Soccer clubs in Cross River State, Wednesday, got a major boost as the state Governor, Professor Ben Ayade donated two new coaster buses to both the Rovers Football Club of Calabar and the Pelican Stars.
The Governor made this announcement when the teams led by the chairman of Rovers Football Club, Maurice Inok visited the Government House to endorse him for a second term in office.
Speaking during the visit, Inok enumerated Ayade’s achievements in his three years in office, adding that Cross Riverwas blessed to have Ayade as Governor.
“We want to thank the Governor for payrolling the players of Rovers and Pelican Stars and for the prompt payment of monthly imprest to the teams.
“There has never been a time we called on you for assistance and we get turned down, you have always stood by us and for this we are grateful.
“We have followed your administration’s success over the years and I must say we are highly impressed. From having the highest number of youths in your government in the country, to building world class factories in the state, all of these can only be achieved by a visionary leader like you.”
Inok used the opportunity to highlight some of the challenges facing the teams and prayed the Governor’s assistance in tackling these issues.
Responding, Governor Ayade expressed satisfaction with the performance of the teams despite the challenges they face.
“I am quite amazed that you have been able to perform at this level despite all the issues you have mentioned here today. It shows the spirit of commitment on your part and as a government we must have to play our role,” he said.
The governor made a personal donation of one coaster bus to each of the teams and also increased the teams impress from N3m to N5m monthly.
Speaking further, Governor Ayade also announced that 100 members of the Cross River State supporters’ would be on monthly salary with effect from January, 1 2018.