$50,000 LARGESSE/30 BEAUTY QUEENS: What C’ Riverians are saying (Part I)

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Efio-Ita Nyok|19 November 2016

A Beehive of beauties from no fewer than 30 African countries on Wednesday arrived Calabar Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar to participate in the maiden edition of Miss African Beauty Pageant to be held in Calabar, Cross River.

Further information has it that the whooping sum of $50,000 is voted to be given to these girls for the pageant. Cross Riverians are not threating this piece of information with a smile on the face. They are to say the least disappointed at the Government of Cross River State. They found their voices in four other Cross Riverians, Ray Ugba Morphy, Ifere Paul, Agba Jalingo and Abang Ogon who feel their pulsating illusion with the leadership of the state government. Excerpt:

*Oh, Ben Ayade!!! Save Our Sanity!

1.On the left are contestants for Miss Climate Change, arriving Calabar, an event that will cost CRS about N500million naira!

2. On the right are 2 schools in the same CRS, namely St Stevens, Obudu and Ntol Comprehensive, Ogoja.

You be the judge and tell me why I should not be grieved with this kind of  irresponsibility on the part of my governor? Why would a sane man prefer beauty pageants, rather than investments into the future of the state through education.

This matter has passed don't be silly, please! This is the same govt that has shown no will in promoting sports yet, it is splurging on beauty contests. Them curse us?

—Ray Ugba Morphy
Former SA on National Contact & Strategy to Gov Ben Ayade

**The Cross River State Miss Climate Change Pageants.

They have got no breast on their chest. No yansh on their backside. And yet your governor is paying them $50,000.00(Fifty Thousand Dollars)

E dey pain me seriously. That our children have no standard classrooms, no libraries, no chairs or benches, no tables and writing boards. No computers.

E dey pain me seriously. Because our roads are bad. Our farmers are not encouraged. But we borrow their farms to pose for CBN governor to qualify for our continuous stealing.

E dey pain me seriously. In the end, they will go and task my mum to pay her tax for selling just a bag of garri.

May God Almighty give you gonorrhea as you waste our monies on this yanshlessness and breastlessness.

What a cluelessness!!

—Ifere Paul
Environmental Activist, Public Policy Analyst & dreaded Whistle Blower

***See the international standard primary school in my village my state government is planning to spend $500,000(approximately 250million naira to organise a pageantry) #WhenYouTalkThemGoSayYouBeOpposition.

Dear People what's our priority?

—Abang Ogon
Former CRUTECH Chapter President, National Association of Cross River State Students

****I am just sick and tired of hearing about the incessant and meaningless beauty pageants emanating from our state, Cross River.

Honestly, I am tired….

—Agba Jalingo
Editor-in-Chief & Publisher, CRW

Does the reader agree with the quadruplet of critics as it bothers on the anticipated $50,000? Is Gov Ayade not prioritising education, agriculture, health etc less than pageantry? Decipher for yourself.

Efio-Ita Nyok
Is a Blogger, the Editor & Publisher of NegroidHaven.org