Cross River State’s Ben Ayade has confessed his inability to live up to the promises he made to Cross Riverians while on his way to Government House in 2014, however, fingering rain as his encumbrance.
“Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state has lamented that incessant rains in parts of the state have debarred him from completing his many projects in the state before next year’s governorship election,” reports Eyo Charles of Daily Trust.
In Ayade’s view, this year, the rains have been very heavy even still now, November, and as such, some of his projects he awaited the rain to commence or complete were suffering setbacks.
The governor cited a few ongoing road construction in the Northern part of the state, the Mfom-Yala-Bekwarra-Obudu ranch road, for example where work had long commenced as one of the victims of the rains.
According to the governor, “it is like doing the job twice. They have finished preparing this place, ready for stone base. Now, because of the heavy rain, they have to do another redressing, getting it ready yet again, which is another full earthworks, full compaction in readiness for stone base.”
Whereas, it is not surprising that Governor Ayade was making an excuse for failing to live up to the promises, he made, it is however strange that the governor could use rain as a cover-up after previously stating that the only thing holding back those projects was Federal Government’s approval, now, the projects have been approved but Mr. Governor is already telling a different story.
Recall that, aside the clearing of forests and initial clearing of the swamp at Esuk Usung Iwang Beach in Esighi for the super highway and deep seaport projects, respectively, nothing has ever been done in any of those sites and Cross Riverians may now have to turn to the Almighty God (Allah) to beg for seized rains in order for their governor’s promises to come alive.