The ritualistic tradition of annual appraisal of political office holders, especially the elected ones had been embraced into the fibre of our body-politic as a state and nation at large.
This is achieved by presenting the tangible results of the elected political office holder, while in office on the altar of sincere analysis while matching his concerted promises with what is seen. This can be effectuated periodically as the case may be.
Undoubtedly, today makes Cross River State Local Government Chairmen a year in office. It was on this day, 2nd June last year, 2020 that the baton of leadership was handed to them.
Hon. Effefiong Nta Eke, the Chairman of Calabar Municipality, a fine gentleman with exceptional leadership traits upon assumption of office swung into action with lofty finesse.
With the meagre resources at his disposal, the Mayor of Calabar renovated the executive and legislative chambers,
set up intervention measure to ease traffic gridlock around Marian-Ediba axis.
Before the advent of the New Face Administration, the popular Ika-Ika Oqua market was motorably inaccessible courtesy of the roadside traders, the Mayor of Calabar pricked by this misnomer, swung into the decongestion of the market and relocated the roadside traders to a preferable space.
In the aspect of human capacity development, the Council Boss partnered MAFAM Skill Acquisition Centre to train a handful of Calabar Municipality youths in diverse entrepreneurial areas.
The signature project of this Administration is the Ayade ultramodern park/shopping mall. This mall is designed to accommodate 300 shops for business with a state of the art parking lots, the first of it kind in Cross River State.
The quintessential leader has been able to partner with some security outfits in Calabar Municipality to reduce pocket criminal activities with a direct stoppage of illegal extortion in and around the Ika-Ika Oqua market.
It is also recorded that the New Face Administration created a financial pool that saw a greater number of the indigenes and residents of Calabar Municipality being supported with stipends for survival.
With the remarks gotten from series of vox populi conducted on the streets of Calabar Municipality coupled with the influx of goodwill messages, one can deductively opined that Hon. Effefiong Nta Eke, the Mayor of Calabar has created an indelible mark courtesy of his success service to Calabar Municipality within his 365 days in office.
In the course of this glorious track race, the Mayor remains undoubtedly grateful to God Almighty for the divine Providence, whilst also making preferential gratitude to the digital Governor of CRS who he claims is the Chief Architect of the speedy achievements so far recorded.
He expressed sincere thanks to the amiable wife of the Governor, Her Excellency, Dr Linda Ayade, Dr Frank Ayade, Ntufam Edim Inok, Engr. Ben Akak and a host of others who stretched their arms of benevolence to him during and after this electioneering period.
While reiterating commitment to take Calabar Municipal to that ultimate eldorado, the Mayor heaps praises on his Councilors, Appointees and Principal staff of council for standing by him. Indeed the journey has been a successful one.