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Governor Ayade, deputy snub FG team in Calabar

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Governor of Cross River State, Professor Benedict Ayade and his Deputy, Professor Ivara Esu, snubbed the federal authorities crew led by Director Normal of Nationwide Emergency Administration Company (NEMA), Mustapha Ahmed.

Neither the governor nor his deputy bothered to obtain the crew nor honoured invitation to attend the flag- off of the distribution of agricultural inputs to farmers that have been assessed to have suffered damages and losses throughout final yr’s flood catastrophe.

The federal authorities crew additionally included consultant of the minister of humanitarian affairs, catastrophe administration and social improvement, consultant of secretary to the federal authorities of Nigeria and others.

Regardless of collection of notifications by means of official channels, the crew arrived Margaret Ekpo worldwide airport Calabar Wednesday 29 September 2021 however there have been solely junior officers from the State Emergency Administration Company (SEMA) to welcome the high-powered federal authorities officers.

In response to some officers of the federal authorities crew who pleaded to not be named, “the Cross River State authorities didn’t even care to ship automobiles to convey us.”

Additionally they mentioned that if officers from their zonal workplace weren’t on floor forward of their arrival in Calabar with their automobiles they might have been completely embarrassed.

In response to one other feminine official, “We have been informed that the governor wouldn’t be disposed to obtain us till after the flag off of the distribution of the Agricultural inputs we got here to distribute to farmers within the state.

“This by no means held as he neither referred to as to inform them nor apologize.

“The day gone by, we have been to have viewers with the deputy governor upon arrival. We have been deserted in his mini Convention corridor as we waited for him for greater than an hour. Finally, he didn’t come to obtain us.

“We’re very upset”, she informed a journalist, asking whether or not the governor thought he was nonetheless in PDP that he would snub an APC federal authorities crew in his state.

“If we knew we’d obtain such a snubbish therapy we’d have checked out one other state which equally suffered flood catastrophe final yr after which conduct the flag off ceremony there”.

Talking, Okon Owuna mentioned he got here to the occasion in his official capability as commissioner for Agriculture, and to not symbolize the governor. He nevertheless recommended NEMA, assuring that the state authorities was glad for the agric inputs given to farmers within the state.

The state director normal of SEMA, Princewill Ayim graced the occasion and likewise recommended the NEMA crew for choosing the state for distribution of the agrochemicals to farmers who suffered catastrophe throughout final yr’s flood.

An official near the governor mentioned for the reason that minister couldn’t are available individual it was not very correct for the governor to attend in individual, which purpose he despatched a consultant, too.

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