The Chairman of the governing Board of the Cross River Basin Development Authority, CRBDA, Hon. Eseme Eyiboh has stated the determination of the new board to reposition the Authority and restore public confidence in her reputation and operations.
Hon. Eyiboh, a former member of the House of Representatives representing Eket Federal constituency made the submission in a chat with newsmen in Uyo after the inaugural meeting of the 13th Board of the Authority.
According to Hon. Eyiboh, the board of CRBDA are very worried about declining productivity and poor returns on the investment of public trust in the establishment. He stressed that, they are further alarmed by the poor public perception and the prevailing disconnect between the CRBDA and key institutional stakeholders.”
While pledging to address the situation and ensure a total turnaround of the CRBDA, Eyiboh assured that the Board is determined to raise the value chain of the material and human assets of the CRBDA with the conviction that, strategic collaborations with relevant stakeholders can trigger cutting edge innovations and reforms, which will transform the CRBDA to the goldmine which it is, and therefore become beneficial to the nation .
Hon. Eyiboh who is the first Akwa Ibom indigene to chair the Board after 33 years and the first from the South South pledged that the new Board remains resolved and committed to make CRBDA a model for our people,and called for inputs which can assist the Authority achieve its core mandate from the people.
The CRBDA Chairman revealed that, the Uyo office of the CRBDA has been upgraded to a State office and will function in full capacity for effective service delivery, while an Advisory Council has been constituted as part of efforts to reposition the Authority for effective service delivery.
This he revealed, was part of the resolutions reached at the end of the first inaugural board meeting held at the authority’s headquarters in Calabar.
Eyiboh said the advisory council shall among others, “provide technical advise, source for windows of opportunities for private public partnership, deploy their expertise to facilitate the incentives for project conceptualisation, funding, implementation, completion and commissioning”, among others.
Eyiboh maintained that the the new Board is poised to return the CRBDA to its original mission and core mandate as a special purpose vehicle set up to intervene in food security and accelerate agricultural development through land and water resources management.
Eyiboh also posited that, the new Board will not tolerate lethargy, corruption in any guise and sharp practices. He said they are rather resolved to institute a regime of accountability, fiscal discipline, transparent resource management which is anchored on ethical integrity.
Meanwhile, the CRBDA he said will embark on inventorisation of her assets and accordingly entrench transparency in its procurement process, thereby providing an effective information management platform and revenue generation strategy.
Other members of the board who were present at the Press briefing include, Barrister Lazarus Undie; Hon Garba Butalawa; Engr Ademola Oyadare and Alhaji Salihu Abdul Kareem.