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I will liberate Cross River from federal allocation, APC guber candidate pledges

By Aniete Akpan, and Tina Agosi Todo (Calabar)
10 August 2022   |   3:32 am
Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State, Prince Bassey Otu, has promised to liberate the state from over dependence on federal allocation.

• Party national women leader hails govt for empowering 36,000 women
Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State, Prince Bassey Otu, has promised to liberate the state from over dependence on federal allocation.

Otu, who stated this, yesterday, during his thank-you tour of the Northern Senatorial District of the state, said: “We would build on the legacies of Governor Ben Ayade, who has done extremely well in the areas of industrialisation and human capital development. We will sustain, expand and develop the industries, getting our people involved and liberate the state from over dependence on federal allocation.

“I can’t thank you enough, especially the delegates who voted for me to lead the party in the forthcoming governorship elections. I want to assure you that your efforts and confidence would not be in vain. We will build a Cross River that we all would be proud of.”

In fulfillment of his promise to visit and appreciate political stakeholders from each of the 18 local councils in the state, the gubernatorial candidate visited APC stakeholders in Obanliku and Obudu councils of the state.

Otu, whom the chairman and other leaders of the APC in the state accompanied, also visited paramount rulers of the two councils.

MEANWHILE, the National Women leader of APC, Dr. Betta Edu, has commended Cross River and Federal Government for empowering 36,000 women in the state with the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), which is one of Federal Government’s social intervention initiatives to eradicate poverty in Nigeria.

Edu made the commendation when a team, led by the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Social Welfare and Disaster, Hajiya Sadiya Farouk, paid a courtesy visit to the state governor, Ayade, in his office in Calabar.

She said there is need for government to support and empower women, especially at the grassroots to eliminate poverty.

She urged women to come out en masse to canvass vote for the presidential candidate of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, adding that the ruling party would do more to keep its social contract with the people.