By Emma Una
CALABAR- MR Goddy Akpama a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Cross River State has commended Senator Ben Ayade of Cross River State for his purposeful effort in seeking alternative to oil in boosting the state’s economy.
Akpama in a statement made available to Vanguard on Friday stated that with the value of oil is rapidly dwindling and economies that depend on oil are going through hard times and as such the only option for any government is to seek for an alternative source of revenue if it is genuinely interested in the development of the state and creating jobs for its people.
Akpama who was former Chairman of the Inter Party Advisory Council, IPAC, in the state stated that since Ayade took over the mantle of leadership of the state, he has conscientiously sought ways of steering the economy of the state away from dependence on national allocation which comes mainly from oil and such effort deserve commendation.
“He has adapted a genuine approach to achieving this by seeking to invest in first class infrastructure that would be self financing such as the garment and textile factory, the deep sea port and the 275 kilometre superhighway among others” Akpama wrote.
According to him, this effort has attracted many investors to the state and in view of the reality of the poor finances of the state, the investors would take the responsibility of financing the construction of those infrastructure and exploration of the mineral resources discovered in the state.
‘The government in a bid to diversify the economy of the state has moved to exploring other resources such as agriculture, solid minerals, and its tourism drive, an area of advantage that will take the state several notches up”.
He called on the people of the state to rally round the governor as he works to change the fortunes of the state which will be for future generations.