By Ene Asuquo
The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Eric Anderson stated that he is on a mission to reawaken the information machinery to bring citizens and residents of the State up to speed on the strides of the present administration.
Commissioner Anderson mentioned that, beginning with the Ministries of Rural Transformation and Quality Education, the ministerial press briefing will provide Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Cross River Government the avenue to reel their respective scorecards to the media to enhance information on the Ayade-led government’s performance.
Briefing the press on the deliverables of his Ministry, the Commissisioner for Rural Transformation, Mr. Edem Okokon Effiom told journalists that his Ministry’s mandate is to turn rural communities to semi-urban towns, referencing Francois Perroux’s Growth Pole Theory as a standpoint.
The Commissioner further stated that government intervention through his Ministry began with the Ipong area of Obudu, where infrastructure and other social amenities were provided to the four communities that make up Ipong.
He revealed that Obudu and Obanliku Local Government Areas average about two boreholes per community, taking the financial expenditure to the tune of 11.3 million naira. He also said similar interventions are going on in Yala and Bekwarra Areas simultaneously.
Dwelling on needs assessment as a yardstick for intervention, Commissioner Okokon said, his his Ministry also funded the Ministry of Social Housing to upgrade houses at Becheve community, up the Ranch Resort. He hinted that with the restoration of peace in the war-torn Ibom-Ebijiakara areas of Abi, government is making concerted effort to improve the living conditions of the people.
Effiom however lamented the wanton destruction of the 1.2 billion-rated 52-unit Housing Estate in Bakassi by the ill-conceived EndSars mayhem, blaming the people of the southern senatorial district of not taking ownership of government property in their areas.
Similar, commissioner for quality Education in the State, Dr. Godwin Amanke while presenting his ministry’s scorecard, highlighted the teacher’s continuous training institute in Biase which he said is completed and running with hostels for teachers and facilitators, lthe printing press and several other primary and secondary school intervention through SUBEB
He further disclosed that his Ministry is embarking on digitalizing the education system in the state, revealing that works are on going digitally to get the exact data of pupils, students and teachers in different schools in the state.