EThe governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Cross River state, Senator John Owan-Enoh says his administration would revive moribund local government system in the state when voted into power in the March 2nd 2019 governorship election.
Speaking while addressing traditional rulers and stakeholders during a town hall meeting in the course of his campaign in the central senatorial district of the state, Enoh said “Within six months after my election, I will ensure that local government council elections are held. We need to revive that tier of government in the state. Governor Ayade has killed local government administration in our state.”
“He is the only governor that has refused to conduct local government elections. When we conduct elections at the local government level, council chairmen will be in office, councilors will also be elected and supervisors will also be appointed. All these will bring back life to that level. Even our traditional rulers and chiefs will have a role to play.”
He decried the incessant inter and intra-communal clashes across the state and pledged his administration’s resolve to ensure that crisis were eradicated and noted that what the people in the hinterland needed most were basic amenities, which include, access roads to communities, good water, good health care, electricity, security of life and property etc and that those things would not come in the atmosphere of crisis.
The APC guber hopeful also warned Gov Ben Ayade against allocating cocoa estates and farms before his current tenure expires, saying any attempt to allocate the estates now would be counter-productive.
He claimed that Ayade, who is also the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, has been taking many desperate steps and decisions as elections approach, including the constitution of Cocoa Allocation board, which he said, was long overdue.
“We will not accept any attempt to share and allocate our cocoa estate. Have they added anything to our cocoa farms and estate since they came into office? Why are they rushing now over our cocoa? Nobody will allocate our cocoa before elections. When I win, I not wait until election time before I do those duties that should have been done in due time,” Enoh said.