A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mba Ukweni, has berated Governor Ben Ayade’s journey with the 18 native authorities council chairmen, massive numbers of commissioners and different unspecified authorities officers within the state to France for over every week.
He mentioned the journey is of no financial or political worth to the state, including that it’s a jamboree and a sheer waste of scarce state assets.
Ukweni informed DAILY POST that each one the international journeys he equally embarked upon over time have by no means added any worth to the state, stressing that “the journey is meaningless to the folks of the state.”
Penultimate weekend, the governor mentioned the journey was obligatory as it will afford him, the council chairmen and commissioners to study new data and attend an agric summit in France.
Expressing unhappiness, Ukweni mentioned the staggering sums invested within the journey would have been sufficient to repair all of the potholes in Calabar and different massive cities within the state.
He mentioned the journey has not additionally added any worth to the commissioners and council chairmen aside from the estacode.
The SAN additionally expressed displeasure over the governor’s desire to journey to France as a substitute of attending the South-South governors’ discussion board assembly which was held on the identical time in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
“His continuous absence from that assembly may be very detrimental to Cross River State. It’s surprising and really embarrassing that the governor can abandon such an vital assembly and journey to France for socialising.
“Ayade just isn’t doing the state properly in any respect by his incessant absence on the governors’ assembly. It’s a disservice to the folks of Cross River and southern Nigeria.
“What he’s doing just isn’t governance. He’s solely concerned with fanfare.”
In the meantime, the Deputy Governor, Prof Ivara Esu, nevertheless, defended why neither the Governor nor himself attended the South-South governors discussion board’s assembly.
“The governor had permitted the sum of N3m to allow me signify him however the financial institution didn’t launch the cash. In addition to, upon coming back from Ogoja the earlier night time after official engagements, I used to be too fatigued to go away for Port Harcourt the following morning for the assembly.”
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