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I Am Not Playing Politics With Privatization, Ayade

Ben Ayade
Ben Ayade

October 22, (THEWILL) – The Cross River State governor, Professor Ben Ayade has disclosed that he is not playing politics with the state’s privatization exercise.

The governor made this known at the Executive Council Chambers of the governor’s office while receiving the report of the Technical Committee on Privatization from the Cross River State Privatization Council.

He said the state’s privatization law gives him the right to call up private investors himself but he decided to get people involved by embarking on a referendum.

He told the Privatization Council to extend the process by two months and go back and get more people involved in the process.

He said he wants history to know that he really consulted the people on the state’s privatization exercise.

“I am not playing politics with this. We should not be in a haste to get it right. I need to hear what the people want.

“The 2001 privatisation law gives me the authority to call up private investors myself but I said no and I decided that we do the right thing which is to actively involve the people and get their opinion. That is what we must do.

“I want to see you in the market places, I want to hear and see sensitisation, I want to see the real participation as our people are filling the questionnaires so that history will know that we really consulted the people,” he said.

Governor Ayade said there was no room for lapses or errors, and subsequently extended the exercise by two months to get more people involved in the process.

In his remarks, Chairman of the Privatization Council, Mr John Odo disclosed that it was the first time in the history of privatisation in Cross River that the people would be consulted in this manner.

He added that the move was in tandem with the governor’s principle of ethics, transparency and accountability.