Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has called on politicians to focus more on the people.
The governor stated this on Tuesday during the 2018 Democracy Day celebration in the State.
“Cross River has never had it so good like this where almost every family has somebody in government.
“This is the secret because in a sluggish and developing economy, the focus is on the people, infrastructure is secondary.
“When people have not eaten you cannot be thinking of doing a road for them,” Ayade remarked.
He said that it was to this end that he focused on the expansion of government as his first term policy, while providing food on the table for all.
“I do what my people like and that is why you are seeing all these enthusiasm.”
“When we move from this level to a level where hunger is no more and insurance works for our people and they are guaranteed of a decent livelihood, then you move to the next phase which is infrastructure.
“Whether you are in opposition or the ruling party, just focus on your people and you will see that the conflict in your state will be less,” he said.
On the stability of democracy in the country, having enjoyed 19 uninterrupted years, Ayade said, “I feel sad that 19 years after, we still have this kind of democracy.
“If Nigeria is a leading country in Africa, this is not the kind of democracy I will expect from Nigeria. I expect to see more finesse and more educated people in politics; I expect to see a better character as it is not normal that in every election there has to be this level of tension.”
Ayade who frowned at reports of assassination and killings across the country, stressed the need for politicians to open the horizon by empowering people in order to check the level of turbulence associated with electioneering periods.
“Already, I have started hearing of assassinations and killings. He who is killing somebody will die one day,” the governor said, even as he rhetorically asked, “don’t you feel ashamed that you take a life, go and sleep and expect that your children will succeed by stopping another man’s progress?”
Cross River commissioner for Information, Mrs Rosemary Archibong, in an interview remarked that the third year anniversary of the Prof Ben Ayade’s administration was worth celebrating as the governor had turned the state into an industrial hub.
The event marking the celebration in the state saw various groups, including men, women, students, workers, youths who defiled the rain, as they joyfully drove round the capital city in a motorcade chanting solidarity songs for Ayade and his team for tremendously transforming their lives as evident in the long term projects spread across the three senatorial districts of the state.