Four Cross River assembly members ask Governor Ayade to account for N19b refund from Nigeria government


Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State

By Akpan David, Calabar

Four members of the Cross River State House of Assembly have called on Governor Ben Ayade to give account of the sum of N19 Billion which he received from federal government in respect of repairs of federal roads.

Speaking to journalists when they received three more special advisers and commissioners that resigned from Governor Ayade’s government over inability to defect with the governor to APC.

The four law makers who themselves have also refused to defect to APC are Nelson Ofem, Fred Osim, Efa Esua and Friday Ukpache.

According to them, he hardly consults with the assembly but takes unilateral decision even on critical projects that would gulp staggering state resources.

Fred Osim, their spokesman maintained that many of the much-trumpeted 35 signature projects of the government, for instance, did not pass through the scrutiny of the assembly.

“We can tell you that those projects are all scams. Look at the superhighway which he dragged the president to come and do the ground breaking ceremony. Look at the Bakassi deep seaport. Six years they are still on he drawing board. They will not be completed. They will not work. He is a liar, he said.

Reacting, the chief press secretary to Governor Ayade, Christian ita said they were not telling the truth, adding that all the projects passed through due processes,, and that many are now up and running.

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