Monday, 22 July 2019

I am satisfied with the level of projects ongoing in the state, but... – Peter Odey

Rt. Hon. Peter Odey leader of the house
And member representing Ogoja state constituency at the CRSHA

22 July, 2019|Ukorebi Esien

The leader of the Cross River State House of Assembly and member representing Ogoja State constituency in the 9th Assembly, Rt. Hon. Peter Odey has expressed satisfaction on the level work ongoing in the numerous projects embarked upon by the leadership of Governor Ben Ayade. 

Odey, who was addressing newsmen in his office, specifically pointed out that the level of  work going on in the rice processing mill under construction in Ogoja is quite impressive even as he expressed optimism that the project when fully completed and operational will turn around the economic fortune of Ogoja and that of the state at large. 

Also commenting on other projects,especially those in the state capital, the assembly leader, disclosed that projects such as the Garment Factory, the Rice seed and Seedlings Factory, Calypharm, and other projects in the Ayade's industrial park are all exceptional and well thought out projects that will help decouple the state from her over dependence on the federal allocation.,

However, the lawmaker revealed that for these projects to be viable and have long lasting economic value on the state, privatization becomes eminent.
According to him "Government has no business with doing business, the government's job is to provide an enabling environment and policies to attract investors and entrepreneurs". He said.  

"If I can advise the governor, I would advise him to, as soon as possible, go into privatisation. If as it is right now, we privatise the Garment Factory to my friend here and he has put in some money, he would want to get his money back; then he propels garment factory to have their products in the market so that he would get his money back. If you put these industries in the hands of private individuals, business men who want to have a return on investment the state will benefit. 

"We all know the attitude of persons to government businesses. It is difficult for government to run businesses across the world, government create the environment for businesses to come and run in the state."  He Added.

Speaking further on a related development, Hon. Odey told our correspondence that the House of Assembly doesn't have the constitutional powers to curtail the numerous travels of the governor, given the fact that most of his journeys are on working visits, except on few occasions where he proceeded on medical vacation or leave and at such times a letter to that effect was duly transmitted to the house authorising the deputy to act as the acting governor as required by the law. 

He also noted that virtually all the industries and factories scattered across the state are all products of the governor's numerous journeys as such it will only be counter productive and out of place for the legislature to question the governor's travel that are within the ambit of the law and "evidently we all can see the outcome of those journeys". He. Concluded.