Cross River Transparency Network International, (CRTNI) has called on the Cross River State House of Assembly to immediately begin impeachment process of Governor Ben Ayade for alleged illegal foreign trips.
The group in a press conference in Calabar purported that since resumption of office, Governor Ayade has traveled to overseas more than any governor in the history of this country giving reason of looking for investors for the state.
The absence of the governor of Cross River State, Prof Ben Ayade in the State has made civil and public servants to attend to their private activities at the expense of their duties as civil servants. The workers according to Newsmen finding are into private businesses. This is a mostly done whenever the Governor travels abroad.
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Governor’s office has become a ghost town as barely you see staff of the Governor’s office on seat. Some of the offices are left opened in case anybody wants to see any of the officers.
Already, political appointees and civil servants attached to various governments’ offices in the Governor’s office have abandoned their offices and have taken to private businesses
Report had it that Governor Ben Ayade travels outside the state more than any other governor and whenever this is done, the economy, social and political activities crumble.
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Sadly, those who manage to be in the office will impose one policy or the other which will affect the citizens. Such impositions, according to our findings include unsubstantiated levies and taxes exploiting the people of their lean resources.
The coordinator of the group, Comrade Jonathan Agbor, said it has become imperative for the State House of Assembly to impeach Ayade for violating constitutional provisions of frequently traveling abroad without handing over to his deputy just as he squanders state funds on such trip.
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Agbor said “Since Ayade came on board, he has spent more days in Abuja and abroad than he has spent in the state, adding that out of 365 days in a year he spends less than 100 days in office.”