Ayade presents 50 operational vehicles to security operatives in Cross River

Prof. Ben Ayade, Governor of Cross River State has presented fifty operational vehicles to security operatives in the state.
Speaking at the presentation, Governor Ayade said that “the state will not rest on its oars in ensuring adequate protection of lives and property of its citizenry at all times, hence our regular support to the operatives.”
While assuring the officers and men of the state’s continuous improvement on their welfare issues, Ayade noted that “the effort is to ensure that construction work at the proposed 275 kilometres superhighway and the Bakassi deep seaport is carried out without any hitches or breach of peace.”
He said, “Since the ceding of Bakassi to Cameroun, Cross River has become vulnerable to all forms of criminality, particularly militancy who took advantage of the porous sea entrance to the state.”
He added, apart from the patrol boats, which the state was deploying soon, all land boarders must be fully fortified and made safe for investors.
Explaining the importance of the projects to the economy of the state and the nation at large, Ayade stated: “My major rescue plan is to find an alternative means of income and you know we’re a coastline state and we have taken advantage of that to develop the deep seaport as well as an evacuation corridor that will bring the Atlantic Ocean closer to our brothers in the north.
“Thus, making it easier for those in Maiduguri and Kano who want to use the road to port for exportation of their abundance solid minerals that abound in the area can do so without hitches.”
Consequently, while extolling pragmatic efforts at ensuring a safer state so far, Ayade pointed out that, “We know that you are gallant officers and all we believe is that with your presence and full commitment, we shall have our deep seaport and superhighway constructed devoid of any militancy attack.”
Responding on behalf of the other service commanders, the Commanding Officer, Nigerian Navy, Victory Command, Commodore S.D Jubril, who thanked the governor for always supporting them in discharging their constitutional duties, promised to do their best at ensuring that all project sites are protected, secured and work completed without any security issues.

The Governor before now had presented 150 pickup vans to different security operatives early this year as well as deployed additional 50 fully equipped operational vehicles to the State’s own non arm-bearing Homeland Security for surveillance services.