Ben Ayade

Cross River, Nigerian Army Break ground for Multi billion Naira Mega City

nigerian-army-cross-river-state-partners-for-housing-development-2In an effort aimed at addressing the housing needs of retired army personnel as well as the housing deficit in the state, Cross River State Government in conjunction with the Nigerian Army today performed the ground breaking ceremony for a new city to be known as Ayade Mega City in Adiabo, Odukpani Local Government Area.

At the colourful ceremony jointly performed by the state governor, Professor Ben Ayade and the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, Ayade urged the army to ensure the housing designs reflect the green and eco friendly status which the state is known for.

“The focus of the design should be on nature as you have a very rich, organic and pristine soil. We have a wonderful climate, and no matter how sunny, it is never very hot. You couldn’t have made a choice of a better location than Cross River and we are happy that we are partnering with the Nigerian Army.”

Continuing, the governor stressed the need for the design of the mega city to remain green and eco friendly in line with international standards where 10 trees are recommended for a single building.

Reasoning that the choice of Cross River for such an investment was timely, suitable, adequate and  consistent with economic principles, Ayade advocated for the integration of the host community, Adiabo in the execution of the project.

His words: “When you go for groundbreaking ceremony in certain parts of this country, because issues of compensation and land acquisition become a tortuous process, it is almost impossible to get it done within a short time.”

Governor Ayade further said “the peace and tranquility enjoyed here is a classical testimony to the fact that our people are peace loving, intelligent and therefore we must show respect and cater  for the people of Adiabo who are our immediate hosts with particular reference to the Obong of Calabar. Ensure that your landlords remain happy that you are here.”

Expressing confidence in the doggedness and astuteness of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai, to embark on such a project, the governor remarked: “I do know that you have conquered Boko Haram and because God has made you a conqueror, I know you will also conquer this project.”

Ayade appealed to Buratai to ensure that the Cross River garment factory takes the responsibility of providing Army uniforms, considering its state of the art equipment and the need to boost local content.

Earlier, Chief of Army Staff Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai who had paid a courtesy call on the governor, assured that he “will continue to lend support to the post service housing development in its drive to provide shelter to both serving and retired military personnel as well as the civil populace to mitigate the housing deficit in the country.
The Chief of Army Staff enjoined the public to key into the initiative of the Cross River government.

To Cross Riverians, Buratai affirmed that “the establishment of a mega estate will be an added boost to the prevailing climate of peace and security which we consider critical for the entrepreneurial and economic resurgence of the state.”

He further reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Army to continue to sustain the improvement on the security situation, social and economic activities in the state, adding that “as a major commercial industrial centre in Nigeria, the overall economic prosperity of our nation is substantially tied to what happens in Cross River State.”

Buratai, who commended Governor Ayade for the return of peace in the state, called on the citizenry to rise to the challenges of collective action for national security by being alert and providing timely information to security agencies for quick response to threats to law and order.

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