Ben Ayade

Nigerian leaders should emulate Ayade- Turaki

A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, has identified sustained peace, agricultural revolution, industrialization as well as good leadership style as some of the rare qualities of Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River, which must be emulated by other Nigerian leaders.
Turaki stated this when he led his campaign team to Government House Calabar, Monday, on a courtesy call on the governor as part of his consultation visit to interact with delegates and other stakeholders on his aspiration to take over the Aso Rock Villa come 2019.
The presidential aspirant who disclosed that Cross River was his 26th state to visit for consultations said of Ayade: “I am very proud of you and we are very proud of what you are doing in Cross River. Today, you are the pride of PDP in Nigeria and what you are doing shows that there can never be a substitute for knowledge and education.”
He assured Ayade that, “we will continue to take a lot of inspiration in your kind of leadership because it has worked for Cross River and there is no reason why it can not work for Nigeria,” adding that “we will pray for God to strengthen you with wisdom, strength and humility, even as we impress on other PDP leaders to emulate you and do what you have continued to do in Cross River.”
Turaki who explained that agriculture has been revolutionized in Cross River, which is the only state in Nigeria where precision agriculture is practised, remarked that “it’s been knowledge driven, you plant at the commencement of the planning, you know what amount of fertilizer you need, the type of fertilizer, amount of water and sunshine that you need in a manner to get a bountiful harvest, that is what Ayade has brought here.”
The presidential aspirant who argued that there is peace in Cross River because law and order is working, hinted that “we need a person that has the intelligence, credibility, knowledge, exposure, peaceful, a bridge builder and healthy like you (Ayade) and that is why you have been working 26 hours a day. I don’t know where you get the additional two hours. It is because you are young and dynamic, that is why you have been able to bring dynamism in Cross River.”
On his blueprints if he finally succeeds as the nation’s president, Turaki said he will implement the presidential committee report on dialogue, rejig the economy for  investors drive, rebuild decayed and decaying infrastructure as well as create jobs for youths and make them employable.
Responding, Ayade stressed the need for the aspirant to focus on the 13 percent derivation which the state is being denied, the spill over of almost 14,000 Cameroonians in Cross River which threatens the security of the area, the devastating effect of the state economy due to the loss of oil wells and dwindling federal allocation, if he finally clinch the office.
The governor who prayed for the unity of the nation to remain critical in his administration said: “The subject of restructuring along the different philosophies that exist remains critical as Nigeria moves forward,” pointing out that, “it creates opportunity for people to turn round and look at what they have got. It also allows the states to explore to the best of their abilities all their resources within the dictates of federal law and to explore their resources particularly those that are time sensitive and may soon be old-fashioned.”
Going philosophical, Ayade said: “It is only in the absence of plenty that plenty starts. Failure is the beginning of success, challenges breed competence and so there is no successful success without a successful failure, it is the lack that brings the plenty.”
   According to the governor, “we believe in education and the diversification of the economy of our state and against that background we have set up the most sophisticated garment factory, pharmaceutical company, Rice seedlings factory, Banana farm, cocoa plant among others in less than three years of our administration.”

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