Governor Ben. Ayade of Cross River state has offered automatic employment to all graduates of civil engineering from the state.
The governor made this known at the 16th Annual General Meeting of the Institute of Civil Engineers held in the state.
Consequently, the governor directed all graduates of the course, irrespective of their year of graduation, to submit their Curriculum Vitae (CV) at the New Secretariat of Civil Service Commission for interview.
While acknowledging the financial implication of his decision, the governor noted that the young engineers, among other things, would be needed in the “construction of the 275 kilometers superhighway and Bakassi Deep Seaport projects.”
“I have done so, conscious of the financial implication on my shoulders but I am also aware that this is the right way of encouraging young Cross Rivarians who have made a choice of such a very difficult discipline to study.
“It is true that if you look at the academic pursuits of our state indigenes, they are mostly from humanities. So, for the few of them who have dared to do engineering and civil in particular, we must encourage them,” he added.
In his speech, the National Chairman of Institute of Civil Engineers, Engr. Andem Ekpo Bassey, appreciated the governor for the infrastructural development in the state and his massive support to the Institute.
Engr. Bassey, who is also from the state, specifically thanked the governor for taking such huge decision and pledge to partner with the state.
He also performed induction of Honorary fellow on the governor.