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Otu Breaks The Jinx, Takes Bullish Development To The People 


Gov. Bassey Otu

In what is seen by many as impossible, Governor Bassey Otu has commenced a bullish effort to boost the economy and the people of Cross River state executing eye popping projects and programmes under seven months.  

The State Governor, Senator Bassey Otu announced this on Wednesday in a State Executive Council meeting that adopted a mouth watering resolutions that will move the state forward.

Top on the list is a 100 Million Euros investment the governor is attracting to the state for the restoration of 57,000 hectares of degraded mangroves in the State, amongst many. 

Council presided over by Governor Otu received a special address from Governor Otu in which he apprised Council of the modest achievements of his Peoples’ First Administration in the last Seven Months, including embarking on aggressive drive to reduce fiscal wastage and subsidize productivity in a manner that will foster long term prosperity as well as other bold reforms that is intentionally dealing with the fundamentals from bottom to top approach.

The State Commissioner for Information, Erasmus Ekpang in statement made available to some newsmen on Wednesday highlighted some of the Governor’s milestones to include :

* Commencement of Soil survey/fertility mapping of Cross River State 

* Aggressive Elevation of the State Oil Palm Production Status with the development of 3.5 Million Oil Palm Seedlings Nurseries in 13 designated locations across the State. 

* Commenced the Single Largest agricultural productivity reform with the launch of the Transparent  and digitally managed N30billion commercial agric development fund called “Project Grow”.

* To promote all year-round agricultural  production, the administration approved the Cross River State-Wide Irrigation Infrastructure Development Project (SWIID).

* To attract investment in the Cassava Sub-sector, the State has developed a Cassava Value Chain Development Policy frame work to public private partnerships due to be lunched this December,2023.

* Approved and commenced the Extension of the current Small Holder Cocoa Development Scheme to include development of Cocoa Estate in Akamkpa, Akpabuyo, Odukpani, Ikom Obubra and Bekwara L.G.A. under PHASE 1 while regeneration of existing ones are on-going.

* Commenced the Home Stead farming project  to mitigate food insecurity and high cost of food.

Aside the agricultural sector, other areas which Governor Otu had made impact are:

** Upgrading of Joint Hospital Ikom to a General Hospital.

** Rehabilitation and Maintenance of Internal Roads in the Calabar metropolis.

** On-going beautification of Round-Abouts and Road junctions Across the State for  the Christmas festival and Carnival Calabar 2023.

** Signed an MOU for the establishment of a 1GW Solar PV Manufacturing Plant to be located at the Free Trade Zone.

** Also attracted 100 Million Euros Investment for the restoration of 57,000 hectares of degraded mangroves in the State, amongst many other achievements. 

As a further commitment to build on these achievements, Council deliberated and approved the following:

1. Council approved a memo by the Commissioner for Information to commence Strategic Upgrade of some key equipment/facilities at the Cross River Broadcasting Corporation to achieve wider reach and improved programming for the overall benefits of the citizenry.

2. In furtherance of the commitment of the Governor, Bassey Edet Otu led administration to make roads in the Capital City Calabar more motorable and further improve the living standards of  residents, improve the peoples’ living standard as well as boost the serenity and security of the environment, Council approve.

a. Construction of the combined 2km Nyong Edem/Eyo Okon and Effio-Ette-Ikot Eyo link roads in Calabar Municipality using concrete pavement.

b. The rehabilitation and maintenance of some roads in Calabar Metropolis by the State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure under direct labour.

c. The Rehabilitation and Maintenance of the 1.9 kilometres Heavily trafficked Esuk Utan Road, Leading to the NNPC Depot and other Tank Farms with the Intention of Dualizing, Increasing and Strengthening the carriageway and proper drainage construction.

Finally, in the spirit of the Season of Sweetness, Governor Otu directed the distribution of 60 Bags of Rice to each of the 196 political Wards across the State to support the people in the Christmas celebration.


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