Thursday, 9 December 2021

Gershom Bassey Unveils Plans for C'River, Vows to Consolidate on Ayade's, Others Efforts

The Senator representing cross river Southern senatorial district for a second term in the Red Chambers of the National Assembly, Sen. Geshom Bassey has never hidden his intention to occupy the number one seat in the state, but what he haven't made public is his plans for that office not until today while engaging a cross section of Cross River State Youths. 

Bassey, who had headed the state's world bank assisted water project, Cross River Water Board for about sixteen years before heading to the Senate told the youths that he is ready to build on existing structures of both the current and past administration to ensure the state works again. 

Alternatively, the lawmaker rumored to be a part of the so much talked about three wise men of Cross River State said he doesn't mind creating new direct investment that will move the state forward either to support or should those of his predecessors fail. Bassey said this, while answering questions from young persons present. 

When asked what he was his own agenda is, considering the numerous uncompleted projects littered across the state as Donald Duke focused tourism, Liyel Imoke concentrated on Rural transformation and Ben Ayade concentrated on industrialisation? In responding, Bassey said his focus and agenda will be to embrace all the abandoned and ongoing projects of Duke, Imoke and Ayade and ensure "progress,  prosperity,  economic development, security and a better Cross River State.

"All previous administrations had one common goal and  are from the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and the projects were sighted towards the economic development of Cross River State.  Tinapa was not meant to be a shopping centre. It is to boost the economy of the state,  create jobs and to create a bigger and better economy.

"The rural development drive of Governors Imoke and the industrialisation drive of Ayade all are aimed towards achieving one economic goal . To create jobs,  create wealth amongst the citizenry. The mind set is not about creating a competition amongst the three administrations. If you do that it gives you a wrong narrative of the present state of the state .

"Today I am saying I will make an impact to the economy of the state if elected the governor. I will make the private sector more attractive than the public sector. Hence I am ready to partner with the youths".

On insecurity currently plaguing the state and the country, the lawmaker informed that insecurity is a function of weak local governments system, stating that the constitution is clear as to the role of governors concerning local government areas.

In his words; "Even though I can only talk about my state but  generally in Nigeria, you know that local government has a very vital role to play in security issues architecture because when you have an effective local government a lot of intelligence come from there as it concerns security. But when you have  a weak institution,  it becomes a big problem to manage. The constitution is clear on the local government and all you have to do is to follow the constitution. The governors sometimes complicate issues and this is not democratic at all".

Bassey also acknowledged that young persons are the future, thus the need to partner with them to achieve a better Cross River State, stating that aside working with the youths, as a democrat, the local government structure, legislative and judiciary arms of government will be empowered to be effective as partners in the business of developing the state. 

Speaking earlier, Barr. Ekpo Adah, the Director General of Gershom Bassey campaign organization, informed that Cross River State need a governor who will reposition the state, stating what is needed at this dire time, the state is indeed of need a man with experience to create wealth for everyone instead of sharing peanuts