Inah to Ayade: Don’t turn Cross River to one-man show

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State

Elder statesman and Head of Service in Cross River State in the 1980s, Chief Wilfred Inah, has cautioned Governor Ben Ayade against making governance in the state a one-man show.

Inah, who spoke with journalists in Calabar, said governance in the state should not be “ad hoc but procedural.

“If the governor of a state goes to China and falls in love with the transportation system he finds there, ordinarily, he should not sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), to bring the project to his state without consulting his executive council.

“The right procedure is for a governor to find a useful project in China, come back and inform his commissioners, who in turn liaise with the permanent secretaries and directors who are the professionals in the service and a position paper is produced.

“In the next State Executive Council meeting, the document will be debated, a decision taken and it becomes a government policy, which all the commissioners are abreast with, because they are part of the decision making.

“So if you are in a state and in a whole year, you have just three or four executive council meetings, there is something wrong,” he said

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