Cross River Governor, Senator Bassey Otu, to Renovate Office to 21st Century Standard.

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In a move to address the dire condition of the Governor’s Office, Senator Prince Bassey Otu, the Governor of Cross River State, has unveiled plans to renovate the complex and transform it into a state-of-the-art smart office befitting the 21st century.

Expressing his dissatisfaction with the deteriorating state of the office during an interactive session with the Governor’s Office staff, Governor Otu emphasized the need for immediate action. 

He announced the temporary relocation of the staff to facilitate a comprehensive overhaul and modernization of all departments and units within the office.

In an official press release issued by Chief Press Secretary Mr. Emmanuel Ogbeche in Calabar on Tuesday, Governor Otu expressed his vision for the renovation project. He stated, “While a brand new office complex would be ideal, given the numerous competing demands, our focus will be on remodeling the existing one to meet the requirements of the 21st century.”

Governor Otu acknowledged that the current edifice had served several administrations but recognized the limitations imposed by time. Nevertheless, he assured the staff of his commitment to creating a conducive working environment for all. 

To achieve this, he announced his intention to secure alternative accommodation for the staff during the renovation process, enabling the timely transformation of the existing office into a modern, technologically advanced workspace aligned with contemporary realities.

“The renovation of this office will be undertaken swiftly if we can secure an appropriate space for the staff,” Governor Otu declared. He emphasized that the project was one of his administration’s key objectives, signaling his determination to achieve meaningful progress within his first 100 days in office.

Governor Otu also addressed the issue of welfare, recognizing the hardships faced by civil servants due to the removal of subsidies and subsequent fuel price hikes. 

He assured the staff that measures would be introduced to mitigate the impact on their livelihoods.

Seeking their loyalty and cooperation, Governor Otu urged the staff to exhibit greater commitment and dedication to ensure effective and efficient service delivery to the people of Cross River State.

Deputy Governor Rt. Hon. Peter Odey commended Governor Otu for his proactive initiative in upgrading the working environment and enhancing the welfare package for workers in the state. 

He encouraged the staff to reciprocate this gesture by giving their best efforts in their respective roles.

In his introductory remarks, Secretary to the State Government Prof. Anthony Owan-Enoh expressed appreciation to the governor for his engagement with the staff, a gesture that had not been witnessed in the office for over a decade. 

He conveyed the staff’s eagerness to witness the promised positive changes and affirmed their unwavering cooperation, loyalty, and commitment to their duties.

The renovation of the Governor’s Office signifies Governor Otu’s commitment to modernizing the state’s administrative infrastructure. 

Cross River State can look forward to a rejuvenated office space that reflects the demands and expectations of the 21st century.