Boje, Headquarters of Boki Local Government Area came alive Sunday, May 2, 2021 as political gladiators of Boki People’s Democratic Party (PDP), converged in their thousands to flex muscles in appreciation and solidarity to the giant strides of Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade led administration in the state and Boki local government area in particular, citing the 27km Boki East-West road, reputed to be the longest single undertaking of a state government, not just in Nigeria but Sub-Sahara Africa. The Boki East-West road is most significant in the political history of the people in view of it procreational ability as it links the twin brothers of Eastern and Western Boki.
The carnival-like event was carefully organized by Boki PDP chapter to celebrate the achievements of His Excellency, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade for the following undertaking, Boki East-West road, reactivation of Irruan electrification project, Irruan-Okiro/Obudu/Eastern Boki road, Beebo/Bumaji road, Boje bridge, Okundi/Kakwagom bridge and human capital development in Cross River state, just to mention but a few.
Chief. Dr. Jake Otu Enyia, Commisioner for Aviation, Cross River in his address described the digital governor as a Colossus with the requisite administrative and political prowess to pilot the state in general and Boki in particular to a save landing. The only Aviation Commissioner in Nigeria, as Aviation matters is in the statutory list of the federal government added that without the instrumentality of Ayade of Africa, the fates of the downtrodden would have lingered in oblivion until a day after forever. Chief Otu Enyia noted that the new song was a beckon of hope to generations unborn. Chief Jake submitted by saying Ayade is deserving of all accolades as he brings to fruition what hitherto seemed impossible and unachievable. In his words
“We will live to remember Ayade even after now for the giant strides in Boki nation. If you go to Okundi-Kakwagom road, that bridge was said to be undoable, but Ayade came and constructed the bridge. If you come to Irruan as I speak to you, His Excellency has approved the reactivation of Irruan electrification project. As I speak with you today, the entirety of entire Irruan from Kachuan to other neighbouring communities, all the electrification project has been reactivated. For the fact that Ayade reactivated the system, we are grateful to him.”
Continuing he said
“His Excellency only two weeks ago at Obudu, approved immediately without outa of doubt the linking of Irruan/Okiro/Wula/Oban and Obudu.
“I am the only Commissioner of Aviation in Nigeria as Aviation matters are in the statutory list of the federal government. Through his ingenuity, Ayade created the ministry in the state with many doubting it sustainability. Today, I am proud to say that having mocked me for being the Commissioner of a virgin ministry with no developmental blueprint, I have become the darling bride of the state government. Today in Cross River state, it is Aviation that we have registered a fundamental stride as far as the achievements of Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade is concern.”
On the propensity of tourism growth in Cross River state, the Aviation boss said
“As we speak, I have taken delivery of two Aircrafts Boing 737 in Nigeria to kickstart Cally Air in the next one or two weeks. Cross River state which is noted for tourism cannot drive tourism without effective air transportation.
“Again, the obudu Cargo and passengers Airport will be ready by December 2021. This is like magic as these are rare feats. These heights are products of intellectual money. From Bakassi to Obanliku, government present is felt. Don’t ever loss your sleep because of some miscreants.
“Our people love those who are sincere to us, and His Excellency Ayade is frank to us, he is practical to us, he is ready to commit what he has for the development of Boki nation and Cross River state at large. When you here that some governors said in the past that if they need to intervene especially in Boje road, they need World Bank assistance, they actually said so.
“I Chief Jacob Otu Enyia was the Executive Chairman and should be quoted any day, anytime. This statement was made when the then governor came to commission electrification project in Oku and Boje.
“Today, a governor has come without going to the World Bank nor Stock exchange to borrow even when Cross River state is second to the last on allocation table. Magnitude of indebtedness, low income and almost zero internally generated revenue not withstanding, yet the governor has the courage, the audacity and all it takes to execute a 27km Boki East-West road. Our prayers is that, God should continue to provide the governor with the needed resources so that this road will be completed in record time.
Earlier in his address, Kelvin Njong, Boki PDP chapter chairman thanked the Executive Governor, Ayade of Africa as fondly called for finding Boki worthy of such monumental projects and appointments. In his words
“The executive Chairman Boki Local Government Area and other dignitaries here present, it gives me great pleasure and honour to welcome you all to this occasion of a grand thank you/solidarity rally organised by the Boki PDP chapter executives in conjunction with the leadership of our great party, the People’s Democratic party (PDP), Boki chapter to appreciate, honour and re-affirm our unalloyed support and loyalty to our great leader, Sir, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade of Africa, the Digital Governor of Cross River state for the giant strides recorded in our political landscape.
“As stakeholders in the collective project, we cannot afford to be passive by playing the ostrich which His Excellency, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade of Africa battled alone to keep the ship of the state afloat. This is the time he needs our commitments, support and unalloyed loyalty to rekindle that zeal in him, to keep his eyes on the compass which the almighty God placed before him. He needs our support to continue to provide services. Comrade Ojong stated.
Other dignitaries present at the event includes, Engr. Dane Osim Asu, Commissioner for Works, Cross River state, Barr. Tina Banku Agbor, Secretary to Cross River state government, Hon. Pst. John Ewa, Chairman, Boki L.G.A, HRM Otu Fredalin Akandu, Paramount Ruler, Boki L.G.A, Rev FR Bob Etta, SSA to the governor on religious matters, plethora of SSAs, SAs, Ward Chairmen, Men, Women, Youth leaders and other party faithful. With this total support, Boki has passed a vote of confidence on the leadership of Sen. Prof Ben Ayade.