The Governor of Cross River State, Southern Nigeria, Professor Ben Ayade has assented to the 2018 appropriation law tagged “Budget of Kinetic Crystallization”.
Pegged at 1.3 trillion naira, Governor Ayade signed the bill into law in the presence of State legislators led by the Speaker, John-Gaul Lebo as well as members of his cabinet.
Shortly after the brief ceremony, Ayade requested a priest, who incidentally is his Special Adviser on Religious Matter, Reverend Father Bob Etta to commit the historic budget to God.
In an emotion laden voice, Governor Ayade said “the State must create a new vista, prospect, horizon and income pattern that will define us by what we are and not what the world sees us to be”.
According to the tearful Ayade, the huge budget was driven by “a conscious determination anchored on very clear ambition with timelines and performance indicators that measure for the people what they expect to achieve to effect the desired positive changes”.
“It is clear that there will be conflicts between expectations and what we will get. “Cross River State is in need of a stabilizing factor such as a budget of this nature to cushion the impact of internal some crisis that may arise,” said Ayade
He noted that in the past 35 months, his administration has achieved certain milestones such as securing approval for the proposed 260 kilometres super highway project; completed a detailed design of the proposed deep seaport project; achieved the Environmental Impact Assessment, EIA, approvals for the two proposed projects as well as commenced the dualisation of the Calabar-Odukpani federal highway.
While urging the people to support the government to succeed, he stressed “we are focused on human capital development, which means putting food on the table. Our upgraded agenda is ‘food on the table, hands on the plough’”.
Earlier, the Speaker of the State Assembly, John-Gaul Lebo assured that legislators would perform its oversight functions to ensure that the budget benefits the people.