Former Presidential Adviser on National Assembly Matters, Senator Dr.Florence Ita-Giwa, at the weekend was full of praises and commendations for the governor of Cross River State, Professor Ben Ayade, for standing up and identifying with the deprived people of Bakassi.
In a statement released to journalists, Ita-Giwa said that she was impressed that Ayade was speaking for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Bakassi, noting that previous government’s had not shown any commitment to the struggle of her people.
She added that it was rare to see a sitting governor who is also an activist who feels the pulse of his people like Ayade is doing, adding that the people of Bakassi and the entire people of Cross River would forever be grateful to him.
The statement read in part: I want to use this medium again to appreciate my governor, Ayade for speaking in behalf of the displaced people of Bakassi.
It is commendable because he is not just seated in the comfort of his home and office to talk about their plights but visits them and gather first-hand information about their sufferings.
The people of Bakassi have suffered a lot perhaps because we are the minority and it is in the light of this that we express profound gratitude to him for all his good works and concerns for the Bakassi people.
“I am also using this medium to call on the federal government to pay attention to the displaced people of Bakassi as he is doing to the IDP’s in the North-east. The rain season is here and it may get worse for them if they are not taken care of adequately