Governor of Cross River State, Professor Ben Ayade has been adjudged as the best performing governor in the area of Agriculture by BusinessDay Newspaper.
The Newspaper said the award was in recognition of “Ayade’s revolutionary strides in Agriculture.”
A statement issued by Ayade’s Chief Press Secretary, Christian Ita recounts the revolutionary strides of the governor in the area of Agriculture in Cross River State
The statement reads, “Only recently, President Muhammadu Buhari was in Calabar, the Cross River state capital, to commission Africa’s first and only Rice seeds and Seedling Factory. The factory is one of professor Ayade’s signature agricultural projects.
“At the commissioning, President Buhari commended the governor for keying into the economic diversification policy of his administration by investing heavily in agriculture, describing him as a reference point in the agricultural revolution.
“Professor Ayade who has often spoken of his determination to decouple Cross River State from over-dependence on oil-driven federal allocation through diversification of the state’s economy is also building an ultramodern rice mill in Ogoja, a 30000 per anum cocoa processing plant in Ikom.
“He has also established a cotton farm in Woda, Yala, Banana Plantation in Odukpani. Work has also commenced on the Calabar ultra modern poultry farm and yellow maize farm in Obubra among others.”
The Business Day award which will be conferred on the governor on Thursday, July 19, 2018 (Today) at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, is the latest in a string of awards that have been conferred on Ayade in recognition of his achievements since assuming office three years ago.
He had previously won the Vanguard Newspaper Governor of The Year Award, Authority Newspaper Governor of The Year Award, Tell Magazine Man of The Year Award and The Most Labour Friendly Governor Award from the organised Labour.