The Governor of Cross River State, Prof Ben Ayade, has relinquished his office as Governor and the affairs of the State to his Deputy, Professor Ivara Esu.
Ayade made this known after his second term inauguration on Wednesday, May 29, while giving his inaugural speech.
The Governor declared that Esu will run the state as Acting Governor throughout his second term, while he remains at the “sidelines playing the role of ‘Project Manager’”.
Speaking at the U. J. Esuene Stadium where the inauguration held, the Governor disclosed that his reason for handing-over to his Deputy was as a result of his plans to relocate out of the state capital, while assuring that the State will be industrialized state under his watch.
He promised the people of Cross River of a bountiful second tenure where there will be enough food on their table, concern for their wellbeing, payment of salaries as well as employment opportunities.
He said: “Be committed and steadfast, Cross River state will be an industrialised state under my watch. In this my second tenure, I will no longer be the governor. My Deputy will be the acting governor while I will become the project manager of Cross River state as I will relocate to Ikom LGA.
“This tenure will be food on the table, hands on the plough, no amount of investment in infrastructure will be equivalent to taking care of the well being of the people ,paying salaries and employing them.