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New Cross River culture, tourism commissioner calls on staff to work harder in remaining months of administration


Ntufam Ekpenyong Iso, left, addresses some of the staff of his Ministry

By Akpan David, Calabar

Newly sworn-in Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Cross River State, Ntufam Ekpenyong Iso has called on workers in the ministry to be ready to work harder in the remainder five months of Governor Ben Ayade administration.

He made the call Monday when he resumed work in his office in Calabar, inspected offices and took time to meet all directors and other civil servants in his ministry.

He even appealed that those that were to retire from service shortly should be ensure a bit longer.

Iso said, “All hands must be on deck. Those that were on annual leave should cut short their vacation immediately. Those who were about to retire in the next few months should be patient with me.”

The commissioner said within the few months he will function, Tourism activities will be impactful even as he has directed the directors in charge of culture to list out extents of coverage.

He assured that as he embarks on visits to other arms of the ministry, he will ensure that they are maximally activated.

The commissioner called on workers and stakeholders to be ready to reinvent the State as the tourism headquarters of the country.

Ntufam Ekpenyong Iso

According to Iso, several activities are going to take place during the elapsing five months of Ayade’s administration.

He appealed to the civil servants who were already on leave or about to round up their services to suspend and extend their services to the end of the tenure of the state government.

“I will want all personnel in this ministry to cooperate with me as we work to reinvent tourism business in the state and reposition it as the number one hub for tourists, fun-seekers and culture.

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