PROFILE OF Governor Ben Ayade
Since assuming office in 2015 as Cross River State Governor, Sir Ben Ayade has ignited an industrial revolution that has positioned the state on the pedestal of sustainable economic growth.
Governor Ayade has built factories across the state, providing job opportunities for youths and women, rebuilding the state’s decrepit infrastructure, as well as empowering his people economically with his agricultural transformation agenda.
Fondly referred to as the ‘digital governor’ by his admirers, every step taken by Governor Benedict Bengioushuye Ayade validates the pivotal role education and exposure play in the governance system in the 21st century knowledge-driven economy.
Ever sassy and focused, he has redefined what scientific and deliberate leadership is all about.
The cumulative effect of Ayade’s scientific and calculated approach to governance has, indeed, crystalised into an industrial revolution that is gradually redirecting Cross River State to the path of sustainable economic growth in the last five years.
What Governor Ayade has turned Cross River to today bears eloquent testimony of what is possible when a combination of education, determination and dint of hard work is encapsulated in one man.
As part of his industrialization drive, the governor landscaped the vast marshy area around the Jonathan By-pass in Calabar where he erected an imposing structure of 5000sqm floor space Garment Factory. This factory provides employment opportunity for over three thousand unemployed youths and widows.
Below is a quick glance at some of Ayade’s achievements:
- Rice Seeds and Seedlings Factory, Calabar
- The Cross River Feed Mill, Calabar
- Calachika, a 24000 per day Frozen Chicken Factory, Calabar
- Cross River Toothpick Factory, Ekori, Yakurr
- Cross River ultra-modern Cocoa Processing Factory, Ikom
- Calabar Pharmaceutical Factory
- Nigeria’s first vitaminised rice mill, Ogoja
- Piles and Pylon Factory, Akamkpa
- Roofing Tiles Factory, Yala
- Teachers Continuous Training College, Biase
- British-Canadian School, Obudu
- Bio-fertilizer Factory, Calabar
- Dualisation of 100km of 145km dual carriage Mfom-Okpoma-Bekwarra-Obudu- Obanliku highway
- 23 megawatts power plant in Calabar completed and already powering street lights in the town
- 26 megawatts gas fired power plant at Tinapa is nearing completion.
- Ongoing construction of Boki East-West road
- 52 units of fully furnished two- bed room flats, an ultra-modern housing estate for Bakassi returnees
- Ongoing construction of Obudu International Airport
- Groundnut Oil Factory, Bekwarra
- Ongoing construction of referral hospitals in Obudu and Akpabuyo local government areas.
- Ongoing dualisation of Calabar-Odukpani highway