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  •  Two hundred youths in Cross River have been selected to undergo entrepreneurial development training after which they will receive N10 million each to start up or expand their businesses The initiative scheme comes under a partnership between the Cross River Government and the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN through the Agro Small and Medium Enterprises Investment Scheme AGSMIS Gov Ben Ayade inaugurated the scheme on Tuesday in Calabar The scheme according to him seeks to empower up to 3 000 youths and women between 2020 and 2023 and to stem the tide of irregular migration out of the country The governor said he created the office of the Migration Control Service to ensure that youths remained in the state and access viable opportunities for a better life Represented by his Deputy Prof Ivara Esu the governor said that many youths think life was easier outside Nigeria prompting them to embark on a dangerous journey abroad through the deserts and the Mediterranean Sea He said that many lose their lives while others become slaves in such a journey I am happy the programme has started 200 youths have been selected in the first phase to benefit from the training and access finance I hope as time goes on the programme will expand to accommodate more people It is a thing of pride to own your own business So I want to encourage the youths to stop looking for white collar jobs and start owning their businesses through which they can employ other youths thus stemming the tide of unemployment and irregular migration he said Earlier Mr Michael Abuo Director General Cross River Migration Control Services said that the initiative was to create opportunities for youths and women in the state Abuo said the beneficiaries would be trained for one week after which they would be guided to submit their business proposals to have access to finance of up to N10 million to start or expand their businesses The funding comes from the CBN through AGSMIS put in place by the Federal Government to provide finance for small and medium scale enterprises both start ups and already existing businesses What we are doing as a state is creating the platform for our people to key into the scheme and to access the available opportunities We are however hoping that in the first phase 200 jobs will be created directly while about 1 000 would be created indirectly through the value chain created by each of the businesses he said Edited By Johnson Eyiangho Abdulfatah Babatunde NAN
    200 C/River youths to get N10m business-starter each – Ayade
     Two hundred youths in Cross River have been selected to undergo entrepreneurial development training after which they will receive N10 million each to start up or expand their businesses The initiative scheme comes under a partnership between the Cross River Government and the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN through the Agro Small and Medium Enterprises Investment Scheme AGSMIS Gov Ben Ayade inaugurated the scheme on Tuesday in Calabar The scheme according to him seeks to empower up to 3 000 youths and women between 2020 and 2023 and to stem the tide of irregular migration out of the country The governor said he created the office of the Migration Control Service to ensure that youths remained in the state and access viable opportunities for a better life Represented by his Deputy Prof Ivara Esu the governor said that many youths think life was easier outside Nigeria prompting them to embark on a dangerous journey abroad through the deserts and the Mediterranean Sea He said that many lose their lives while others become slaves in such a journey I am happy the programme has started 200 youths have been selected in the first phase to benefit from the training and access finance I hope as time goes on the programme will expand to accommodate more people It is a thing of pride to own your own business So I want to encourage the youths to stop looking for white collar jobs and start owning their businesses through which they can employ other youths thus stemming the tide of unemployment and irregular migration he said Earlier Mr Michael Abuo Director General Cross River Migration Control Services said that the initiative was to create opportunities for youths and women in the state Abuo said the beneficiaries would be trained for one week after which they would be guided to submit their business proposals to have access to finance of up to N10 million to start or expand their businesses The funding comes from the CBN through AGSMIS put in place by the Federal Government to provide finance for small and medium scale enterprises both start ups and already existing businesses What we are doing as a state is creating the platform for our people to key into the scheme and to access the available opportunities We are however hoping that in the first phase 200 jobs will be created directly while about 1 000 would be created indirectly through the value chain created by each of the businesses he said Edited By Johnson Eyiangho Abdulfatah Babatunde NAN
    200 C/River youths to get N10m business-starter each – Ayade
    Economy2 years ago

    200 C/River youths to get N10m business-starter each – Ayade

    Two hundred youths in Cross River have been selected to undergo entrepreneurial development training after which they will receive N10 million each to start up or expand their businesses.

    The initiative scheme comes under a partnership between the Cross River Government and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) through the Agro Small and Medium Enterprises Investment Scheme (AGSMIS).

    Gov. Ben Ayade inaugurated the scheme on Tuesday in Calabar.

    The scheme, according to him, seeks to empower up to 3,000 youths and women between 2020 and 2023 and to stem the tide of irregular migration out of the country.

    The governor said he created the office of the Migration Control Service to ensure that youths remained in the state and access viable opportunities for a better life.

    Represented by his Deputy, Prof. Ivara Esu, the governor said that many youths think life was easier outside Nigeria, prompting them to embark on a dangerous journey abroad through the deserts and the Mediterranean Sea.

    He said that many lose their lives while others become slaves in such a journey.

    “I am happy the programme has started, 200 youths have been selected in the first phase to benefit from the training and access finance.

    “I hope as time goes on, the programme will expand to accommodate more people.

    “It is a thing of pride to own your own business.

    “So, I want to encourage the youths to stop looking for white-collar jobs and start owning their businesses through which they can employ other youths thus, stemming the tide of unemployment and irregular migration,’’ he said.

    Earlier, Mr Michael Abuo, Director-General, Cross River Migration Control Services said that the initiative was to create opportunities for youths and women in the state.

    Abuo said the beneficiaries would be trained for one week after which they would be guided to submit their business proposals to have access to finance of up to N10 million to start or expand their businesses.

    “The funding comes from the CBN through AGSMIS put in place by the Federal Government to provide finance for small and medium scale enterprises both start-ups and already existing businesses.

    “What we are doing as a state is creating the platform for our people to key into the scheme and to access the available opportunities.

    “We are, however, hoping that in the first phase, 200 jobs will be created directly while about 1,000 would be created indirectly through the value chain created by each of the businesses,’’ he said.


    Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

  •  The Cross River Deputy Governor Prof Ivara Esu has tasked the state s steering committee on Agro Processing Productive Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support APPEALS project to ensure speedy completion of the projects Esu who gave the charge at a closed door meeting with members of the committee in his office in Calabar on Friday said the committee should try to meet up the World Bank s implementation target The deputy governor expressed displeasure at the slow and poor performance of the APPEALS project in the state so far said that other states had gone ahead of Cross River He noted that the state was known for taking the lead in agro programmes in the country According to him the committee meeting for the second time only since it took off in October 2018 is not good enough for the state The project which is very important was designed to come to a close within six years and it took off in 2017 We have already spent one year since we started only for preparations The world bank APPEALS project has been dealing with very important value chain crops including cocoa rice maize and poultry which are crops needed to feed the major industries the state government has set up You have to brace up to meet the target of the implementation of the World Bank project in the state he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of those present at the meeting were the Commissioner for Agriculture Mr Okon Owuna and the Commissioner for Commerce Mrs Rosemary Archibong Others included the Commissioner for International Donor Corporation Dr Inyang Asibong and the representative of the Commissioner for Finance Mr Ben Olom Edited By Chioma Ugboma Ejike Obeta NAN
    C’ River Dep. Gov. tasks committee on speedy implementation of APPEALS project
     The Cross River Deputy Governor Prof Ivara Esu has tasked the state s steering committee on Agro Processing Productive Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support APPEALS project to ensure speedy completion of the projects Esu who gave the charge at a closed door meeting with members of the committee in his office in Calabar on Friday said the committee should try to meet up the World Bank s implementation target The deputy governor expressed displeasure at the slow and poor performance of the APPEALS project in the state so far said that other states had gone ahead of Cross River He noted that the state was known for taking the lead in agro programmes in the country According to him the committee meeting for the second time only since it took off in October 2018 is not good enough for the state The project which is very important was designed to come to a close within six years and it took off in 2017 We have already spent one year since we started only for preparations The world bank APPEALS project has been dealing with very important value chain crops including cocoa rice maize and poultry which are crops needed to feed the major industries the state government has set up You have to brace up to meet the target of the implementation of the World Bank project in the state he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of those present at the meeting were the Commissioner for Agriculture Mr Okon Owuna and the Commissioner for Commerce Mrs Rosemary Archibong Others included the Commissioner for International Donor Corporation Dr Inyang Asibong and the representative of the Commissioner for Finance Mr Ben Olom Edited By Chioma Ugboma Ejike Obeta NAN
    C’ River Dep. Gov. tasks committee on speedy implementation of APPEALS project
    General news3 years ago

    C’ River Dep. Gov. tasks committee on speedy implementation of APPEALS project

    The Cross River Deputy Governor, Prof. Ivara Esu, has tasked the state’s steering committee on Agro Processing, Productive Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) project to ensure speedy completion of the projects.

    Esu who gave the charge at a closed door meeting with members of the committee in his office in Calabar on Friday, said the committee should try to meet up the World Bank’s implementation target.

    The deputy governor expressed displeasure at the slow and poor performance of the APPEALS project in the state so far, said that other states had gone ahead of Cross River.

    He noted that the state was known for taking the lead in agro-programmes in the country.

    According to him, the committee, meeting for the second time only since it took off in October 2018, is not good enough for the state.

    “The project which is very important was designed to come to a close within six years and it took-off in 2017. We have already spent one year since we started only for preparations.

    “The world bank APPEALS project has been dealing with very important value chain crops including cocoa, rice, maize and poultry which are crops needed to feed the major industries the state government has set up.

    “You have to brace up to meet the target of the implementation of the World Bank project in the state,” he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of those present at the meeting were the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Okon Owuna and the Commissioner for Commerce, Mrs Rosemary Archibong.

    Others included  the Commissioner for International Donor Corporation, Dr. Inyang Asibong and the representative of the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Ben Olom.



    Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

  •  The Cross River Government has begun transplant of 10 million cocoa seedlings in the government owned cocoa estates across the state The Deputy Governor of the state Prof Ivara Esu flagged off the exercise at Abia in Bendeghe community of Etung Local Government Area of the state on Monday Esu said the transplant was part of efforts by the state government to revamp the moribund cocoa estates across the state for optimum utilisation He said government had taken giant strides aimed at boosting cocoa production in the state He maintained that the state government placed priority on cocoa production adding that the state would soon begin to export it It is our hope that revamping of the estates will increase the Gross Domestic Product GDP of the state Esu said The Special Adviser to the Governor on Cocoa Development and Control Dr Oscar Ofuka disclosed that government s target was to produce 500 000 tonnes of cocoa per annum Ofuka said the plan had become imperative so as to feed the ultra modern cocoa processing factory at Ikom which would soon be inaugurated He revealed that the state was the second largest producer of cocoa in Nigeria adding that the it was poised to overtaking Ondo State as the leading cocoa producing state in the country We have the potential and the capacity to becoming the cocoa hub of Africa by surpassing Cote D voire which is the leading cocoa exporting country in Africa he said Oscar said that the transplant of improved cocoa seedlings was long overdue since the present cocoa plantations were established by late Dr Micheal Okpara s administration in the 1960s The Speaker of the State House of Assembly Eteng Jonah commended government for taking the state to a higher level in cocoa production He promised that the lawmakers would always support the efforts of government to recreate the economy of the state especially in view of the dwindling allocation from the federation account The deputy governor the speaker as well as other dignitaries later planted cocoa seedlings as a mark of solidarity for the project Edited By Mustapha Lamdi Ejike Obeta NAN
    C’ River begins transplant of 10m improved cocoa seedlings in govt.’s estates
     The Cross River Government has begun transplant of 10 million cocoa seedlings in the government owned cocoa estates across the state The Deputy Governor of the state Prof Ivara Esu flagged off the exercise at Abia in Bendeghe community of Etung Local Government Area of the state on Monday Esu said the transplant was part of efforts by the state government to revamp the moribund cocoa estates across the state for optimum utilisation He said government had taken giant strides aimed at boosting cocoa production in the state He maintained that the state government placed priority on cocoa production adding that the state would soon begin to export it It is our hope that revamping of the estates will increase the Gross Domestic Product GDP of the state Esu said The Special Adviser to the Governor on Cocoa Development and Control Dr Oscar Ofuka disclosed that government s target was to produce 500 000 tonnes of cocoa per annum Ofuka said the plan had become imperative so as to feed the ultra modern cocoa processing factory at Ikom which would soon be inaugurated He revealed that the state was the second largest producer of cocoa in Nigeria adding that the it was poised to overtaking Ondo State as the leading cocoa producing state in the country We have the potential and the capacity to becoming the cocoa hub of Africa by surpassing Cote D voire which is the leading cocoa exporting country in Africa he said Oscar said that the transplant of improved cocoa seedlings was long overdue since the present cocoa plantations were established by late Dr Micheal Okpara s administration in the 1960s The Speaker of the State House of Assembly Eteng Jonah commended government for taking the state to a higher level in cocoa production He promised that the lawmakers would always support the efforts of government to recreate the economy of the state especially in view of the dwindling allocation from the federation account The deputy governor the speaker as well as other dignitaries later planted cocoa seedlings as a mark of solidarity for the project Edited By Mustapha Lamdi Ejike Obeta NAN
    C’ River begins transplant of 10m improved cocoa seedlings in govt.’s estates
    Agriculture3 years ago

    C’ River begins transplant of 10m improved cocoa seedlings in govt.’s estates

    The Cross River Government has begun transplant of 10 million cocoa seedlings in the government-owned cocoa estates across the state.

    The Deputy Governor of the state, Prof. Ivara Esu, flagged off the exercise at Abia in Bendeghe community of Etung Local Government Area of the state on Monday.

    Esu said the transplant was part of efforts by the state government to revamp the moribund cocoa estates across the state for optimum utilisation.

    He said government had taken giant strides aimed at boosting cocoa production in the state.

    He maintained that the state government placed priority on cocoa production, adding that the state would soon begin to export it.

    “It is our hope that revamping of the estates will increase the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the state,” Esu said.

    The Special Adviser to the Governor on Cocoa Development and Control, Dr Oscar Ofuka, disclosed that government’s target was to produce 500,000 tonnes of cocoa per annum.

    Ofuka said the plan had become imperative so as to feed the ultra-modern cocoa processing factory at Ikom, which would soon be inaugurated.

    He revealed that the state was the second largest producer of cocoa in Nigeria, adding that the it was poised to overtaking Ondo State as the leading cocoa producing state in the country.

    “We have the potential and the capacity to becoming the cocoa hub of Africa by surpassing Cote D’voire, which is the leading cocoa exporting country in Africa,” he said.

    Oscar said that the transplant of improved cocoa seedlings was long overdue since the present cocoa plantations were established by late Dr Micheal Okpara’s administration in the 1960s.

    The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Eteng Jonah, commended government for taking the state to a higher level in cocoa production.

    He promised that the lawmakers would always support the efforts of government to recreate the economy of the state, especially in view of the dwindling allocation from the federation account.

    The deputy governor, the speaker as well as other dignitaries later planted cocoa seedlings as a mark of solidarity for the project.



    Edited By: Mustapha Lamdi/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

  •  The Cross River government on Wednesday says it has received two million euros donation from the European Union EU to aid in the preservation of the state s ecosystem The donation would be used in the management of the Cross River National Park by protecting the nation s drill gorillas which are the most threatened apes in Africa The state would also use it to enhance the livelihood of communities surrounding the forests in the state Mr Kurt Cornelius the EU Head of Cooperation said at the formal launch of the EU support for the preservation of forest ecosystems in Cross River that the fund which would run for the next four years would help enhance the livelihood of communities around the gorillas forest home The project would be implemented by the Wildlife Conservation Society of Nigeria in collaboration with the Nigeria National Park Service and the state government This project will help in the protection of natural resources in the forest and enhance EU and Nigeria s collaboration which will eventually impact the Gulf of Guinea he said Responding Gov Ben Ayade commended the EU saying the initiative would go a long way in changing for the better lives of people of those communities Ayade who was represented by his deputy Prof Ivara Esu said there should be deliberate education of the people not to harm the gorillas but to help sustain them and the ecosystem There should be a judicious application of the fund to lift the locals from abject poverty the fund should also be extended to cover other economic ventures for the locals instead of just support for cocoa planting he said The governor however said there was dire need for EU to further partner the state to open up the hinterlands which were inaccessible making transportation of goods to urban areas difficult for the dwellers Edited By Zainab Garba Nyisom Fiyigon Dore NAN
    EU donates €2m to C’ River for ecosystem preservation
     The Cross River government on Wednesday says it has received two million euros donation from the European Union EU to aid in the preservation of the state s ecosystem The donation would be used in the management of the Cross River National Park by protecting the nation s drill gorillas which are the most threatened apes in Africa The state would also use it to enhance the livelihood of communities surrounding the forests in the state Mr Kurt Cornelius the EU Head of Cooperation said at the formal launch of the EU support for the preservation of forest ecosystems in Cross River that the fund which would run for the next four years would help enhance the livelihood of communities around the gorillas forest home The project would be implemented by the Wildlife Conservation Society of Nigeria in collaboration with the Nigeria National Park Service and the state government This project will help in the protection of natural resources in the forest and enhance EU and Nigeria s collaboration which will eventually impact the Gulf of Guinea he said Responding Gov Ben Ayade commended the EU saying the initiative would go a long way in changing for the better lives of people of those communities Ayade who was represented by his deputy Prof Ivara Esu said there should be deliberate education of the people not to harm the gorillas but to help sustain them and the ecosystem There should be a judicious application of the fund to lift the locals from abject poverty the fund should also be extended to cover other economic ventures for the locals instead of just support for cocoa planting he said The governor however said there was dire need for EU to further partner the state to open up the hinterlands which were inaccessible making transportation of goods to urban areas difficult for the dwellers Edited By Zainab Garba Nyisom Fiyigon Dore NAN
    EU donates €2m to C’ River for ecosystem preservation
    General news3 years ago

    EU donates €2m to C’ River for ecosystem preservation

    The Cross River government on Wednesday, says it has received two million euros donation from the European Union (EU) to aid in the preservation of the state’s ecosystem.

    The donation would be used in the management of the Cross River National Park by protecting the nation’s drill gorillas, which are the most threatened apes in Africa.

    The state would also use it to enhance the livelihood of communities’ surrounding the forests in the state.

    Mr Kurt Cornelius, the EU Head of Cooperation, said at the formal launch of the EU support for the preservation of forest ecosystems in Cross River, that the fund, which would run for the next four years, would help enhance the livelihood of communities around the gorillas’ forest home.

    “The project would be implemented by the Wildlife Conservation Society of Nigeria, in collaboration with the Nigeria National Park Service and the state government.

    “This project will help in the protection of  natural resources in the forest and enhance EU and Nigeria’s collaboration, which will eventually impact the Gulf of Guinea,’’ he said.

    Responding, Gov. Ben Ayade, commended the EU saying the initiative would go a long way in changing for the better, lives of people of those communities.

    Ayade, who was represented by his deputy, Prof. Ivara Esu, said there should be deliberate education of the people not to harm the gorillas, but to help sustain them and the ecosystem.

    “There should be a judicious application of the fund to lift the locals from abject poverty, the fund should also be extended to cover other economic ventures for the locals, instead of just support for cocoa planting,’’ he said.

    The governor, however, said there was dire need for EU to further partner the state to open up the hinterlands which were inaccessible, making transportation of goods to urban areas difficult for the dwellers.


    Edited By: Zainab Garba/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
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  •  Rivers State Government on Wednesday announced that it committed the sum of N100 million for a scholarship programme to the children of the fallen heroes Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers who announced this at the Wreath Laying Ceremony in commemoration of 2020 AFRDC at the Isaac Boro Park Port Harcourt adding that the scholarship would be up to university level He also urged Nigerians to motivate and support the Nigerian Armed Forces in its efforts to defeat the insurgents in the North East Wike also directed the Secretary to the Rivers State Government to work out modalities for the State Government to support the Nigerian Legion and soldiers of Rivers State origin who pay the ultimate price He said The war on terror in the North East has raged for too long claiming too many military and civilian victims We must come together as a nation to do whatever that is necessary to support and motivate our soldiers to win this terrible war The Chairman of the Nigerian Legion in Rivers Justice Chichi commended the state governor for his kindness towards the welfare and support of ex servicemen and families of the fallen heroes He called on the state governor to assist the Legion with financial support for the sustenance of scholarships for the children of the fallen heroes The Legion Chairman also urged the governor to build a Secretariat for the Legion Also the Nigerian Legion Bayelsa chapter has called on the federal and state government to improve the well being of its members Mr Okubokeme Ogele Chairman of the Legionnaire who made the call in Yenagoa said improving their welfare would encourage the Armed Forces in peace keeping across states of the federation We need regular payment of our pension The federal government and state need to do more in the fight against insecurity We know the issue of funding is a very huge challenge but we must not relent in supporting the soldiers in checkmating insecurity The soldiers have done well especially in the states that have security challenge I commend them all those in Army Navy and Air Force on peace keeping Ogele said In his remark Gov Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa commended the armed forces contributions to national development Dickson represented by Secretary to Secretary to State Government Kemela Okara said the state government was committed to improving the well being of members of the Armed Forces We know the Armed Forces Day is to celebrate the peaceful coexistence of the nation Today we are celebrating the brand of architecture that we are enjoying in their gallantry in peace keeping he said The Nigerian Legion Cross River chapter appealed to the government to pay members the newly approved Minimum wage of N30 000 Its chapter Chairman Michael Ekuk said the balance of the arrears owed them should also be paid According to him the money paid to members of the Nigerian Legion was too meagre and cannot take care of the members who are alive as well as the families of the deceased members We want the government to pay us the remaining balance of the arrears owed us if this is done our members who are still living will enjoy with their families Also we would be able to assist the widows and orphans of our fallen heroes and those that are bed ridden he said He however thanked the government for releasing part of the arrears owed members of the legion to put smiles on faces of his members The Deputy Governor of Cross River Prof Ivara Esu released white pigeons which symbolised peace and inspected a Guard of Honour Wreaths were also laid on the tomb of the unknown soldiers by dignitaries Similarly Gov Godwin Obaseki of Edo has called for reflection on the sacrifice made by fallen heroes to ensure the country remained united The governor said this year s celebration was remarkable marking 50 years since the end of Nigeria Civil war He said the sacrifices of fallen heroes should not be taken for granted and should serve as a reminder that the unity of Nigeria is non negotiable He said This year celebration is quite remarkable and it should remind us that people sacrifice their lives to keep this country united We should also remember that never again should we allow the incidence that led to the civil war occur Assistant Commandant General and Chairman Nigeria Legion Edo Council Sunny Eboigbe said the annual event should remind citizens of the essence of peace and stability as the most cherished ingredient for progress and development He appealed to government at all levels to initiate sustainable welfare packages for ex servicemen and widows of fallen heroes to reduce their dependence on charity Reporters Edited By Dianabasi Effiong Ismail Abdulaziz
    AFRDC 2020: Govt, soldiers, legionnaires laud Nigeria’s fallen heroes
     Rivers State Government on Wednesday announced that it committed the sum of N100 million for a scholarship programme to the children of the fallen heroes Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers who announced this at the Wreath Laying Ceremony in commemoration of 2020 AFRDC at the Isaac Boro Park Port Harcourt adding that the scholarship would be up to university level He also urged Nigerians to motivate and support the Nigerian Armed Forces in its efforts to defeat the insurgents in the North East Wike also directed the Secretary to the Rivers State Government to work out modalities for the State Government to support the Nigerian Legion and soldiers of Rivers State origin who pay the ultimate price He said The war on terror in the North East has raged for too long claiming too many military and civilian victims We must come together as a nation to do whatever that is necessary to support and motivate our soldiers to win this terrible war The Chairman of the Nigerian Legion in Rivers Justice Chichi commended the state governor for his kindness towards the welfare and support of ex servicemen and families of the fallen heroes He called on the state governor to assist the Legion with financial support for the sustenance of scholarships for the children of the fallen heroes The Legion Chairman also urged the governor to build a Secretariat for the Legion Also the Nigerian Legion Bayelsa chapter has called on the federal and state government to improve the well being of its members Mr Okubokeme Ogele Chairman of the Legionnaire who made the call in Yenagoa said improving their welfare would encourage the Armed Forces in peace keeping across states of the federation We need regular payment of our pension The federal government and state need to do more in the fight against insecurity We know the issue of funding is a very huge challenge but we must not relent in supporting the soldiers in checkmating insecurity The soldiers have done well especially in the states that have security challenge I commend them all those in Army Navy and Air Force on peace keeping Ogele said In his remark Gov Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa commended the armed forces contributions to national development Dickson represented by Secretary to Secretary to State Government Kemela Okara said the state government was committed to improving the well being of members of the Armed Forces We know the Armed Forces Day is to celebrate the peaceful coexistence of the nation Today we are celebrating the brand of architecture that we are enjoying in their gallantry in peace keeping he said The Nigerian Legion Cross River chapter appealed to the government to pay members the newly approved Minimum wage of N30 000 Its chapter Chairman Michael Ekuk said the balance of the arrears owed them should also be paid According to him the money paid to members of the Nigerian Legion was too meagre and cannot take care of the members who are alive as well as the families of the deceased members We want the government to pay us the remaining balance of the arrears owed us if this is done our members who are still living will enjoy with their families Also we would be able to assist the widows and orphans of our fallen heroes and those that are bed ridden he said He however thanked the government for releasing part of the arrears owed members of the legion to put smiles on faces of his members The Deputy Governor of Cross River Prof Ivara Esu released white pigeons which symbolised peace and inspected a Guard of Honour Wreaths were also laid on the tomb of the unknown soldiers by dignitaries Similarly Gov Godwin Obaseki of Edo has called for reflection on the sacrifice made by fallen heroes to ensure the country remained united The governor said this year s celebration was remarkable marking 50 years since the end of Nigeria Civil war He said the sacrifices of fallen heroes should not be taken for granted and should serve as a reminder that the unity of Nigeria is non negotiable He said This year celebration is quite remarkable and it should remind us that people sacrifice their lives to keep this country united We should also remember that never again should we allow the incidence that led to the civil war occur Assistant Commandant General and Chairman Nigeria Legion Edo Council Sunny Eboigbe said the annual event should remind citizens of the essence of peace and stability as the most cherished ingredient for progress and development He appealed to government at all levels to initiate sustainable welfare packages for ex servicemen and widows of fallen heroes to reduce their dependence on charity Reporters Edited By Dianabasi Effiong Ismail Abdulaziz
    AFRDC 2020: Govt, soldiers, legionnaires laud Nigeria’s fallen heroes
    General news3 years ago

    AFRDC 2020: Govt, soldiers, legionnaires laud Nigeria’s fallen heroes

    Rivers State Government on Wednesday announced that it committed the sum of N100 million for a scholarship programme to the children of the fallen heroes.

    Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers, who announced this at the Wreath Laying Ceremony in commemoration of 2020 AFRDC at the Isaac Boro Park, Port Harcourt, adding that the scholarship would be up to university level.

    He also urged Nigerians to motivate and support the Nigerian Armed Forces in its efforts to defeat the insurgents in the North-East.

    Wike also directed the Secretary to the Rivers State Government to work out modalities for the State Government to support the Nigerian Legion and soldiers of Rivers State origin who pay the ultimate price.

    He said: “The war on terror in the North-East has raged for too long, claiming too many military and civilian victims. We must come together as a nation to do whatever that is necessary to support and motivate our soldiers to win this terrible war.’’

    The Chairman of the Nigerian Legion in Rivers, Justice Chichi, commended the state governor for his kindness towards the welfare and support of ex-servicemen and families of the fallen heroes.

    He called on the state governor to assist the Legion with financial support for the sustenance of scholarships for the children of the fallen heroes.

    The Legion Chairman also urged the governor to build a Secretariat for the Legion.

    Also the Nigerian Legion, Bayelsa chapter has called on the federal and state government to improve the well being of its members.

    Mr Okubokeme Ogele, Chairman of the Legionnaire, who made the call in Yenagoa, said improving their welfare would encourage the Armed Forces in peace keeping across states of the federation.

    “We need regular payment of our pension. The federal government and state need to do more in the fight against insecurity. We know the issue of funding is a very huge challenge but we must not relent in supporting the soldiers in checkmating insecurity.

    “The soldiers have done well, especially in the states that have security challenge. I commend them all, those in Army, Navy and Air Force on peace keeping,” Ogele said.

    In his remark, Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa, commended the armed forces contributions to national development.

    Dickson, represented by Secretary to Secretary to State Government, Kemela Okara, said the state government was committed to improving the well-being of members of the Armed Forces.

    “We know the Armed Forces Day is to celebrate the peaceful coexistence of the nation. Today, we are celebrating the brand of architecture that we are enjoying in their gallantry in peace keeping,’’ he said.

    The Nigerian Legion, Cross River chapter, appealed to the government to pay members the newly approved Minimum wage of N30,000.

    Its chapter Chairman, Michael Ekuk said the balance of the arrears owed them should also be paid.

    According to him the money paid to members of the Nigerian Legion was too meagre and cannot take care of the members who are alive as well as the families of the deceased members.

    “We want the government to pay us the remaining balance of the arrears owed us, if this is done, our members who are still living will enjoy with their families.

    “Also, we would be able to assist the widows and orphans of our fallen heroes and those that are bed ridden,’’ he said.

    He however thanked the government for releasing part of the arrears owed members of the legion to put smiles on faces of his members.

    The Deputy Governor of Cross River, Prof. Ivara Esu, released white pigeons which symbolised peace and inspected a Guard of Honour.

    Wreaths were also laid on the tomb of the unknown soldiers by dignitaries.

    Similarly, Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has called for reflection on the sacrifice made by fallen heroes to ensure the country remained united.

    The governor said this year’s celebration was remarkable marking 50 years since the end of Nigeria Civil war.

    He said the sacrifices of fallen heroes should not be taken for granted and should serve as a reminder that the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable.

    He said: “This year celebration is quite remarkable and it should remind us that people sacrifice their lives to keep this country united. We should also remember that never again should we allow the incidence that led to the civil war occur.’’

    Assistant Commandant-General and Chairman, Nigeria Legion, Edo Council, Sunny Eboigbe, said the annual event should remind citizens of the essence of peace and stability as the most cherished ingredient for progress and development.

    He appealed to government at all levels to initiate sustainable welfare packages for ex-servicemen and widows of fallen heroes to reduce their dependence on charity.

    Reporters/


    Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Ismail Abdulaziz

  •  Gov Ben Ayade of Cross River on Friday inaugurated the state public service negotiating team for the implementation of the new minimum wage Nigeria News Agency reports that the inauguration was performed by the Deputy Governor Prof Ivara Esu in his office on behalf of the governor Ayade expressed the willingness of his administration to pay the new minimum wage of N30 000 We are only here to negotiate the consequential adjustments that will affect salaries from Grade levels 7 to 17 In doing that we carefully selected this team of technocrats and strong labour people not just from the state civil service but from the local government for the negotiations In carrying out this negotiations you must ensure that you think about the purse of the state because in the entire South South zone Cross River is the only state that does not get a penny as extra revenue coming from oil he said The governor advised the team not to recommend an amount that would cause the state to start owing salaries Ayade reminded the team of his labour friendly disposition adding that as a governor he had never derailed from paying salaries as and when due He further said that the Commissioner for Finance Accountant General and the Auditor General were included in the team in order to provide their books so that the team would know exactly what to negotiate on The terms of reference included to determine the effective date for the implementation determine and recommend any other issue incidental to the implementation of the new wage NAN reports that the committee is expected to present its report on or before Jan 31 Speaking Dr Chris Ekeng Ita the state Head of Service who is the Chairman of the team said the job had been made easy by the calibre of people appointed into the team On the union side they have the capacity and on the government side we have the capacity to negotiate and amicably come to a conclusion he said Edited by Tayo Ikujuni Sam Oditah
    Ayade inaugurates minimum wage negotiation team
     Gov Ben Ayade of Cross River on Friday inaugurated the state public service negotiating team for the implementation of the new minimum wage Nigeria News Agency reports that the inauguration was performed by the Deputy Governor Prof Ivara Esu in his office on behalf of the governor Ayade expressed the willingness of his administration to pay the new minimum wage of N30 000 We are only here to negotiate the consequential adjustments that will affect salaries from Grade levels 7 to 17 In doing that we carefully selected this team of technocrats and strong labour people not just from the state civil service but from the local government for the negotiations In carrying out this negotiations you must ensure that you think about the purse of the state because in the entire South South zone Cross River is the only state that does not get a penny as extra revenue coming from oil he said The governor advised the team not to recommend an amount that would cause the state to start owing salaries Ayade reminded the team of his labour friendly disposition adding that as a governor he had never derailed from paying salaries as and when due He further said that the Commissioner for Finance Accountant General and the Auditor General were included in the team in order to provide their books so that the team would know exactly what to negotiate on The terms of reference included to determine the effective date for the implementation determine and recommend any other issue incidental to the implementation of the new wage NAN reports that the committee is expected to present its report on or before Jan 31 Speaking Dr Chris Ekeng Ita the state Head of Service who is the Chairman of the team said the job had been made easy by the calibre of people appointed into the team On the union side they have the capacity and on the government side we have the capacity to negotiate and amicably come to a conclusion he said Edited by Tayo Ikujuni Sam Oditah
    Ayade inaugurates minimum wage negotiation team
    Economy3 years ago

    Ayade inaugurates minimum wage negotiation team

    Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River on Friday inaugurated the state public service negotiating team for the implementation of the new minimum wage.

    Nigeria News Agency reports that the inauguration was performed by the Deputy Governor, Prof. Ivara Esu, in his office on behalf of the governor.

    Ayade expressed the willingness of his administration to pay the new minimum wage of N30,000.

    “We are only here to negotiate the consequential adjustments that will affect salaries from Grade levels 7 to 17.

    “In doing that, we carefully selected this team of technocrats and strong labour people not just from the state civil service but from the local government for the negotiations.

    “In carrying out this negotiations, you must ensure that you think about the purse of the state because in the entire South South zone, Cross River is the only state that does not get a penny as extra revenue coming from oil”, he said.

    The governor advised the team not to recommend an amount that would cause the state to start owing salaries.

    Ayade reminded the team of his labour-friendly disposition, adding that, as a governor, he had never derailed from paying salaries as and when due.

    He further said that the Commissioner for Finance, Accountant-General and the Auditor-General were included in the team in order to provide their books so that the team would know exactly what to negotiate on.

    The terms of reference included to determine the effective date for the implementation, determine and recommend any other issue incidental to the implementation of the new wage.

    NAN reports that the committee is expected to present its report on or before Jan. 31.

    Speaking, Dr Chris Ekeng-Ita, the state Head of Service, who is the Chairman of the team, said the job had been made easy by the calibre of people appointed into the team.

    “On the union side, they have the capacity and on the government side, we have the capacity to negotiate and amicably come to a conclusion,” he said.

    (Edited by: Tayo Ikujuni/Sam Oditah)

  •   No fewer than 22 states and 15 local government areas in Cross River are participating in the 2019 cultural carnival held on Thursday in Calabar Some of the states include Kebbi Anambra Akwa Ibom Benue Ebonyi Lagos and Rivers Speaking at the flag off of the event Mr Gabe Onah Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission said the event was designed to promote Nigeria s tourism and cultural potentials Onah said that the theme of the 2019 Carnival Humanity was carefully chosen to show kindness and love Today we are here to tell the story of one Nigeria and culture as the platform of our tourism That truly culture is the palm oil with which our tourism is eaten This year we are playing humanity and we have 22 states present out of the 26 that were expected We have been on the road in last 24 days with the flag off of the city walk and the festival village has been agog with over 10 000 fun seekers daily Also we have 15 local government areas in the state here present with their different cultural costumes to hit the streets he said He added that the street dance for the cultural carnival would be for 6 kilometres with 3 adjudication points Earlier while flagging off the event Deputy Governor of the state Prof Ivara Esu welcomed all the participants and tourists into the city of Calabar for the festival Esu said that the Carnival would be used to showcase the rich heritage of the people of Nigeria in different forms He stressed that it was in the importance of the Carnival theme Humanity that Gov Ben Ayade created the Ministry of Humanity and Social Welfare Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz NAN
    22 states, 15 LGAs participate in Calabar cultural carnival 
      No fewer than 22 states and 15 local government areas in Cross River are participating in the 2019 cultural carnival held on Thursday in Calabar Some of the states include Kebbi Anambra Akwa Ibom Benue Ebonyi Lagos and Rivers Speaking at the flag off of the event Mr Gabe Onah Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission said the event was designed to promote Nigeria s tourism and cultural potentials Onah said that the theme of the 2019 Carnival Humanity was carefully chosen to show kindness and love Today we are here to tell the story of one Nigeria and culture as the platform of our tourism That truly culture is the palm oil with which our tourism is eaten This year we are playing humanity and we have 22 states present out of the 26 that were expected We have been on the road in last 24 days with the flag off of the city walk and the festival village has been agog with over 10 000 fun seekers daily Also we have 15 local government areas in the state here present with their different cultural costumes to hit the streets he said He added that the street dance for the cultural carnival would be for 6 kilometres with 3 adjudication points Earlier while flagging off the event Deputy Governor of the state Prof Ivara Esu welcomed all the participants and tourists into the city of Calabar for the festival Esu said that the Carnival would be used to showcase the rich heritage of the people of Nigeria in different forms He stressed that it was in the importance of the Carnival theme Humanity that Gov Ben Ayade created the Ministry of Humanity and Social Welfare Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz NAN
    22 states, 15 LGAs participate in Calabar cultural carnival 
    General news3 years ago

    22 states, 15 LGAs participate in Calabar cultural carnival 

    No fewer than 22 states and 15 local government areas in Cross River are participating in the 2019 cultural carnival held on Thursday in Calabar.

    Some of the states include Kebbi, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Ebonyi, Lagos and Rivers.

    Speaking at the flag off of the event, Mr Gabe Onah, Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission, said the event was designed to promote Nigeria’s tourism and cultural potentials.

    Onah said that the theme of the 2019 Carnival “Humanity” was carefully chosen to show kindness and love.

    “Today we are here to tell the story of one Nigeria and culture as the platform of our tourism. That truly culture is the palm oil with which our tourism is eaten.

    “This year, we are playing humanity and we have 22 states present out of the 26 that were expected.

    “We have been on the road in last 24 days with the flag off of the city walk and the festival village has been agog with over 10,000 fun seekers daily.

    “Also, we have 15 local government areas in the state here present with their different cultural costumes to hit the streets,” he said.

    He added that the street dance for the cultural carnival would be for 6 kilometres with 3 adjudication points.

    Earlier, while flagging off the event, Deputy Governor of the state, Prof. Ivara Esu, welcomed all the participants and tourists into the city of Calabar for the festival.

    Esu said that the Carnival would be used to showcase the rich heritage of the people of Nigeria in different forms.

    He stressed that it was in the importance of the Carnival theme “Humanity” that Gov. Ben Ayade created the Ministry of Humanity and Social Welfare.

    Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz
    (NAN)

  •  The Minister of Science and Technology Dr Ogbonnaya Onu has reiterated the ministry s plan to bridge technology gaps in the country in order to achieve a sustainable and diversified economy Onu made the pledge in a statement signed by Mr Taye Akinyemi his Chief Press Secretary in Abuj on Sunday He said this when he inaugurated cussions Nigeria Limited upgraded Chemistry laboratory at the University of Calabar According to him bridging technology gap will strengthen the role of Science and Technology Innovation STI to defeat hunger create jobs and stimulate growth in the country He said that ministry in collaboration with the Cross River Government had also commenced a natural waste to wealth programme using appropriate technologies Onu described the waste to wealth programme as systemic technology when he inaugurated the programme at Idundu industrial Layout Calabar where the dumpsite was domiciled It is sustainable for waste management to create employment wealth and change the livelihood of its citizens It will be implemented to help Nigeria restore its pride as Africa s most populous nation as well strengthened the place of STI in search for a new beginning to boost economy This will lead the nation from a resource based to a knowledge and innovation driven economy he said According to him the programme will enable Nigerians convert waste to valuable goods and services that will help create wealth more jobs reduce poverty defeat hunger and help stimulate national consciousness He assured Nigerians that the APC led Federal Government of President Muhammadu Buhari was committed to building a peaceful and prosperous nation Gov Benedict Ayade of Cross River represented by his Deputy Prof Ivara Esu thanked the ministry for launching the pilot project in Calabar Ayade said the programme would produce bio gas organic waste and feed for aqua culture in Calabar He appealed to the ministry to beef up the budget for the waste top wealth programme for proper implementation Edited by Muhyideen Jimoh Felix Nwadioha
    FG to bridge technology gaps for sustainable development- Onu
     The Minister of Science and Technology Dr Ogbonnaya Onu has reiterated the ministry s plan to bridge technology gaps in the country in order to achieve a sustainable and diversified economy Onu made the pledge in a statement signed by Mr Taye Akinyemi his Chief Press Secretary in Abuj on Sunday He said this when he inaugurated cussions Nigeria Limited upgraded Chemistry laboratory at the University of Calabar According to him bridging technology gap will strengthen the role of Science and Technology Innovation STI to defeat hunger create jobs and stimulate growth in the country He said that ministry in collaboration with the Cross River Government had also commenced a natural waste to wealth programme using appropriate technologies Onu described the waste to wealth programme as systemic technology when he inaugurated the programme at Idundu industrial Layout Calabar where the dumpsite was domiciled It is sustainable for waste management to create employment wealth and change the livelihood of its citizens It will be implemented to help Nigeria restore its pride as Africa s most populous nation as well strengthened the place of STI in search for a new beginning to boost economy This will lead the nation from a resource based to a knowledge and innovation driven economy he said According to him the programme will enable Nigerians convert waste to valuable goods and services that will help create wealth more jobs reduce poverty defeat hunger and help stimulate national consciousness He assured Nigerians that the APC led Federal Government of President Muhammadu Buhari was committed to building a peaceful and prosperous nation Gov Benedict Ayade of Cross River represented by his Deputy Prof Ivara Esu thanked the ministry for launching the pilot project in Calabar Ayade said the programme would produce bio gas organic waste and feed for aqua culture in Calabar He appealed to the ministry to beef up the budget for the waste top wealth programme for proper implementation Edited by Muhyideen Jimoh Felix Nwadioha
    FG to bridge technology gaps for sustainable development- Onu
    Science & Technology6 years ago

    FG to bridge technology gaps for sustainable development- Onu

    The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, has reiterated the ministry’s plan to bridge technology gaps in the country in order to achieve a sustainable and diversified economy.

    Onu made the pledge in a statement signed by Mr Taye Akinyemi, his Chief Press Secretary in Abuj on Sunday.

    He said this when he inaugurated cussions Nigeria Limited upgraded Chemistry laboratory at the University of Calabar.

    According to him, bridging technology gap will strengthen the role of Science and Technology Innovation (STI) to defeat hunger, create jobs and stimulate growth in the country.

    He said that ministry in collaboration with the Cross River Government had also  commenced a natural waste to wealth programme, using appropriate technologies.

    Onu described the waste to wealth programme as systemic technology when he inaugurated the programme at Idundu industrial Layout, Calabar where the dumpsite was domiciled.

    “It is sustainable for waste management to create employment, wealth and change the livelihood of its citizens.

    “ It will be implemented to help Nigeria restore its pride as Africa’s most populous nation as well strengthened the place of STI in search for a new beginning to boost economy.

    “ This will lead the nation from a resource-based to a knowledge and innovation-driven economy,” he said.

    According to him, the programme will enable Nigerians convert waste to valuable goods and services that will help create wealth, more jobs, reduce poverty, defeat hunger and help stimulate national consciousness.

    He assured Nigerians that the APC-led Federal Government of President Muhammadu Buhari was committed to building a peaceful and prosperous nation.

    Gov. Benedict Ayade of Cross River, represented by his Deputy, Prof. Ivara Esu, thanked the ministry for launching the pilot project in Calabar.

    Ayade said the programme would produce bio- gas, organic waste and feed for aqua culture in Calabar.

    He appealed to the ministry to beef up the budget for the waste-top-wealth programme for proper implementation.

    Edited by: Muhyideen Jimoh//Felix Nwadioha

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