We Need N5bn To Fix Conference Center Demolished By Hoodlums – Cross River Governor, Ben Ayade

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The governor of Cross River state, Ben Ayade says it would cost N5 billion to revamp the Calabar International Conference Centre (CICC) that was vandalised by hoodlums.

Governor Ayade had imposed a 24-hour curfew on Friday, after attacks on properties in the state.

Hoodlums broke into some warehouses in Calabar and made away with COVID-19 food palliatives, including rice, noodles, garri, generating sets and salt.

The family house of Gershom Bassey, senator representing Calabar-south, was  set on fire by mob on Saturday after looting items from the building.

The conference centre,  which brags of a combined capacity of 5,000, was also damaged.

“It will take the state government N5 billion to bring back the Calabar International Conference Centre, the beauty of Cross River State,” Ayade said.

“This is not the Cross River that I was born into; it is unlike us.”

Ayade also said the action will impede the state’s industrialisation drive to create jobs.

#EndSARS protest which started as a nationwide campaign against police brutality was hijacked by hoodlums and  caused a breakdown of law and order in various parts of the nation.

Some state governors imposed curfews to regain normalcy.

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