Akpan Etukudoh Asare
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has launched a 30-year Growth and Development Strategy (GDS) roadmap for the State.
The governor seized on the opportunity of the presence of international investors who converged in the state for an international collaboration and investors summit, holding at the Calabar International Convention Centre (CICC), Calabar to launch the plan.
He said that the GDS is a fulfillment of his administration’s promise of inclusive development programmes, consistent with the ideals of the Universal Declaration on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The governor stated that the GDS plan is in keeping faith with the collective vision of “making Cross River a prosperous Nigerian State with healthy and well educated citizens, living in harmony with people and nature, pursuing inclusive and sustainable growth, moderated by good governance.”
He pointed out that his administration’s goals and prosperity aspiration of deepening the State economy from the current N2.7 trillion level to N9.6 trillion (GDP) by the close of his term in 2023, is captured in the sector-based GDS in a manner that no-one-is-left-behind.
The Governor relished on the remarkable strides made by his administration and promised to do more, in creating a conducive business environment for investors; by de-risking the opportunity fields for private sector investments collaboration.