Ayade urges youths to embrace govt’s socio-economic initiatives



Governor Ben Ayande of Cross River has urged youths to take advantage of government’s industrialisation initiative for self development and socio-economic growth of the state.

Ayade made the call during the grand finale of the 2019 Leboku International Festival held into the late hours of Saturday in Ugep, Yakurr Local Government Area.

He said the youths needed to return to agriculture and participate actively in both food and cash crop production.

Ayade who was represented by his Deputy, Prof. Ivara Esu expressed concerns pockets of crisis in some part of the state describing it as “unwholesome and impeding the socioeconomic growth of the affected communities and the state.’’

He urged the traditional rulers as the custodians of traditional norms to rise to the challenge of nipping the negative development in the bud.

“At the inter-state level, we are taking proactive measures to stem the tide of boundary clashes between our state and the neighbouring states through appropriate synergy with critical federal agencies for appropriate boundary delineation.

“I call for calm and restraint from our people as this unwholesome development impedes socioeconomic growth; no investor will be willing to set up a business in a troubled or insecure area,” he said.

He however commended the communities in Yakurr LGA, adding that in the past there used to be pockets of violence in the area but the LGA was gradually returning to sustainable peace.

According to Ayade, as an `added spice’ to the 2019 celebration of Leboku, the state government had introduced tree planting to reclaim and regenerate the forest stock after trees were felled in the course of land preparation for the 275 kilometers super highway project.

He added that the Leboku Festival held a great future for Yakurr indigenes, the state and the nation at large.

“Through the festival, we hope to re-engineer a focus on the need for our youths to return to agriculture and participate actively in both food and cash crop production.

“As we strive to transform Cross River from a civil service state to a prosperous entity anchored on agriculture and industrial development, I urge the youths across the state to key into this initiative and contribute to the development of our economy,” he said.

Eteng thanked the state government for its intervention in the historical sites in the LGA through the office of the former commissioner for culture and tourism.

He however appealed to the governor to look into the resettlement process of the Ebijakara people who had been living as refugees in Ugep and other communities in the state for 14 years.

He also asked for a booster station to be built in Yakurr so that the people could view government programmes through the Cross River Broadcasting Corporation (CRBC).

He further appealed to the governor to resuscitate Ugep Ayade Quick Win electricity project that had not been functional for the past five months due to non-supply of diesel.

The Paramount Ruler thanked MTN Nigeria, a major sponsor of the festival for their continuous support since the festival started in 2007.

The Leboku International Festival, initiated in 2007, celebrates the `arrival’ of new yam known as the “king of crops.”

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Democracy Day: Commissioner lauds Gov. Ayade’s industrial revolution in C/River



The Commissioner for Environment in Cross River, Mr Mfon Bassey, has commended Gov. Ben Ayade’s industrial revolution in the state as Nigeria celebrates the 2020 Democracy Day.

Bassey gave the commendation in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Calabar on Friday.

He said that Ayade had expanded the frontiers of Agro revolution through the establishment of the rice seedlings factory, cocoa processing plant and many others across the 18 Local government Areas of the state.

The commissioner said that the industries established by the state governor had engaged many youths in productive ventures to earn a living.

He specifically pointed out that the garment factory established by the governor had recorded tremendous success since inception.

He explained that the garment factory aside engaging over 1,000 workers who were mostly women, had also produced free millions of face masks for residents in the state to enhance the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Cassava factory, the Noodles factory and Chicken processing factory are industries with great potential and economic benefits to the state.

“Recently, the governor also unveiled the Personal Protective Equipment produced in the garment factory to be distributed free to students across the state as the government plans to reopen schools,” Bassey said.

The commissioner maintained that Gov. Ayade placed premium on the clean and green status of the state, hence the ongoing environmental works across the state.

On governance, he commended Ayade for the prompt payment of salaries and for engaging many youths with political appointments to serve in his cabinet.

Bassey said that the appointments had given the youth a sense of belonging and also brought them close to taking leadership positions.

The commissioner also lauded the governor for the successful conduct of the recent local government elections which the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) emerged winner in all the Councillorship and Chairmanship positions.

He called on residents of the state to continue to support and pray for the governor with a view to enable him deliver the dividends of democracy for the continuous growth and development of the state.

Edited By: Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
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First anniversary: Ayade lauds C/River lawmakers’ patriotism, dedication



Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River, on Thursday, commended the leadership and members of the state House of Assembly for their steadfastness, patriotism and dedication to parliamentary duties since their inauguration on June 11, 2019.
The governor gave the commendation in his congratulatory message to the assembly, issued by Mr Christian Ita, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity in Calabar.
He noted that the state legislature had so far performed excellently through robust engagement and dutiful discharge of its law making and oversight functions.
Ayade added that the assembly had initiated people-oriented laws, which, he said, were the products of sound legislation and leadership.
“Since the inauguration of the Ninth Assembly last year, the House has given unalloyed support to the other two arms of government, especially the executive arm, without compromising its independence.
“There is no doubt that the honourable members of the current assembly have the interest of their constituents and the entire state at heart, considering the laws they had passed so far,” Ayade said.
The governor expressed profound gratitude to the lawmakers for demonstrating legislative sagacity during the trying times, occasioned by the COVID-9 pandemic.
He explained that the lawmakers had been an integral part of the epic fight against the global pandemic, adding the feat had positioned Cross River on the global map as a COVID-19-free state in Nigeria.
“The legislative backing we have enjoyed from the assembly in the past one year has seen us attaining the enviable status of a COVID-19-free state,” he said.
Ayade implored the assembly to sustain the legislative tempo by enacting more people-oriented laws that would assist government in ensuring good governance and constructive policies and programmes targeted at moving the people of the state out of poverty.
“With the foundation laid within the past one year, the journey for a four-year term has just begun.
“We must spare no effort in building an industrialised Cross River that will continue to provide jobs and put food on the table of the ordinary man.
“This should be our common ground, if we must leave behind an indelible mark for posterity to know that Cross River once witnessed a government that did its utmost best to transform the lives of the citizens through the right decisions and policies, pursued with consummate exactitude.
“I enjoin our honourable members, who are the representatives of the people and the closest to them at the grassroots, to continue to mobilise them to show more understanding and support to the government, as we work hard to make Cross River a better place,” Ayade said.

Edited By: Buhari Bolaji and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
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Igbo community in C’River commends Ayade, raises security advisory committee



Igbo community resident in Cross River, has commended Gov. Ben Ayade for his fight against insecurity in the state, announcing setting up of an advisory committee to compliment his effort.

The commendation is contained in a statement signed by Mr Ugoji Nwabueze, leader of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo in the state.

Nwabueze issued the statement after a caucus security meeting he summoned to review constant kidnappings in the state.

He remarked that Igbos, resident in the Cross River acknowledged that insecurity, which was growing globally, was no longer the exclusive responsibility of the state but all.

Nwabueze, a Lawyer, who is also the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Non-Indigenes Affairs (Igbo) observed that the current measures put in place by the government in fighting insecurity in the state have proven to be efficient in tackling security challenges.

The Igbos commend the governor for rising to the challenge of insecurity in the state through the demolition of property acquired by kidnappers, through ill-gotten ransom.

Also, the declaration of 35 cultists on the wanted list, whose activities greatly affected the economy and nightlife of the state, thereby, reducing its tourism potentials.

Consequently, the Igbo community in Cross River has set up a security advisory committee for information gathering, sensitisation and close networking with security agencies in the state.

The Igbos are saying, constant kidnapping of people and high insecurity caused by senseless cult wars in the state have greatly affected the business fortunes of the state,’’ Nwabueze said.

He gave an instance of one Chief Jude Odinka, a 70-year-old businessman with health complications kidnapped, over a month ago and is yet to be released, as well as several others who have died in the process, after ransom, as too many atrocities that cannot be tolerated any longer.

The Igbo leader appealed to the governor, not to be intimidated by pressures or blackmail from people, who wanted to use insecurity in the state to rubbish his programmes.

“The meeting rose with the resolution that any Igbo son caught in acts that constituted insecurity to the government of the state would be allowed to face the consequences,’’ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state government recently engaged in massive demolition of property belonging to suspected kidnappers and cult leaders at large in Calabar South Local Government Area of the state.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
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C’River LG service commission lauds Ayade over training of civil servants



The Commission’s Chairman, Dr Peter Adigeb, who was represented by the Supervisory Commissioner for Boki Local Government Council made the commendation at the beginning of training of 200 civil servants in Boki.

He said that the civil servants would also be trained in information, security, and preparation of financial records, among others.

Adigeb noted that training and retraining of staff was an inherent mandate of the commission.

“I like to commend the Boki Local Government Council in general and the Department of Education specifically for blazing the trail in manpower development and training.

“In spite of the daunting security challenges facing Boki, which has rendered many residents of the council area internally displaced, you commenced the training,’’ he said.

Also, Mr Emmanuel Otu, Head of Local Government Administration for Boki, urged the commission to invoke extant rules of reward mechanism on deserving staff to serve as incentive to the performing ones and motivation to others.

For her part, the Director of Boki Local Government Health Authority, Mrs Rose Ikobi stressed the need to ensure the observance of all protocols as set by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Ikobi ensured that participants washed their hands and wore masks, used hand sanitiser while maintaining social distance.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that resource persons for the training were drawn from different fields of endeavour including the Local Government Service Commission, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) among others.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide (NAN)
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