The All Progressives Congress (APC) standard bearer in the 2015 governorship election in Cross River State, Mr. Odey Ochicha, has assessed the administration of the state Governor, Ben Ayade, in the last one year and concluded that it lacks policy direction.
Ochicha who made his position known on the performance of Ayade’s administration since the governor assumed office on May 29 last year, said: “One year after, Ayade is yet to design a cleared policy plan for his administration. His government has been characterised by inconsistency of policies.”
In Ochicha’s text conveying his goodwill massage to the people on the anniversary of 17 years of uninterrupted democracy in Nigeria, which was made available to THISDAY in Calabar yesterday he said: “The last one year has been a great loss for the state because it appears we have a governor without a government. It has been one year of unbridled lip service. What a pity!”
In specific terms, Ochicha who stated that Ayade has destroyed the state 16 years’ legacy in one year, lamented that “the state was known globally as the most peaceful and Calabar as the cleanest city in Nigeria.
“But shamefully, today, the state is not ranked among the first ten in terms of cleanliness and peace in the country. At times, I wonder if this is the Cross River State of Ayade’s dream or he is operating under the influence of what is yet to be known. The green and clean city of Calabar has become a shadow of itself.”
Although Ochicha commended Ayade for embarking on signature projects, he, however, faulted the implementation of the projects.
“On his signature projects, I want to commend him for conceiving the idea of establishing a garment factory, super highway, deep seaport among others. However, while the economic importance of these whole projects when accomplished is enormous, the governor must consider the feasibility of the projects considering the crunched economy of the state before even venturing into the projects.”