A former Special Adviser to Gov. Ben Ayade on Strategy and National Contact, Chief Ray Morphy has recounted the numerous policies he sold to the governor which he jettisoned. This is contained in a ten-points agenda he released today and obtained by Genuine Reports.
According to the document, the Mgba Ntol of Ogoja admonished the governor to focus on ‘Citizen-enhancing projects spread across the LGAs”. It added that “I told him to forget his MoUs and concentrate on skill acquisition for our youth. I told him to use the Togolese model and the Indian model where they trained their youths and then export them as skilled-trained labor who will in turn repatriate dollars and help boost the economy.”
Chief Morphy further stated that he told the governor to jettison elephant projects like the Super Highway and focus on fixing rural roads but he did not listen to him. On the issue of education, he said “I told him that our school standards were low! I told him to embark on a massive teacher recruitment and education upgrade program. He ignored, he never listened”.
The issue of numerous appointments was equally raised as Chief said ” I told him to appoint experienced hands who would look him in the face and correct him. He didn’t want that, he knew all things. He never listened”.
The food-on-the-table approach of the present administration, Chief noted that he advised the governor to take governance seriously as it requires thinking and thinkers not just the approach he is adopting. He added that he told the governor that “he will regret his approach to governance. I told him that the thing will rotten and smell in Hus hands and he will be cited as the worst governor ever. He ignored the sane free advice, he never listened”.
On projects, he said ” I told him to concentrate on projects such as roads and finish them before embarking on other ones. I told him it was wrong to scrape off existing roads and destroy people’s roadside shops when he had no intention of speedily doing the roads, of course he ignored.”
Chief Morphy further stated that he advised Sen. Ayade to improve on rural infrastructures saying “I told him that our people needed rural hospitals and rural roads, boreholes and enhanced markets. I told him our people needed to be empowered through cooperatives. I told him to stop his obvious family-based nepotism since the entire state voted for him, the entire state should benefit from government.”
On abandoned projects, he said “I told him not to abandon the nearly completed roads of the previous Liyel Imoke’s administration, he ignored, he never listened.”
According to him, those are the issues that led to his resignation adding that he has been vindicated as all these issues are still visible in the state today.