Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade yesterday donated N50 million to the state Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and N30 million to the Muslim community.
Ayade made the donations in Calabar, the state capital, at the Inter-denominational Church Service organised by CAN to thank God for the governor’s victory at the Supreme Court.
The governor hailed CAN for its prayers and support while the case lasted, describing his victory as an act of God.
Ayade said: “Let us all rise and celebrate God. Only God made it possible. No man can claim the glory, except God. I thank CAN and all Cross Riverians for their prayers.
“I still need more of your prayers for us to succeed in the task of building the Cross River of our dream.
“I also call on my brothers on the other side to come and join hands with me in moving our state forward.”
The governor said his administration would create 3,000 jobs next year for youths to prove its sensitivity to their plight.
“Also, as part of Ayadesian theory, I will make additional 6,000 appointments into my government, while another 5,000 jobs will be created in January,” he stated.
The governor currently has over 1,900 political appointees.
CAN State Chairman Rev. Joseph Ukpo said the governor’s victory was a manifestation of God’s glory.
Ukpo, who was represented by a Catholic Priest, Rev. Malachy Ephraim, urged Ayayde to make peace with his opponents to move the state forward.
He said: “There is no victor, no vanquished. Where there is peace, there is progress. Now, it is time for governance.”