The Cross River State governor Professor Ben Ayade has introduced 18 Ford Edge autos to the 18 native authorities Chairmen within the state.
Additionally introduced had been 18 Ford Escape vehicles to the Vice Chairmen of Councils and 18 Ford Ecosport to the leaders of council, bringing the overall variety of autos introduced to 54
Presenting the autos on Wednesday on the Governor’s workplace, Governor Ayade who was represented by his deputy, Prof Ivara Esu tasked them to make efficient use of the autos.
He mentioned the governor is prudent in managing assets as mirrored within the provision of the autos and careworn the necessity for prudent administration council assets.
“It’s not about giving vehicles, what is going on is necessary presently we at the moment are. With zero allocation, COVID-19 and the financial disaster, if we had been to depend on federal allocation even salaries is not going to be paid.
“The governor is prudent in managing our assets if this was not the case the vehicles is not going to be offered” and charged elected officers to make good use of the autos.
On her half, the Commissioner for Native Authorities Affairs, Stella Odey mentioned the autos had been bought by the JAAC Accounts in keeping with NFIU rules.
She mentioned the governor saved fund for using the Councils earlier than their election and emphasised that it’s a practice to offer mobility for council officers.
“The vehicles usually are not free items, they had been bought by the JAAC Accounts and going by NFIU rules, they had been procured by the Chairmen themselves and the funds got here by their particular person native authorities accounts.
“The governor saved funds for them even earlier than they got here in and that’s why now we have been capable of buy the vehicles. It’s their entitlement as a result of it has all the time been a observe that the Chairmen of council contemplating the exigencies of his workplace deserve mobility”, she mentioned.
Additionally talking, the Chairman of Akpabuyo native authorities council, Emmanuel Offiong Bassey, who heads the council of native authorities chairmen, counseled the state authorities for fixing their mobility wants. He assured that the native authorities officers will make efficient use of the autos.