Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has been conferred with the Award of Excellence by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for his leadership and foresight in improving the lives of the people of the state.
Presenting the award at the Governor’s office in Calabar the state capital, the Executive Director of the UNESCO Centre for Peace, Mr Guy Djoken, disclosed that the award is aimed at boosting his morale for more result-oriented initiatives.
Mr Djoken, who is also the President/CEO of US-UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations, said that through the show of commitment exhibited by the state, UNESCO through the support of the United States is willing to collaborate with the Cross River State Chambers of Commerce and Industry to create wealth and continuously improve on the living conditions of the residents of the state.
Some areas of collaboration he higlighted are the establishment of a virtual Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Center that will serve as a call center as well as support all other IT-related activities.
This will be set up with the view to building the entrepreneurship area of agriculture, renewable energy, education and healthcare delivery.
In his response, Governor Ayade said that he saw the award as a call for more work and charged UNESCO to complement the state’s tourism drive under the medical tourism brand.
The Governor gave the assurance that with the conducive business climate the state has, coupled with the hospitable deposition of the people, Calabar would definitely bring a huge return on investment if it sites a health facility in the state.