Wednesday, 18 July 2018

BussinesDay Awards Ayade Best performing Governor in Agriculture



Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade has won BusinessDay Newspaper Award for the Best Performing Governor in Agriculture.

The Newspaper said the award was in recognition of Professor Ayade's revolutionary strides in Agriculture.

Only recently, President Muhammadu Buhari was in Calabar, the Cross River state capital, to commission Africa's first and only Rice seeds and Seedling Factory.

The factory is one of professor Ayade's signature agricultural projects. 
At the commissioning, President Buhari commended the governor for keying into the economic diversification policy of his administration by investing heavily in agriculture, describing him as a reference point in the agricultural revolution.

Professor Ayade who has often spoken of his determination to decouple Cross River State from over-dependence on oil-driven federal allocation through diversification of the state's economy is also building an ultramodern rice mill in Ogoja, a 30000 per anum cocoa processing plant in Ikom.

He has also established a cotton farm in Woda, Yala,  Banana Plantation in Odukpani. Work has also commenced on the Calabar ultra modern poultry farm and yellow maize farm in Obubra  among others.

The Business Day Award which will be conferred on the governor on Thursday, July 19, 2018, at the prestigious Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, is the latest in a string of awards that have been conferred on Professor Ayade in recognition of his achievements since assuming office three years ago.

He had previously won the Vanguard Newspaper Governor of The Year Award, Authority Newspaper Governor of The Year Award, Tell Magazine Man of The Year Award and The Most Labour Friendly Governor Award from the organized Labour.

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