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  •  As Nigeria marks its 60th Independence Anniversary a lawmaker in the Crose River House of Assembly Mr Hilary Bisong has called on Nigerians to be united in order to curb the security challenges facing the nation In his Independence message made available to journalists on Thursday in Calabar the lawmaker said it was only unity love and cooperation of all Nigerians that would help to reduce cases of insecurity across the country Bisong who commended the military for its doggedness in the fight against insurgency in troubled spots in the country called on President Muhammadu Buhari to re appraise the operations of the security chiefs He noted that no meaningful development can thrive in a hostile situation hence the need for the Federal Government to deploy adequate manpower to trouble spots across the country Bisong called on Nigerians to always avail security agencies with timely information that would help them to respond to cases of emergency on time Nigeria is 60 today and we have to be thankful to God that the country has remained one irrespective of its numerous challenges At this critical stage in time we must close ranks and show our unity in order to help us defeat the myriads of security challenges facing us daily he said On employment the lawmaker observed that Nigeria was celebrating her 60th Independence anniversary with millions of youths still unemployed He urged the Federal and State Governments to budget social funds that would help the youths to start productive small scale businesses The lawmaker lauded Gov Ben Ayade industrial drive in Cross River expressing assurance that the industries would generate more revenue to the state coffers and provide jobs for the youths He thanked his constituents for their continued support and corporation for all his activities adding that he would continue to deliver dividends of democracy to them Edited By Ismail Abdulaziz Source NAN
    Independence: Lawmaker tasks Nigerians on unity to curb security challenges 
     As Nigeria marks its 60th Independence Anniversary a lawmaker in the Crose River House of Assembly Mr Hilary Bisong has called on Nigerians to be united in order to curb the security challenges facing the nation In his Independence message made available to journalists on Thursday in Calabar the lawmaker said it was only unity love and cooperation of all Nigerians that would help to reduce cases of insecurity across the country Bisong who commended the military for its doggedness in the fight against insurgency in troubled spots in the country called on President Muhammadu Buhari to re appraise the operations of the security chiefs He noted that no meaningful development can thrive in a hostile situation hence the need for the Federal Government to deploy adequate manpower to trouble spots across the country Bisong called on Nigerians to always avail security agencies with timely information that would help them to respond to cases of emergency on time Nigeria is 60 today and we have to be thankful to God that the country has remained one irrespective of its numerous challenges At this critical stage in time we must close ranks and show our unity in order to help us defeat the myriads of security challenges facing us daily he said On employment the lawmaker observed that Nigeria was celebrating her 60th Independence anniversary with millions of youths still unemployed He urged the Federal and State Governments to budget social funds that would help the youths to start productive small scale businesses The lawmaker lauded Gov Ben Ayade industrial drive in Cross River expressing assurance that the industries would generate more revenue to the state coffers and provide jobs for the youths He thanked his constituents for their continued support and corporation for all his activities adding that he would continue to deliver dividends of democracy to them Edited By Ismail Abdulaziz Source NAN
    Independence: Lawmaker tasks Nigerians on unity to curb security challenges 
    General news2 years ago

    Independence: Lawmaker tasks Nigerians on unity to curb security challenges 

    As Nigeria marks its 60th Independence Anniversary, a lawmaker in the Crose River House of Assembly, Mr Hilary Bisong, has called on Nigerians to be united in order to curb the security challenges facing the nation.

    In his Independence message made available to journalists on Thursday in Calabar, the lawmaker said it was only unity, love and cooperation of all Nigerians that would help to reduce cases of insecurity across the country.

    Bisong, who commended the military for its doggedness in the fight against insurgency in troubled spots in the country, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to re-appraise the operations of the security chiefs.

    He noted that no meaningful development can thrive in a hostile situation, hence the need for the Federal Government to deploy adequate manpower to trouble spots across the country.

    Bisong called on Nigerians to always avail security agencies with timely information that would help them to respond to cases of emergency on time.

    “Nigeria is 60 today and we have to be thankful to God that the country has remained one irrespective of its numerous challenges.

    “At this critical stage in time, we must close ranks and show our unity in order to help us defeat the myriads of security challenges facing us daily,” he said.

    On employment, the lawmaker observed that Nigeria was celebrating her 60th Independence anniversary with millions of youths still unemployed.

    He urged the Federal and State Governments to budget social funds that would help the youths to start productive small scale businesses.

    The lawmaker lauded Gov. Ben Ayade industrial drive in Cross River, expressing assurance that the industries would generate more revenue to the state coffers and provide jobs for the youths.

    He thanked his constituents for their continued support and corporation for all his activities, adding that he would continue to deliver dividends of democracy to them.


    Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
    Source: NAN

  •  Some farmers and residents of Cross River have commended the Federal Government over its programmes in the agricultural sector They expressed their views while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Calabar on President Muhammadu Buhari s 9 point agenda among which are agricultural development and provision of security Mr Etim Nakanda Chairman All Farmers Association of Nigeria AFAN in the state says that the present administration has performed well in the sector through its policies and programmes Nakanda commends the Federal Government for initiating programmes meant to assist farmers in boosting crop production I must commend the present administration for its various programmes in the agricultural sector It has really done well he said Nakanda however advised the government to put into practice most of its policies saying that there is little impact at the local government levels I must say that the efforts of the government are rarely felt in the local government areas There are no fertilizer no input distribution and above all the average farmer still uses hoes and cutlasses he said Nakanda appealed to the Federal Government to provide tractors for each local government area in Nigeria for mechanized agriculture Mr Oliver Ntui Chairman Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria RIFAN Cross River branch also praised the Federal Government s rice intervention programme saying the initiative saved the nation during the COVID 19 lockdown Ntui told NAN that the local rice production sustained Nigerians during the lockdown Everywhere was locked down without movement and importation but the local rice production sustained the economy and I want to say thank you to Mr President he said According to him through RIFAN and the Central Bank of Nigeria s CBN Anchor Borrowers Scheme 2020 rice farmers in the state received various inputs Ntui said the inputs include organic fertilizer agro chemicals knapsack sprayers and pumping machines which boosted rice production geometrically Also speaking Mr Godshield Kanjal Chief Executive Officer of Kalmz Farms lauded the government s agricultural initiatives I think the Federal Government is really trying its best but more still need to be done especially in ensuring that these lofty programmes get to rural farmers This will attract women and the youth to embrace farming Kanjal said In his own assessment the Deputy Speaker of Cross River House of Assembly Mr Joseph Bassey urged President Muhammadu Buhari to restructure the security system in order to safeguard lives and properties of Nigerians Bassey who represents Calabar 1 Constituency notes that insecurity has continued to threaten the peace and economic growth of the country He notes that with an effective security network businesses will thrive and development of all sectors will be enhanced Bassey emphasizes the need for security chiefs to improve on intelligence gathering to stem the tide of insecurity in the country He laments that most Nigerians have been displaced from their ancestral homes due to activities of bandits and Boko Haram especially in the North East region The Deputy Speaker suggests that the nation s security apparatus should be the overhauled to bring in new hands with fresh ideas to tackle insurgency and banditry across the country For me I think there is a lot to be done in the area of security The military and all relevant security agencies must rise up and stop these insurgents from killing innocent Nigerians As a country we need to have a sincere approach towards dealing with matters of insecurity The issue of killings across the country is taking another dimension and these should be a thing of concern to all of us Nigerian soldiers are one of the most gallant military forces in the world when it comes to ground battle I want to urge the military to come out with new operational strategies towards handling these issues of banditry and Boko Haram The President should overhaul the security chiefs and bring in new hands because the present ones seem to be running out of ideas or lacking the necessary zeal to go further with the operation Bassey said Another lawmaker Mr Hilary Bisong who represents Boki 2 State Constituency in the state assembly praises the President for the rehabilitation of the Obubra Ikom Federal Highway in the state Bisong however appealed to the President to release more funds to contractors to enable them to return to site and continue their work He notes that good roads network drives commerce and other economic activities and also prevents road crashes hence the need for more attention to be paid to road infrastructure Cross River is blessed with abundant natural resources that generate revenue to the Federal Government coffers It is not pleasing to see that our roads have become death traps years after years The quarries in Akamkpa are taken to other states yet our roads have remained in a deplorable state Bisong laments Reporters Edited By Dianabasi Effiong Razak Owolabi Source NAN
    FG’s 9-point agenda: Cross River residents give assessments on agric., security
     Some farmers and residents of Cross River have commended the Federal Government over its programmes in the agricultural sector They expressed their views while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Calabar on President Muhammadu Buhari s 9 point agenda among which are agricultural development and provision of security Mr Etim Nakanda Chairman All Farmers Association of Nigeria AFAN in the state says that the present administration has performed well in the sector through its policies and programmes Nakanda commends the Federal Government for initiating programmes meant to assist farmers in boosting crop production I must commend the present administration for its various programmes in the agricultural sector It has really done well he said Nakanda however advised the government to put into practice most of its policies saying that there is little impact at the local government levels I must say that the efforts of the government are rarely felt in the local government areas There are no fertilizer no input distribution and above all the average farmer still uses hoes and cutlasses he said Nakanda appealed to the Federal Government to provide tractors for each local government area in Nigeria for mechanized agriculture Mr Oliver Ntui Chairman Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria RIFAN Cross River branch also praised the Federal Government s rice intervention programme saying the initiative saved the nation during the COVID 19 lockdown Ntui told NAN that the local rice production sustained Nigerians during the lockdown Everywhere was locked down without movement and importation but the local rice production sustained the economy and I want to say thank you to Mr President he said According to him through RIFAN and the Central Bank of Nigeria s CBN Anchor Borrowers Scheme 2020 rice farmers in the state received various inputs Ntui said the inputs include organic fertilizer agro chemicals knapsack sprayers and pumping machines which boosted rice production geometrically Also speaking Mr Godshield Kanjal Chief Executive Officer of Kalmz Farms lauded the government s agricultural initiatives I think the Federal Government is really trying its best but more still need to be done especially in ensuring that these lofty programmes get to rural farmers This will attract women and the youth to embrace farming Kanjal said In his own assessment the Deputy Speaker of Cross River House of Assembly Mr Joseph Bassey urged President Muhammadu Buhari to restructure the security system in order to safeguard lives and properties of Nigerians Bassey who represents Calabar 1 Constituency notes that insecurity has continued to threaten the peace and economic growth of the country He notes that with an effective security network businesses will thrive and development of all sectors will be enhanced Bassey emphasizes the need for security chiefs to improve on intelligence gathering to stem the tide of insecurity in the country He laments that most Nigerians have been displaced from their ancestral homes due to activities of bandits and Boko Haram especially in the North East region The Deputy Speaker suggests that the nation s security apparatus should be the overhauled to bring in new hands with fresh ideas to tackle insurgency and banditry across the country For me I think there is a lot to be done in the area of security The military and all relevant security agencies must rise up and stop these insurgents from killing innocent Nigerians As a country we need to have a sincere approach towards dealing with matters of insecurity The issue of killings across the country is taking another dimension and these should be a thing of concern to all of us Nigerian soldiers are one of the most gallant military forces in the world when it comes to ground battle I want to urge the military to come out with new operational strategies towards handling these issues of banditry and Boko Haram The President should overhaul the security chiefs and bring in new hands because the present ones seem to be running out of ideas or lacking the necessary zeal to go further with the operation Bassey said Another lawmaker Mr Hilary Bisong who represents Boki 2 State Constituency in the state assembly praises the President for the rehabilitation of the Obubra Ikom Federal Highway in the state Bisong however appealed to the President to release more funds to contractors to enable them to return to site and continue their work He notes that good roads network drives commerce and other economic activities and also prevents road crashes hence the need for more attention to be paid to road infrastructure Cross River is blessed with abundant natural resources that generate revenue to the Federal Government coffers It is not pleasing to see that our roads have become death traps years after years The quarries in Akamkpa are taken to other states yet our roads have remained in a deplorable state Bisong laments Reporters Edited By Dianabasi Effiong Razak Owolabi Source NAN
    FG’s 9-point agenda: Cross River residents give assessments on agric., security
    Agriculture2 years ago

    FG’s 9-point agenda: Cross River residents give assessments on agric., security

    Some farmers and residents of Cross River have commended the Federal Government over its programmes in the agricultural sector.

    They expressed their views while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Calabar on President Muhammadu Buhari’s 9 – point agenda among which are agricultural development and provision of security.

    Mr Etim Nakanda, Chairman, All Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in the state says that the present administration has performed well in the sector, through its policies and programmes.

    Nakanda commends the Federal Government for initiating programmes meant to assist farmers in boosting crop production.

    “I must commend the present administration for its various programmes in the agricultural sector. It has really done well,” he said.

    Nakanda however, advised the government to put into practice most of its policies, saying that, there is little impact at the local government levels.

    “I must say that, the efforts of the government are rarely felt in the local government areas.

    “There are no fertilizer; no input distribution and above all, the average farmer still uses hoes and cutlasses,’’ he said.

    Nakanda appealed to the Federal Government to provide tractors for each local government area in Nigeria for mechanized agriculture.

    Mr. Oliver Ntui, Chairman, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Cross River branch also praised the Federal Government’s rice intervention programme, saying the initiative saved the nation during the COVID-19 lockdown.

    Ntui told NAN that the local rice production sustained Nigerians during the lockdown.

    “Everywhere was locked down without movement and importation but the local rice production sustained the economy and I want to say thank you to Mr. President, ” he said.

    According to him, through RIFAN, and the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) Anchor Borrowers Scheme 2020, rice farmers in the state received various inputs.

    Ntui said the inputs include organic fertilizer, agro-chemicals, knapsack sprayers and pumping machines which boosted rice production geometrically.

    Also speaking, Mr. Godshield Kanjal, Chief Executive Officer of Kalmz Farms, lauded the government’s agricultural initiatives.

    “I think the Federal Government is really trying its best but more still need to be done, especially in ensuring that these lofty programmes get to rural farmers.

    “This will attract women and the youth to embrace farming,’’ Kanjal said.

    In his own assessment, the Deputy Speaker of Cross River House of Assembly, Mr. Joseph Bassey, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to restructure the security system in order to safeguard lives and properties of Nigerians.

    Bassey, who represents Calabar 1 Constituency notes that insecurity has continued to threaten the peace and economic growth of the country.

    He notes that with an effective security network, businesses will thrive and development of all sectors will be enhanced.

    Bassey emphasizes the need for security chiefs to improve on intelligence gathering to stem the tide of insecurity in the country.

    He laments that most Nigerians have been displaced from their ancestral homes due to activities of bandits and Boko Haram, especially in the North East region.

    The Deputy Speaker suggests that the nation’s security apparatus should be the overhauled to bring in new hands with fresh ideas to tackle insurgency and banditry across the country.

    “For me, I think there is a lot to be done in the area of security. The military and all relevant security agencies must rise up and stop these insurgents from killing innocent Nigerians.

    “As a country, we need to have a sincere approach towards dealing with matters of insecurity. The issue of killings across the country is taking another dimension and these should be a thing of concern to all of us.

    “Nigerian soldiers are one of the most gallant military forces in the world when it comes to ground battle. I want to urge the military to come out with new operational strategies towards handling these issues of banditry and Boko Haram.

    “The President should overhaul the security chiefs and bring in new hands because the present ones seem to be running out of ideas or lacking the necessary zeal to go further with the operation,’’ Bassey said.

    Another lawmaker, Mr. Hilary Bisong, who represents Boki 2 State Constituency in the state assembly, praises the President for the rehabilitation of the Obubra-Ikom Federal Highway in the state.

    Bisong however, appealed to the President to release more funds to contractors to enable them to return to site and continue their work.

    He notes that good roads network drives commerce and other economic activities and also prevents road crashes, hence the need for more attention to be paid to road infrastructure.

    “Cross River is blessed with abundant natural resources that generate revenue to the Federal Government coffers.

    “It is not pleasing to see that our roads have become death traps years after years. The quarries in Akamkpa are taken to other states, yet our roads have remained in a deplorable state,” Bisong laments. .

    Reporters/


    Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Razak Owolabi
    Source: NAN

  •   Palliatives Boki Cross River Mr Hilary Bisong a member representing Boki Constituency 2 in the Cross River House of Assembly has given palliatives to members of his constituency to cushion the effect of the lockdown occasioned by the Covid 19 pandemic The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the palliatives include 600 bags of rice cartons of maggi salt 1 000 face masks Bisong while presenting the palliatives in Boki Local Government Area on Wednesday said it was to ameliorate the plight of his constituents who needed more support and sensitisation during this time According to him it was important to remember the people this harsh period which has brought untold hardship to various families businesses and the global economy The Covid 19 pandemic has greatly affected the world s economy and the vulnerable in the society This simple donation of mine is targeted at the most vulnerable in my constituency because they are the ones who need these items most at this point in time As a lawmaker I am holding the mandate of the people and at a moment like this it is important for me to look back home and contribute my quota towards helping my people he said Bisong who also sensitised the people on the dangers of the Covid 19 pandemic urged them to always observe social distancing regular hand washing use of face masks and to also maintain a high standard of hygiene One of the beneficiaries Mrs Felicia Eban thanked the lawmaker for remembering them at this critical point in time Also Mr Peter Onabe said that the palliative would go a long way to cushion the effect of food shortage in his family adding that the lawmaker had demonstrated his love for his people Edited By Remi Koleoso Yemi Idris Aduloju NAN
    Covid-19: Lawmaker gives palliatives to constituents in C/River
      Palliatives Boki Cross River Mr Hilary Bisong a member representing Boki Constituency 2 in the Cross River House of Assembly has given palliatives to members of his constituency to cushion the effect of the lockdown occasioned by the Covid 19 pandemic The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the palliatives include 600 bags of rice cartons of maggi salt 1 000 face masks Bisong while presenting the palliatives in Boki Local Government Area on Wednesday said it was to ameliorate the plight of his constituents who needed more support and sensitisation during this time According to him it was important to remember the people this harsh period which has brought untold hardship to various families businesses and the global economy The Covid 19 pandemic has greatly affected the world s economy and the vulnerable in the society This simple donation of mine is targeted at the most vulnerable in my constituency because they are the ones who need these items most at this point in time As a lawmaker I am holding the mandate of the people and at a moment like this it is important for me to look back home and contribute my quota towards helping my people he said Bisong who also sensitised the people on the dangers of the Covid 19 pandemic urged them to always observe social distancing regular hand washing use of face masks and to also maintain a high standard of hygiene One of the beneficiaries Mrs Felicia Eban thanked the lawmaker for remembering them at this critical point in time Also Mr Peter Onabe said that the palliative would go a long way to cushion the effect of food shortage in his family adding that the lawmaker had demonstrated his love for his people Edited By Remi Koleoso Yemi Idris Aduloju NAN
    Covid-19: Lawmaker gives palliatives to constituents in C/River
    General news3 years ago

    Covid-19: Lawmaker gives palliatives to constituents in C/River

     

    Palliatives


    Boki (Cross River), Mr Hilary Bisong, a member representing Boki Constituency 2 in the Cross River House of Assembly, has given palliatives to members of his constituency to cushion the effect of the lockdown occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the palliatives include 600 bags of rice, cartons of maggi, salt, 1,000 face masks.

    Bisong, while presenting the palliatives in Boki Local Government Area on Wednesday, said it was to ameliorate the plight of his constituents, who needed more support and sensitisation during this time.

    According to him, it was important to remember the people this harsh period which has brought untold hardship to various families, businesses and the global economy.

    “The Covid-19 pandemic has greatly affected the world’s economy and the vulnerable in the society.

    “This simple donation of mine is targeted at the most vulnerable in my constituency because they are the ones who need these items most at this point in time.

    “As a lawmaker, I am holding the mandate of the people and at a moment like this, it is important for me to look back home and contribute my quota towards helping my people,” he said.

    Bisong, who also sensitised the people on the dangers of the Covid-19 pandemic, urged them to always observe social distancing, regular hand washing, use of face masks and to also maintain a high standard of hygiene.

    One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Felicia Eban, thanked the lawmaker for remembering them at this critical point in time.

    Also, Mr Peter Onabe, said that the palliative would go a long way to cushion the effect of food shortage in his family, adding that the lawmaker had demonstrated his love for his people.


    Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Yemi Idris-Aduloju (NAN)

  •  Fire incident has destroyed economic crops worth millions of Naira in Cross River communities of Agba Bansan and Obubra in Boki local government area of state The mysterious fire incident which started from the night of March 12 to the early hours of March 13 destroyed economic crops such as cocoa plantain banana oil palm trees bush mango and avocado peer The destruction covered an area of over 1 000 hectares which covers the three communities Clan Head of Agba 2 community Mr Patrick Ekpang who conducted Nigeria News Agency Correspondent around the disaster area said the incident had caused hunger in the affected communities Ekpang told NAN that over 200 farmers were affected by the fire incident adding that the victims had become jobless in their communities and without food to feed their families As you can see the entire farming forest have been destroyed by fire We woke up one morning to hear that fire has gutted the entire farmlands involving three communities We all rushed to the area but before we could put off the fire our economic trees have all been destroyed Before the incident some cocoa and oil palm farmers were preparing for harvest before the fire struck We have lost millions of Naira and now some of our youths who also own large farmlands have become jobless in their own communities We are appealing to the National Emergency Management Agency Cross River State Emergency Management Agency Office of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management including corporate organisations and individuals to come to our aid We need food and financial assistance to help us procure more nursery and inputs to start a fresh planting ahead of the rainy season he said Mr Hilary Bisong the House of Assembly member representing Boki 2 who is from Agba community called on the state and Federal Government to provide relief materials and financial assistance to the victims Another victim Mr Stephen Asu told NAN that the tragic incident had caused poverty on the side of the victims We have become beggars in our own communities Until now we don t know the immediate cause of the fire incident that has damaged our economic trees and rendered us jobless and hungry he said For Mr Peter Agbor who said the fire incident started from his farm lamented that his 20 hectares of cocoa oil palm trees and avocado trees all got burnt For me I have four children I don t have any other occupation apart from farming There is serious hunger in my house now because I can no longer harvest my crops for sale and the one we consume at home has been deflated he said Other victims Mr Paul Eban from Bansan and Mr Denis Akan from Obubra communities also appealed to the SEMA and NEMA to come to their aid Mr Princewill Ayim Director General of Cross River State Emergency Management Agency confirmed that the incident had been reported to the agency Ayim told NAN that the agency had taken assessment on the extent of damage caused by the fire incident He said the that SEMA had made a letter of notification to the Zonal office of NEMA with a view to help the victims with relief materials We are still in the dry season I want to advise farmers in the rural areas to stop the burning of bushes within this period I sympathise with the affected victims because I know the hardship that has befallen them We hope that relevant agencies will intervene swiftly to ameliorate their plight he said Edited By Ismail Abdulaziz NAN
    Fire destroys economic crops in C/River communities
     Fire incident has destroyed economic crops worth millions of Naira in Cross River communities of Agba Bansan and Obubra in Boki local government area of state The mysterious fire incident which started from the night of March 12 to the early hours of March 13 destroyed economic crops such as cocoa plantain banana oil palm trees bush mango and avocado peer The destruction covered an area of over 1 000 hectares which covers the three communities Clan Head of Agba 2 community Mr Patrick Ekpang who conducted Nigeria News Agency Correspondent around the disaster area said the incident had caused hunger in the affected communities Ekpang told NAN that over 200 farmers were affected by the fire incident adding that the victims had become jobless in their communities and without food to feed their families As you can see the entire farming forest have been destroyed by fire We woke up one morning to hear that fire has gutted the entire farmlands involving three communities We all rushed to the area but before we could put off the fire our economic trees have all been destroyed Before the incident some cocoa and oil palm farmers were preparing for harvest before the fire struck We have lost millions of Naira and now some of our youths who also own large farmlands have become jobless in their own communities We are appealing to the National Emergency Management Agency Cross River State Emergency Management Agency Office of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management including corporate organisations and individuals to come to our aid We need food and financial assistance to help us procure more nursery and inputs to start a fresh planting ahead of the rainy season he said Mr Hilary Bisong the House of Assembly member representing Boki 2 who is from Agba community called on the state and Federal Government to provide relief materials and financial assistance to the victims Another victim Mr Stephen Asu told NAN that the tragic incident had caused poverty on the side of the victims We have become beggars in our own communities Until now we don t know the immediate cause of the fire incident that has damaged our economic trees and rendered us jobless and hungry he said For Mr Peter Agbor who said the fire incident started from his farm lamented that his 20 hectares of cocoa oil palm trees and avocado trees all got burnt For me I have four children I don t have any other occupation apart from farming There is serious hunger in my house now because I can no longer harvest my crops for sale and the one we consume at home has been deflated he said Other victims Mr Paul Eban from Bansan and Mr Denis Akan from Obubra communities also appealed to the SEMA and NEMA to come to their aid Mr Princewill Ayim Director General of Cross River State Emergency Management Agency confirmed that the incident had been reported to the agency Ayim told NAN that the agency had taken assessment on the extent of damage caused by the fire incident He said the that SEMA had made a letter of notification to the Zonal office of NEMA with a view to help the victims with relief materials We are still in the dry season I want to advise farmers in the rural areas to stop the burning of bushes within this period I sympathise with the affected victims because I know the hardship that has befallen them We hope that relevant agencies will intervene swiftly to ameliorate their plight he said Edited By Ismail Abdulaziz NAN
    Fire destroys economic crops in C/River communities
    Environment3 years ago

    Fire destroys economic crops in C/River communities

    Fire incident has destroyed economic crops worth millions of Naira in Cross River communities of Agba, Bansan, and Obubra in Boki local government area of state.

    The mysterious fire incident, which started from the night of March 12 to the early hours of March 13, destroyed economic crops such as cocoa, plantain, banana, oil palm trees, bush mango and avocado peer.

    The destruction covered an area of over 1,000 hectares which covers the three communities.

    Clan Head of Agba 2 community, Mr Patrick Ekpang, who conducted Nigeria News Agency Correspondent around the disaster area, said the incident had caused hunger in the affected communities.

    Ekpang told NAN that over 200 farmers were affected by the fire incident, adding that the victims had become jobless in their communities and without food to feed their families.

    “As you can see, the entire farming forest have been destroyed by fire. We woke up one morning to hear that fire has gutted the entire farmlands involving three communities.

    “We all rushed to the area, but before we could put off the fire, our economic trees have all been destroyed. Before the incident, some cocoa and oil palm farmers were preparing for harvest before the fire struck.

    “We have lost millions of Naira and now, some of our youths who also own large farmlands have become jobless in their own communities.

    “We are appealing to the National Emergency Management Agency, Cross River State Emergency Management Agency, Office of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management including corporate organisations and individuals to come to our aid.

    “We need food and financial assistance to help us procure more nursery and inputs to start a fresh planting ahead of the rainy season,” he said.

    Mr Hilary Bisong, the House of Assembly member representing Boki 2, who is from Agba community, called on the state and Federal Government to provide relief materials and financial assistance to the victims.

    Another victim, Mr Stephen Asu, told NAN that the tragic incident had caused poverty on the side of the victims.

    “We have become beggars in our own communities. Until now, we don’t know the immediate cause of the fire incident that has damaged our economic trees and rendered us jobless and hungry”, he said.

    For Mr Peter Agbor, who said the fire incident started from his farm, lamented that his 20 hectares of cocoa, oil palm trees and avocado trees all got burnt.

    “For me, I have four children; I don’t have any other occupation apart from farming. There is serious hunger in my house now because I can no longer harvest my crops for sale and the one we consume at home has been deflated”, he said.

    Other victims, Mr Paul Eban from Bansan and Mr Denis Akan from Obubra communities, also appealed to the SEMA and NEMA to come to their aid.

    Mr Princewill Ayim, Director General of Cross River State Emergency Management Agency, confirmed that the incident had been reported to the agency.

    Ayim told NAN that the agency had taken assessment on the extent of damage caused by the fire incident.

    He said the that SEMA had made a letter of notification to the Zonal office of NEMA with a view to help the victims with relief materials.

    “We are still in the dry season, I want to advise farmers in the rural areas to stop the burning of bushes within this period.

    “I sympathise with the affected victims because I know the hardship that has befallen them. We hope that relevant agencies will intervene swiftly to ameliorate their plight,” he said.


    Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
    (NAN)

  •  A bill to strengthen operations of the Vehicle Inspection Officers VIOs has scaled second reading on the floor of the Cross River House of Assembly The bill tagged Cross River State Motor Vehicle Administration Directorate Bill 2020 sought to facilitate the establishment of a directorate which would serve as a regulatory and enforcement body to ensure effective motor vehicle administration in the state Sponsor of the bill Mr Hilary Bisong who led the debate during plenary expressed concerns over the presence of the Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC on internal roads within Calabar metropolis Bisong however called on the FRSC to limit their operations to federal highways in line with their mandate According to Bisong the FRSC mandate is to prevent or minimise accidents on highways and educate drivers and motorists and other members of the public on the use of highwaysHe further stated that if passed the law would make the Directorate a revenue generating agency which would boost the resources of the state as well as generate employment for residents In their separate contributions members noted that the bill would enhance the transportation sector ensure standards security and safety and also facilitate effective road maintenance within Calabar metropolis Speaker of the Assembly Mr Eteng Williams committed the bill to the House Committee on Transport and Marine Services for further legislative action with a directive to report to the house in two weeks Edited By Chioma Ugboma Ismail Abdulaziz
    VIO operations bill scales 2nd reading in C/River assembly
     A bill to strengthen operations of the Vehicle Inspection Officers VIOs has scaled second reading on the floor of the Cross River House of Assembly The bill tagged Cross River State Motor Vehicle Administration Directorate Bill 2020 sought to facilitate the establishment of a directorate which would serve as a regulatory and enforcement body to ensure effective motor vehicle administration in the state Sponsor of the bill Mr Hilary Bisong who led the debate during plenary expressed concerns over the presence of the Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC on internal roads within Calabar metropolis Bisong however called on the FRSC to limit their operations to federal highways in line with their mandate According to Bisong the FRSC mandate is to prevent or minimise accidents on highways and educate drivers and motorists and other members of the public on the use of highwaysHe further stated that if passed the law would make the Directorate a revenue generating agency which would boost the resources of the state as well as generate employment for residents In their separate contributions members noted that the bill would enhance the transportation sector ensure standards security and safety and also facilitate effective road maintenance within Calabar metropolis Speaker of the Assembly Mr Eteng Williams committed the bill to the House Committee on Transport and Marine Services for further legislative action with a directive to report to the house in two weeks Edited By Chioma Ugboma Ismail Abdulaziz
    VIO operations bill scales 2nd reading in C/River assembly
    Defence/Security3 years ago

    VIO operations bill scales 2nd reading in C/River assembly

    A bill to strengthen operations of the Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) has scaled second reading on the floor of the Cross River House of Assembly.

    The bill tagged: ‘’Cross River State Motor Vehicle Administration Directorate Bill 2020’’ sought to facilitate the establishment of a directorate which would serve as a regulatory and enforcement body to ensure effective motor vehicle administration in the state.

    Sponsor of the bill, Mr Hilary Bisong, who led the debate during plenary, expressed concerns over the presence of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on internal roads within Calabar metropolis.

    Bisong, however, called on the FRSC to limit their operations to federal highways in line with their mandate.

    According to Bisong, the FRSC mandate is to prevent or minimise accidents on highways and educate drivers and motorists and other members of the public on the use of highways

    He further stated that if passed, the law would make the Directorate a revenue generating agency which would boost the resources of the state as well as generate employment for residents.

    In their separate contributions, members noted that the bill would enhance the transportation sector, ensure standards, security and safety and also facilitate effective road maintenance within Calabar metropolis.

    Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Eteng Williams, committed the bill to the House Committee on Transport and Marine Services for further legislative action with a directive to report  to the house in two weeks.


    Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ismail Abdulaziz

  •  Mr Hilary Bisong a member of the Cross River House of Assembly has called on the Federal Government to improve the welfare for families of slain soldiers who lost their lives while in active service Bisong who represents Boki II State Constituency in the Assembly made the call on Wednesday in Calabar in an interview with Nigeria News Agency during the occasion of the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day He said that one of the ways to remember the committed service of the slain soldiers was to improve the welfare of their families through improved monetary package and timely payment of their benefits The lawmaker lauded the Armed Forces for their role in defending the territorial integrity of the nation and called for prayers for personnel currently in troubled areas in the North East for peace keeping When a soldier dies in the line of duty it is the responsibility of the government to provide succour for his family and improve their welfare In the past one decade Nigeria had faced myriads of security challenges and this has threatened the peace of the nation We can restore this peace by bringing progress back to the people through improved welfare and funding for our security personnel including training and provision of modern equipment to aid their operations As a nation we should make it a priority to fund security How do you expect a soldier to give his all when the weapon he is carrying is not commiserate to that of the insurgents or militants he is confronting He however said that there was no better time for the government to be committed to the adequate funding of security and defence than now The constitution states clearly that the primary responsibility of the government is to provide security and welfare for the citizens When the soldiers are not adequately provided and cared for their morale of securing the nation will be lowered The recruitment into the military should not be broken down into ethnicity or tribe it should be based on quota system and this should bring in unity into the country he said He also called on the Federal Government to place insurance on the lives of the soldiers in order to give them the morale and zeal to give in their best at moment of crisis and challenges One of the ways to care about the Armed Forces in Nigeria is to place a premium on their lives This will even secure their families in case of death Let us copy the system of Americans where the soldiers are all been insured and that is why they can give up their lives to secure their country and are ready to die as war heroes Edited by Abiodun Esan Ismail Abdulaziz
    Lawmaker advocates better welfare for families of slain soldiers 
     Mr Hilary Bisong a member of the Cross River House of Assembly has called on the Federal Government to improve the welfare for families of slain soldiers who lost their lives while in active service Bisong who represents Boki II State Constituency in the Assembly made the call on Wednesday in Calabar in an interview with Nigeria News Agency during the occasion of the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day He said that one of the ways to remember the committed service of the slain soldiers was to improve the welfare of their families through improved monetary package and timely payment of their benefits The lawmaker lauded the Armed Forces for their role in defending the territorial integrity of the nation and called for prayers for personnel currently in troubled areas in the North East for peace keeping When a soldier dies in the line of duty it is the responsibility of the government to provide succour for his family and improve their welfare In the past one decade Nigeria had faced myriads of security challenges and this has threatened the peace of the nation We can restore this peace by bringing progress back to the people through improved welfare and funding for our security personnel including training and provision of modern equipment to aid their operations As a nation we should make it a priority to fund security How do you expect a soldier to give his all when the weapon he is carrying is not commiserate to that of the insurgents or militants he is confronting He however said that there was no better time for the government to be committed to the adequate funding of security and defence than now The constitution states clearly that the primary responsibility of the government is to provide security and welfare for the citizens When the soldiers are not adequately provided and cared for their morale of securing the nation will be lowered The recruitment into the military should not be broken down into ethnicity or tribe it should be based on quota system and this should bring in unity into the country he said He also called on the Federal Government to place insurance on the lives of the soldiers in order to give them the morale and zeal to give in their best at moment of crisis and challenges One of the ways to care about the Armed Forces in Nigeria is to place a premium on their lives This will even secure their families in case of death Let us copy the system of Americans where the soldiers are all been insured and that is why they can give up their lives to secure their country and are ready to die as war heroes Edited by Abiodun Esan Ismail Abdulaziz
    Lawmaker advocates better welfare for families of slain soldiers 
    Defence/Security3 years ago

    Lawmaker advocates better welfare for families of slain soldiers 

    Mr Hilary Bisong, a member of the Cross River House of Assembly, has called on the Federal Government to improve the welfare for families of slain soldiers who lost their lives while in active service.

    Bisong, who represents Boki II State Constituency in the Assembly, made the call on Wednesday in Calabar in an interview with Nigeria News Agency during the occasion of the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.

    He said that one of the ways to remember the committed service of the slain soldiers was to improve the welfare of their families through improved monetary package and timely payment of their benefits.

    The lawmaker lauded the Armed Forces for their role in defending the territorial integrity of the nation and called for prayers for personnel currently in troubled areas in the North East for peace keeping.

    “When a soldier dies in the line of duty, it is the responsibility of the government to provide succour for his family and improve their welfare.

    “In the past one decade, Nigeria had faced myriads of security challenges and this has threatened the peace of the nation.

    “We can restore this peace by bringing progress back to the people through improved welfare and funding for our security personnel including training and provision of modern equipment to aid their operations.

    “As a nation we should make it a priority to fund security. How do you expect a soldier to give his all when the weapon he is carrying is not commiserate to that of the insurgents or militants he is confronting?”

    He, however, said that there was no better time for the government to be committed to the adequate funding of security and defence than now.

    “The constitution states clearly that the primary responsibility of the government is to provide security and welfare for the citizens.

    “When the soldiers are not adequately provided and cared for; their morale of securing the nation will be lowered.

    “The recruitment into the military should not be broken down into ethnicity or tribe, it should be based on quota system and this should bring in unity into the country,” he said.

    He also called on the Federal Government to place insurance on the lives of the soldiers in order to give them the morale and zeal to give in their best at moment of crisis and challenges.

    “One of the ways to care about the Armed Forces in Nigeria is to place a premium on their lives. This will even secure their families in case of death.

    “Let us copy the system of Americans where the soldiers are all been insured and that is why they can give up their lives to secure their country and are ready to die as war heroes.

    Edited by: Abiodun Esan/Ismail Abdulaziz

  •  Some Port Harcourt based reggae music enthusiasts have described the death of reggae star Ras Kimono as a huge loss to the music industry The reggae Icon known for his popular hit singles Under Pressure Rat Race and We no Want among others was reported dead on Sunday in Lagos Reports say he was scheduled to travel for medical treatment in the U S but complained sick and was rushed to a hospital in Lagos where he died A Port Harcourt based reggae fan and entertainer Eugene Abels said the death of Ras Kimono was a rude shock Kimono was ebullient and lived the reggae genre in every aspect of his life People all over the world can testify to this He was a reservoir of knowledge I make bold to say that his pool of work remains a gold mine for upcoming artistes he said Another reggae fan Chuks Akasi who described the late Ras Kimo as a musician of rare breed said that his demise was a blow to the industry Many upcoming reggae artistes would have learnt a lot from him if he had lived longer than this he still had a lot to offer I know the industry will miss him greatly he combined elegance and boldness in his delivery he was a gem he said NAN reports that Ras Kimono originally called Ukeleke Onwubuya dwelt more on social change and colonialism in his style of music that intermingled Jamaican and African native influence The Calabar Carnival commission as well as lawmaker in Cross River also mourn late Ras Kimono The Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission Mr Gabe Onah has described as painful the death of the popular reggae star Ras Kimono who died on Sunday May 10 after a brief illness Onah told NAN in Calabar that Ras Kimono was a legend of his kind who boosted the impetus of the Calabar carnival with his place among Rastafarians Oh My God this is sad news Ras Kimono was a legend in his area he boosted the impetus of the Calabar carnival and festival with his place among Rastafarians I remember the pivotal role he played during the carnival reggae nights He has a good number of fans across Africa and the globe and his message of hope was quite appealing to a cross spectrum of the society May his peerless soul rest in peace we will miss him Onah said Also reacting to his dearth Mr Hilary Bisong a member of the Cross River House of Assembly said that Ras Kimono redefined the face of reggae music in Nigeria Bisong who said he is a lover of reggae music added that the dead of Ras Kimono came as a shock to him and his numerous fans We have a lost a rare reggae star in the person of Ras Kimono One of his albums Under Pressure was a hit of the town when it was released in 1989 May God give the family the strength to bear this irreparable lost he said Ras Kimono was born in 1958 in Delta state he died on June 10 in Lagos after a brief illness Edited by Dianabasi Effiong Ekemini Ladejobi NAN
    Reggae fans describe late Ras Kimono as model, reservoir of knowledge
     Some Port Harcourt based reggae music enthusiasts have described the death of reggae star Ras Kimono as a huge loss to the music industry The reggae Icon known for his popular hit singles Under Pressure Rat Race and We no Want among others was reported dead on Sunday in Lagos Reports say he was scheduled to travel for medical treatment in the U S but complained sick and was rushed to a hospital in Lagos where he died A Port Harcourt based reggae fan and entertainer Eugene Abels said the death of Ras Kimono was a rude shock Kimono was ebullient and lived the reggae genre in every aspect of his life People all over the world can testify to this He was a reservoir of knowledge I make bold to say that his pool of work remains a gold mine for upcoming artistes he said Another reggae fan Chuks Akasi who described the late Ras Kimo as a musician of rare breed said that his demise was a blow to the industry Many upcoming reggae artistes would have learnt a lot from him if he had lived longer than this he still had a lot to offer I know the industry will miss him greatly he combined elegance and boldness in his delivery he was a gem he said NAN reports that Ras Kimono originally called Ukeleke Onwubuya dwelt more on social change and colonialism in his style of music that intermingled Jamaican and African native influence The Calabar Carnival commission as well as lawmaker in Cross River also mourn late Ras Kimono The Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission Mr Gabe Onah has described as painful the death of the popular reggae star Ras Kimono who died on Sunday May 10 after a brief illness Onah told NAN in Calabar that Ras Kimono was a legend of his kind who boosted the impetus of the Calabar carnival with his place among Rastafarians Oh My God this is sad news Ras Kimono was a legend in his area he boosted the impetus of the Calabar carnival and festival with his place among Rastafarians I remember the pivotal role he played during the carnival reggae nights He has a good number of fans across Africa and the globe and his message of hope was quite appealing to a cross spectrum of the society May his peerless soul rest in peace we will miss him Onah said Also reacting to his dearth Mr Hilary Bisong a member of the Cross River House of Assembly said that Ras Kimono redefined the face of reggae music in Nigeria Bisong who said he is a lover of reggae music added that the dead of Ras Kimono came as a shock to him and his numerous fans We have a lost a rare reggae star in the person of Ras Kimono One of his albums Under Pressure was a hit of the town when it was released in 1989 May God give the family the strength to bear this irreparable lost he said Ras Kimono was born in 1958 in Delta state he died on June 10 in Lagos after a brief illness Edited by Dianabasi Effiong Ekemini Ladejobi NAN
    Reggae fans describe late Ras Kimono as model, reservoir of knowledge
    Entertainment4 years ago

    Reggae fans describe late Ras Kimono as model, reservoir of knowledge

    Some Port Harcourt-based reggae music enthusiasts have described the death of reggae star, Ras Kimono as a huge loss to the music industry.

    The reggae Icon, known for his popular hit singles `Under Pressure’, `Rat Race’, and `We no Want’ among others, was reported dead on Sunday in Lagos.

    Reports say he was scheduled to travel for medical treatment in the U.S. but complained sick and was rushed to a hospital in Lagos where he died.

    A Port Harcourt-based reggae fan and entertainer, Eugene Abels said the death of Ras Kimono was a rude shock.

    “Kimono was ebullient and lived the reggae genre in every aspect of his life. People all over the world can testify to this.

    “He was a reservoir of knowledge, I make bold to say that his pool of work remains a gold mine for upcoming artistes,’’ he said.

    Another reggae fan, Chuks Akasi, who described the late Ras Kimo as `a musician of rare breed’, said that his demise was a blow to the industry.

    “Many upcoming reggae artistes would have learnt a lot from him if he had lived longer than this; he still had a lot to offer.

    “ I know the industry will miss him greatly, he combined elegance and boldness in his delivery, he was a gem,’’ he said.

    NAN reports that Ras Kimono, originally called Ukeleke Onwubuya dwelt more on social change and colonialism in his style of music that intermingled Jamaican and African native influence.

    The Calabar Carnival commission as well as lawmaker in Cross River also mourn late Ras Kimono.

    The Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission, Mr Gabe Onah, has described as `painful’ the death of the popular reggae star, Ras Kimono, who died on Sunday May 10 after a brief illness.

    Onah told NAN in Calabar that Ras Kimono was a legend of his kind who boosted the impetus of the Calabar carnival with his place among Rastafarians.

    “Oh My God, this is sad news. Ras Kimono was a legend in his area; he boosted the impetus of the Calabar carnival and festival with his place among Rastafarians.

    “I remember the pivotal role he played during the carnival reggae nights.

    “ He has a good number of fans across Africa and the globe and his message of hope was quite appealing to a cross spectrum of the society.

    “May his peerless soul rest in peace; we will miss him’’, Onah said.

    Also reacting to his dearth, Mr Hilary Bisong, a member of the Cross River House of Assembly, said that Ras Kimono redefined the face of reggae music in Nigeria.

    Bisong, who said he is a lover of reggae music, added that the dead of Ras Kimono came as a shock to him and his numerous fans.

    “We have a lost a rare reggae star in the person of Ras Kimono. One of his albums, `Under Pressure’ was a hit of the town when it was released in 1989.

    “May God give the family the strength to bear this irreparable lost’’, he said.

    Ras Kimono was born in 1958 in Delta state; he died on June 10 in Lagos after a brief illness.

    Edited by: Dianabasi Effiong/Ekemini Ladejobi
    (NAN)

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