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Senator Jarigbe

Ayade’s failure, tonic for my projects in C’River North – Senator Jarigbe

Senator Jarigbe

By Sixtus Uket (Calabar)

The Senator representing Cross River North Senatorial District, Senator Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe, has stated that the failure of the Gov. Ayade-led administration in addressing the peculiar needs facing the Senatorial District propelled him to embark on intensive lobbying and campaigns at the Senate to attract the various people-oriented projects to the area despite mounting the saddle barely one year ago.

Senator Jarigbe stated this in Ogoja, headquarters of Ogoja Local Government Area during a Town Hall meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship Campaign Team with Ogoja Stakeholders.

The National Assembly member lamented that despite having a sitting governor for almost eight years, the enviable privilege has not rubbed off on the entire district.

According to Jarigbe, “when providence smiled on us and our brother became a governor, we had high hopes and expectations that he will use his good offices to transform our senatorial district which is regarded as the most backward in the state in terms of basic infrastructure and amenities, but ours turned out to be a huge disappointment and embarrassment.

“All we got are a plethora of lies, deceit, glorified warehouses christened ultra-modern factories and multiple signposts mounted on confiscated ancestral lands announcing proposed white elephant projects conceived as subheads to siphon public funds.

“Even the few projects they attempted to do, they awarded the contracts to their proxy companies which lack competent manpower and standard equipment. The Okuku-Okpama Road which has killed dozens of our people is a typical example. Suffice it here to also mention the deplorable Obudu-Bekwarra, Boki-Obudu Roads awarded to a family member over six years ago,” Senator Jarigbe added.

He further explained that his quest for projects, capacity building, and targeted empowerment initiatives became “inevitable to checkmate growing despondency which had crept in amongst the people since Governor Ben Ayade shattered their hopes and also, to correct the wrong impression that politicians from the area were perennial failures in public offices.

Also speaking, the State Chairman of PDP, Barr. Venatius Ikem, informed the stakeholders that the party parades the best array of candidates with passion and capacity to deliver the dividends of democracy.

In his remarks, an elder statesman and former chairman of the State Forestry Commission, Dr Ikanni Woga, lauded the PDP for “producing candidates with sterling qualities suitable for the enormous task of reinventing the rhythm of Cross River State after the dark spell witnessed under Ayade’s administration.”


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