Prof. Eyo Etim Nyong on Thursday before the State executive members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State laid his vision and programmes of action for the state.
Speaking while paying homage to the state exco and making a formal declaration of his desire to succeed Governor Ben Ayade by first emerging as his party’s flagbearer Prof. Nyong who is a certified High Chief in the Palace of the Obong of Calabar, noted that his vision and programmes for the state has been comprehensively captured in a booklet which he has made available to the state chairman of the party but he will summarize to others.
Nyong, a professor of petroleum geology who had the opportunity during the military era to serve as commissioner in more than three ministries and also he became the pioneer commissioner representing the state in the pioneer board of the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC under civilian administration former President Olusegun Obasanjo where he led the committee that developed the renowned Niger Delta Master plan, noted that a good intentions in government is the hallmarks of good governance which his administration will adopt .
According to him, Cross River State is richly endowed with agriculture and solid mineral resources as well as rich maritime, resources , ecosystems and biodiversity endowments.
He identified the current efforts of the incumbent governor towards leveraging the State rich endowments through creating allied industries and initiatives for both the deep seaport and the superhighway.
The deep seaport and the superhighway hold a lot of economic value that can be unlocked, when brought to fruition, he declared.
He posited that he has the right connections that can attract the right partners and investment to see through the initiatives.
He listed all the industrial initiatives of Governor Ayade and said if given the mandate, his administration will adopt a different workable model and frameworks in the operations of these industries and mega projects to ensure their sustainability.
“We will ‘corporatized’ the industries and by the ‘corporatization’ policy, ownership will be separated from management to allow them run on commercial bases”.
Responding, the state chairman of the APC Alphonsus Eba Esq. said Prof. Eyo Etim Nyong is not only an erudite professor but distinguished man who deserves the opportunity to lead the state and sustain all the programs and initiatives of government for the benefits of the people.
He noted that since 1999 under the legacy All Progressive Party APP, prof. Nyong had been a household name and an aspirant who was robbed of victory in the governorship race but he has remain committed to public service and the aspiration for a better Cross River State.
He advised that delegates of the APC for the forthcoming primaries of the party are at liberty to make the choice of the party flag bearer, hence, aspirants should convince them to vote rightly and wisely.