- Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state has sworn in 39 commissioners to work with him ahead of the next four years
- Ayade, a professor, also created nine ministries considered as strange but which the state government has explained
- Asu Okang, the information commissioner, says the governor even planned to create the Ministry of Defence, but dropped the idea
The governor of Cross River state, Prof Ben Ayade, seems to have ignited reactions with the creation of some government ministries which some Nigerians consider as strange.
The governor reportedly named the new ministries when he swore-in 39 commissioners to work with him in the next four years.
Premium Times reports that the governor named the new ministries as:
1. Foreign affairs
2. Robotics and artificial intelligence
3. Humanity and social welfare
4. Grants and economic empowerment.
5. Establishment and payroll
6. Special duties
9. Sports and cinematography
The report said the state already has in existence:
1. Training and doctoring
3. Rural transformation
4. Climate change
5. New cities development.
It is noted that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is under the exclusive list of the federal government, but the information commissioner of the state, Asu Okang, said the new ministry is mandated to harness foreign investment opportunities.
Okang was quoted as saying: “The governor has made quite a number of foreign trips in the last four years, there were some encumbrances because there were other engagements, sometimes more than five functions in a particular state of visitation.
“It became very important that the governor needed another person who would speak of the government perspective and engage investors as it were at any point in time."
The commissioner was also quoted as saying: "Cross River is an independent state of its own under the federation. Are you saying a state does not have the right to source for foreign investors for its own state?"
He added that the governor had earlier planned to establish the state's defence ministry and internal securities. He, however, dropped the idea as a result of the exclusive list issue.
He described the ministry of robotics and artificial intelligence as the same with science and technology.
According to him, the governor decided that it should not be called science and technology as this would limit its scope and goal.
Legit.ng earlier reported how some lecturers in Cross River on Wednesday, November 6, protested their sack and unpaid salaries by the state government.
The over 150 lecturers from the Cross River state College of Education and the College of Health Technology staged the protest at the House of Assembly complex in the state.
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