Saturday, 28 October 2017

Your drive to digitalize Cross River has earned you a name, SGWF President tells Ayade

|Ukorebi Esien| 28th October, 2017 

The President of Southern Governors’ Wives' Forum (SGWF), and wife of the Governor of Imo State, Her Excellency, Mrs. Nneoma Rochas Okorocha has said that governor Ayade’s drive to turn cross river state into a digital haven has earned him the name Digital.

The first lady of Imo state made this statement in Calabar, Friday when members of the SGWF paid the governor a courtesy visit at the cross river state executive chambers.

‘We heard you are a good leader who is in a hurry to deliver the dividends of democracy to his people, we heard of your wonderful projects: the super high way, the deep sea port, the garment factory, the rice mill etc and we are happy that they are all in line with the vision of SGWF’.
‘No wonder they call you Digital! Digital!! It is your drive to turn Cross River State into a digital haven that have earned you that name.' The first lady said.

The President of SGWF expressed happiness that governor Ayade’s projects are people’s oriented, especially the Garment factory that targets the empowerment and welfare of women and children, besides such noble projects as the ultra-modern rice mill, cocoa factory, the super highway and the Bakassi deep seaport, among others, stressing further that Ayade is in a hurry to provide democratic dividends that will impact positively on Cross Riverians.

Mrs. Okorocha who thanked Senator Ayade for granting them audience, disclosed that they were in the state for the last meeting of the forum for the last quarter of the years, and that the forum which comprises of wives of the governors of the South-South, South-East and south-West is committed to building bridges, development and understanding across the said geopolitical zones.

The SGWF President explained that the forum was instituted under the directive of the amiable wife of President Mohammadu Buhari, Mrs. Aisha Buhari to bring together wives of the governors’ in Nigeria and those from the Southern states in particular, and that the focus of the forum is the empowerment of women and children and appealed for support from Governor Ayade and his colleagues and brothers of the Southern Governors forum.

Speaking earlier in her opening remarks, the cross river state first lady, Dr. Mrs. Linda Ayade who is playing host to members of the forum said the her sisters were in the state for their usual summit and that it was necessary that they paid the governor who she said is the brain behind all what she is today.

In his response, the Governor of Cross River, Senator Ben Ayade expressed appreciation to the Southern Governors Wives Forum for choosing Calabar to host the last meeting of the forum for 2017, and disclosed that in Cross River, the people understand the strategic role of women and need for the empowerment of women for the good of the society.

Ayade said that the various projects being undertaken by his administration have direct bearing and positive impact on the people, especially the garment factory which employs 98 percent women and widows in particular as its employees, stressing that the women forum which is a social platform for integration and development of the southern states of Nigeria has been consistent in holding its meetings, thereby complimenting the men’s forum.

The Cross River Governor who said that Africa need to move forward, explained that black is no longer issue of colour but an attitude, and that his administration is doing everything to ensure that the people of the state to imbibe the spirit of enterprise and dream higher, adding, he charged the SGWF members to take time off their crowed schedules to visit the garment factory and other scenic places in Calabar.

Finally, the governor advised them to keep up the good work they are doing in unity.
High point of the occasion was presentation of souvenir to all first ladies present by the governor.