Saturday, 18 April 2020

8,000 automatic employment in C'River, Ayade makes U-turn Ayade, see new arrangements

8,000 automatic employment in C'River, Ayade makes U-turn Ayade, see new arrangements

The governor of Cross River state, sen. Prof. Ben Ayade had earlier in the week announced as part of his parlaitive measures to help cross Riverians cope with the effect of the ravaging covid-19, the automatic employment of over 8,000 youths between the ages of 18 and 35 into four categories of the state's civil service. 

The process of data gathering had raised serious criticism and condemnation from members of the public as it negates the social distancing recommendation by World Health Organization and reputable medical professionals. 

To this end the governor who initially asked the teeming job seekers to assembly at the premises of ministry of local government and chieftaincy affairs has now released a new arrangements for the data gathering. 

The new arrangements as contained in a statement signed by Christian Ita, the governor's aide on media and publicity reads thus: 

Our Ref: GO/PRESS/012/VOL.I/ 183  

APRIL 18. 2020

Press Release

In view of the surging and massive crowds witnessed in the last two days of registration for the 8000 automatic jobs announced by His Excellency, Sir Ben Ayade, the state government, out of concerns for public health safety, is constrained to announce the decentralization of the exercise.


1. All registration for the automatic job placement will now be at the village square level, arising from family unit/playground.

2. Names originating from the various family units are to be collated by village heads and forwarded to a local government coordinator that will be appointed by the COVID-19 Response Task Force.

3. The list will be verified and authenticated by the paramount rulers of each local government area and submitted to the COVID-19 Response Task Force.

4. Selected persons will be invited to an all expense paid induction course in Calabar in batches. 

5. After conclusion of the induction exercise, the selected persons will then be posted to their area of interest.

Please note that the salary to be earned will be tax free as it falls within the range of income exempted from tax by the state tax exemption law.

Christian Ita
Special Adviser
Media and Publicity to Governor

What is not cleared in this release is if those who had already succeeded in turning in their data are to do that again? Does this new arrangements nullify what has already been captured? 

Will the process of data gathering at the various play grounds and village square as directed by the governor not also gather crowd and as well bridge the social distancing recommendation?

Why wouldn't the digital governor of a digital state with a ministry of ICT and Robotic Artificial Intelligence not create a website or even a produce a goggle form for people to fill and gather this data online instead of assembling people to negate the social distancing recommendation?

Or is there anything the Cross River state government is not saying? Because I wonder why Ayade with all his intelligence and digital swag will  be gathering a crowd at this critical time when nations world over are distancing.

Please what's your take? Let's get your comments and reactions. Also share till it gets to appropriate quarters the world must hear this.