I respect Eric Anderson’s office, I don’t want to be Commissioner for Tourism —Joseph Lashakara Edet

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L-R: Eric Anderson, national flag at Millennium Park, Joseph Lashakara Edet 
Nyok|27 December 2018 
The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Executive Governor of Cross River state on Entrepreneurship and Job Placement, Mr Joseph Edet popularly addressed by his couture brand name, Lashakara has debunked insinuations peddled to the effect that he replaced the impressive national flag usually situated at the Millennium Park (Eleven Eleven), Calabar because of the disposition to be Commissioner for Tourism Development probably in the next political administration in the state beginning from, May 2019. 
SSA Edet made this remark yesterday on social media in reaction to a controversy that erupted over the news of the return of the flag. Edet said his perspective to work is that it is collective. The SSA added that he respects the office of the incumbent Commissioner for Tourism Development, he is not in a struggle. 
His words, ‘Sorry guys! I’m not struggling positions with anybody.. Working  is a collective job. I respect Eric’s office with all sincerity and I believe he is doing his best. The flag is a UTILITY PROJECT’.

Stand up comedian and former On Air Personality, Mr Friday ‘Last Prophet’ Awade who’s currently vying for the Cross River State House of Assembly has queried whether the move by the SSA to replace the flag is not misplacement of priorities. According to him, ‘But I am just thinking, was this not supposed to be one of the Duties of the Commissioner for culture and Tourism?
Please o I am just asking to know, no attack meant… Or is it As a result of misplacement of Priorities?’ 
The replaced flag has polarised Cross Riverians on line, some commending I thers mocking. 25th December witnessed the replacement of the 3 by 6 meters flag formerly reputed to be the longest in the world.

For SSA Edet, replacing the flag is not replacing the incumbent Commissioner for Tourism Development, Anderson. But, can someone address Awade’s question: is this misplacement of priorities or not? Or, why didn’t he do it in collaboration with the Office of Commissioner for Tourism Development? 

Efio-Ita Nyok is the blogger-in-chief, editor-in-chief & publisher of NEGROIDHAVEN