Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade has pledged to repair the facilities at Obudu Ranch Resort by December 2022, months before leaving office.
The Governor, who is indigenous to the area, said failure to repair the complex before leaving office will constitute an injustice against himself and the people of the Ranch community.
“If I don’t fix the ranch before I leave, whoever replaces me might ask the area chiefs what their son has done for the ranch as governor. So I’m ready to fix the Ranch,” he said.
Ayade made this known while addressing the clan leaders of the communities that host the Ranch, during which he described the facility as “the most beautiful place in Africa”.
He said: “Swiss investors are already at the Ranch to rebuild and repair it. Quote me, the ranch facilities will be the newest and world class when the turnaround is complete.
“They will conduct a Ranch-wide study for rehabilitation, reconstruction and scaling up of modern facilities.
“It’s important to note that the seven-man team came from different parts of the world, mainly Switzerland, and they already feel like they are in their own country because the weather is the same.”
The host communities, speaking earlier through their clan chiefs, assured the Governor of their unwavering support and welcomed his interest in the Ranch.
They further thanked him for building 147 kilometers of the road that connects the five local government areas that make up the Cross River North Senatorial District, which they said would boost the region’s economy.
They also said that employment opportunities for young and old in the area have been provided through the 300 hectares of potato farms donated by the Ranch community, adding that the donation of two cows – a male and a female – to start breeding in the Ranch was done.
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