody wants to see any of the officers.
Recall that report had it that Governor Ben Ayade travels outside the state more than any other governor and whenever this is done, the economy, social and political activities crumble.
Sadly, those who manage to be in the office will impose one policy or the other which will affect the citizens. Such impositions, according to our findings include unsubstantiated levies and taxes exploiting the people of their lean resources.
Consequently, a group, Cross River Transparency Network International, (CRTNI) has called on the Cross River State House of Assembly to immediately commence impeachment process of Governor Ben Ayade for alleged illegal foreign trips.
The group in a press conference in Calabar alleged that since assumption of office, Governor Ayade has traveled to overseas more than any governor in the history of this country under the pretext of looking for investors for the state.
The coordinator of the group, Comrade Jonathan Agbor, said it has become imperative for the State House of Assembly to impeach Ayade for violating constitutional provisions of frequently traveling abroad without handing over to his deputy just as he squanders state funds on such trip.
Agbor said “Since Ayade came on board, he has spent more days in Abuja and abroad than he has spent in the state, adding that out of 365 days in a year he spends less than 100 days in office.”