Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Ayade goes tough suspends more aides, orders investigation of two MDAs


Governor of Cross River State, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade in what seems like a sanitation of the system while resolving to "Finish Strong" has approves the suspension of Mr. Gabe Onah as Chairman, Carnival Commission.

The suspension is coming few days after the Commission organized and had the first ever Calabar Carnival award to recognize some eminent personalities whose contributions have gone unnoticed since the establishment of the Calabar Carnival.

The suspension is the second since the Governor made his declaration of finishing strong which saw to the suspension of the Chairman of IRS, Mr. Akpanke Ogar and the SA, Media, Miss Ursula Agbor. Like the former, details of the reason for the suspension were not revealed, however, according to the press release, the suspension takes immediate effect.

Recalled that since the establishment of the Commission, Mr. Gab Onah has been on ground and conducting the affairs of the Commission. He is well schooled on the working of the carnival having attended several training on the growth and development of tourism with particular reference to carnival development.

According to some Cross Riverians who reacted to the suspension, they faulted the timing of the suspension which as earlier mentioned came up shortly after the award night conducted by the Commission. For them, Mr. Onah is storehouse on the affairs of carnival which remains untapped given his many years of experience in the industry. For others however, Mr. Onah has overstayed his welcome having been there from time immemorial, his ideas were becoming defective, hence he should give way to fresh hands and ideas. However, the Governor has not named any replacement to take up from the suspended Mr. Gab Onah.

Similarly, Gov Ayade has also approved of the investigation into the activities Ministry of Lands & Urban Development and the Cross River Geographic Information Agency (CRGIA), sets up committees to carry out these tasks.

According to the press release signed by the Special Adviser Media to the Governor, Mr. Christian Ita, Mrs. Franca Inok, the Auditor General for Local Government will serve as chairman of the committee, Mr. Efem Eja and Mrs. Agede Ibe will serve as members.

Whereas Mr. Henry Ojogu, a former accountant general in the state will act as Chairman, Mr. Michael Mbang, Prince Ekanem Ekpo Nya will serve as members of the committee to investigate the activities of the Cross River Geographic & Information Agency.

The committee will investigate the activities of the agency from 2015 on matters concerning ground rent and building approval of all new property.

Interestingly, the agency according to reliable information was almost grounded as they were faced with multiplicity of problems especially in the discharge of their duties. The source went on to mention the overbearing interference as one of the challenges of the agency

Source: Primetimenewsonline.com