Tuesday, 15 June 2021

The Legacy Uche Secondus Talked About by Ekpenyong Isaiah

Please, I urge you to read this

The recent inauguration of the PDP Secretariat Annex in Calabar and the speech of the National Chairman of the party, reminding the good people of Cross River State of how the present governor of the State, Prof. Ben Ayade has destroyed all the legacies of the Donald Duke/Lyel Imoke era, reminds me of how black the black man is, and how politics can be played without conscience in a state and country that urgently needs development.

For the sake of the people of Cross River State, I will lay the facts bare about the legacy Chief Uche Secondus talked about, quoting Aniekan Akpan of the Guardian Newspaper as reported in their Sunday Magazine of 22nd May, 2015.

"AMIDST financial uncertainty, Cross River State Government is said to be wobbling in huge internal debt profile of over N403 billion and external debt of about $100 million.

Out of this figure, the Donald Duke, is said to have left behind a N79 billion debt for the present Senator Liyel Imoke-led government. Some of the debts are from the recent bond the state secured through a commercial bank. Others are debt owed contractors and others. And worse still, salaries have not been paid, as at when due. The state now uses two months allocations to settle workers' pay and civil servants are grumbling. January salary is just being paid.

Allocation from the Federation Account though regular, is poor, due to heavy deductions at source resulting from the state's huge debt.
Activities in the state have almost come to a halt, as several projects, such as the stadium extension; various roads and many others have been suspended. The Ukwa Ibom Efik Eburutu road is one of such roads that was suspended.

A retired civil servant, Comrade Philomena Eyo, who is now into small scale business, said, "the financial status of Cross River State is so bad that retired civil servants that live on drugs and the aged, who cannot afford to eat or drink, are just dying."

Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State proposed a 2015 Budget size of N149.442 billion, saying the sum would, in line with previous appropriation estimates, cover a capital/recurrent expenditure rate of 60:40 per cent as a way of propelling growth and development in the state.
Due to dwindling finances of the state, he said that the proposed budget represents a decrease of N26.87 Billion over the 2014 appropriation. However, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Professor Kelvin Ogon Etta, puts the total debt burden of the state at over N403 billion, describing it as worrisome and frightening.

The octogenarian said that Cross River State debt profile was about 80 billion after the exit of Duke in 2007, and expressed worry that the current N403 billion debt would place the state in a very uncomfortable situation and successive regimes would also find it difficult to develop infrastructure.

He said, "it might well be that, like Tinapa, they might have to equally sell off more public infrastructure in the state in order to get even; but this will be at the expense of future generations." -Aniekan Akpan Guardian Newspaper, 22nd May, 2015.

Dear people of Cross River State, read to the last paragraph and mark the last paragraph very well and you will see that what is happening today was foretold.

Now, mention one of the Donald Duke/Lyel Imoke projects that were still functioning till Gov. Ben Ayade became governor with the huge debt they accumulated that is affecting us today? 


Lies will not help us develop Cross River State.

Ekpenyong Isaiah-isababa 
Commander, Infantry Pen Battallion