Lately, elected and political appointees in Cross River state have shunned Governor Ben Ayade-led government activities in the state.
Given this lackluster attitude, government has directed the taking down of headcounts of those in attendance at public functions to ascertain the number of public functionaries who attended.
Consequent upon the development, the aggrieved governor, Ben Ayade has directed the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Barrister Tina Agbor to take attendance at the burial ceremony of Hon Justice Okio Ikpi Itam today at Ugep Township stadium by 10 am.
A release signed by the SSG and aired on Cross Rivers Corporation (CRBC TV/Radio), monitored by our correspondent in
Calabar, disclosed that attendance at the burial ceremony would be mandatory and all political and elected government officials must attend as attendance will be taken.
“This is to inform Hon Commissioner and Special Advisers that attendance is mandatory at the burial ceremony of Hon Justice Okoi
Ikpi Itam, late Chief Judge of cross river state. His Excellency Senator Prof Ben Ayade, Governor of cross river state has directed
that attendance be taking at the venue of the ceremony. The funeral service will hold on Saturday June 17th 2017 at the Ugep Township stadium by 10am”.
Interestingly, our findings revealed that failure of political and elected officials from attending the ceremony will attract queries and stoppage of salaries as well as other punitive measures.
Source from governor’s office hinted that Governor Ben Ayade was not happy at the attitude of these appointees and elected officials.
Cross River state government has the highest political appointees in the country but when it comes to public functions, most of these appointees will not turn up for reasons best known to them.
However, some of them have alleged that the governance was no longer interesting as money was not being made available,
“We don’t have logistics, no impress, no good offices if you are lucky to have one, no instrument of office, no salaries and so many things that make governance unpopular and uninteresting,” an aggrieved political appointee fumed.