Ayade Commits To Making Cross River A ‘Beautiful City’

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The Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has assured the residents that there will be more development in all sectors of the economy, especially rehabilitation of roads in the state.

According to the governor, Calabar the state capital will sustain its status as the as the most beautiful city in the country as well as the tourism epicentre.

“I am focusing on Calabar now, particularly Calabar South to make sure that I put back all their street lights and give them more roads.

“The people of Calabar South need the government the most because their income level is low yet they live in a city with high cost of living.”

He added that apart from construction and rehabilitation of roads, the lighting systems in the area will be activated to give the place a facelift.

Ayade Inaugurates Task Force To Tackle Indiscriminate Structures

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The Cross River State Government has inaugurated a task force on development control charged with the responsibility of ensuring that, structures are done with plan approval in Calabar, the State capital.

Inaugurating the team at the Government House in Calabar, the State governor, Ben Ayade decried the way the state’s plan approval has been abused by developers.

According to him, the distortion of the master plan is occurring at a fast speed hence the need for government to ensure that the master plan is upheld.

The governor charged the team to do their jobs diligently towards ensuring that, the green and beautiful status of Calabar is maintained.

PHOTOS: Ayade, Bikers Thrill Residents In Calabar Carnival

PHOTOS: Ayade, Bikers Thrill Residents In Calabar Carnival
Governor Ayade and his wife, Mrs Linda Ben-Ayade on a bike

 

It was thrills and frills as the Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade led 250 power bikers, including former Governor Donald Duke in an acrobatic display of state of the art exotic power bikes.

The bikers’ segment of the Calabar Carnival, which took place on Wednesday afternoon, witnessed throngs of spectators who laid siege on the 12-kilometre carnival route to watch acrobatic displays.

READ ALSOAyade, Duke Lead 250 Bikers’ In Calabar Carnival

Leading the charge which took off to an ecstatic start, the revellers screamed and cheered as Governor Ayade, who was carrying his wife, Mrs Linda Ben-Ayade, and his band of riders took to the road from the Millennium Park.

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Ayade, Duke Lead 250 Bikers’ In Calabar Carnival

Ayade, Duke Lead 250 Bikers' In Calabar Carnival
Governor Ayade and his wife, Mrs Linda Ben-Ayade on a bike

 

It was thrills and frills as the Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, led 250 power bikers, including former governor Donald Duke in an acrobatic display of state of the art exotic power bikes.

The bikers’ segment of the Calabar Carnival, which took place on Wednesday afternoon, witnessed throngs of spectators who laid siege on the 12-kilometre carnival route to watch acrobatic displays.

PHOTOS: Ayade, Bikers Thrill Residents In Calabar Carnival

Leading the charge which took off to an ecstatic start, the revellers screamed and cheered as Governor Ayade, who was carrying his wife, Mrs Linda Ben-Ayade, and his band of riders took to the road from the Millennium Park.

“The bikers’ parade intention is to connect with young people,” the governor said. “If you look at the audience in the carnival, it has undergone dramatic change in the last 10 years – from the elderly to the middle age, now to the young people and if you don’t change the content of the carnival to reflect the enthusiasm and the adrenaline pumping nature of the young people, you will be boring to them.

“So we need to create an atmosphere that shows that the governor has the wisdom of a sixty-year-old and the enthusiasm of a child – an old head on a young shoulder; I can afford to act like I am young, a youth and at the same time be a governor”.

The Bikers’ Carnival which before today went through a series of rigorous dry runs, lived up to its billing as they pulled tons of stunts in front of the ever cheering crowd.

Governor Ayade, who noted that the carnival only feature procession and dance on the streets before now, said he was trying to carry the youths along in the affairs of the state.

Joking about his outfits, he said: ”When you see a governor on a bandana, with my bling bling just looking like one of them, I’m telling you that look, this man was a doctor at 23, professor at 32 and governor at a very… and is performing; so I can be like you!

“Just look at the crowd, this is record breaking. I have broken my own record. Last year, it was a huge success but today, I am afraid if the carnival tomorrow will be able to carry this bikers’ parade that we did today.”

On the choice of red as the colour and what led to the shape of his bike, he said he was trying to show the “red smart energy” in him and the ability to blend in to any situation.

“Red scorpion but if you look at the head, it is a crocodile; if you look at the fins it tells you that look – I am an Octopus. You can’t really tell my story, I have the capacity to change at all times. If I want to be a young person, I will; as a professor, I will; as a senator, I will; if I want to behave like a lawyer, I will; but more importantly, that I don’t forget my history.

“So, my bike tells the story of the blend in one person, and that is the story that you see in that. It is custom made, designed by myself and produced only to me in the entire world,” the governor said.

Ayade Presents N1.3trn Budget, Biggest In Nigeria’s History

Ayade Presents N1.3trn Budget, Biggest In Nigeria’s History
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Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, has presented the 2018 Appropriation Bill of N1.3trillion to the State House of Assembly.

The budget is the largest a state has ever presented in Nigeria’s history, although Lagos State presented N812billion budget for 2017.

According to Governor Ayade, the proposal christened “Budget of Kinetic Crystallisation,” is tailored to fit the dreams and aspirations of the people of the state.

Presenting the bill on Thursday at the Cross River State House of Assembly, he informed the lawmakers that the choice of a deficit budget rather than an envelope one was to allow for flexibility.

He said this comes as the state government moves to actualise most of the deep visionary projects of his administration such as the Bakassi Deep Seaport and the 274km superhighway among others.

Ayade said other innovations in the 2018 Appropriation Bill included the provision for the establishment of a job creation centre, school feeding programme, as well as a food bank to cater for the poor, aged and the vulnerable in the state.

“As I come before you to present the 2018 budget, you must think deep because if I did not have that vision to think deep, we will still be dealing with issues of security, refuse, salaries and pensions; indeed we will be dealing with the very essence of survival.

“One of our biggest ambitions is to develop a deep seaport with an evacuation corridor. We have made an ample provision of about N82billion to deal with the issues of dredging, preliminary reclamation and preconstruction in 2018,” he said.

The governor further informed the House that such provisions would send a positive message to investors who are aware that by the budgetary provisions, “they can warehouse their investments because sometimes people give funding either by way of capital or by direct project implementation.”

In his response, Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Honourable John Lebo, assured the governor of the support of the House towards the realisation of the goals and aspirations of government’s vision for the state.

Ex-President Obasanjo Visits Cross River State

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday visited Cross River State on an official engagement.

The former President who was conveyed in an aircraft arrived in Calabar at about 10:00 am and was received by the state governor, Professor Ben Ayade.

He subsequently proceeded to the Government House alongside the governor and some top government officials in the state.

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Benue Open Grazing Ban Having ‘Havoc Effect’ On Cross River – Ayade

Benue Open Grazing Ban Affecting Cross River, Ayade Laments
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Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade says the enforcement of the Open Grazing Law in neighbouring Benue State is causing havoc in his state.

The governor made the claims on Monday in Calabar, the state capital after suspected herdsmen from Benue invaded a community in Cross River, killing one and injuring others.

Addressing a press conference after a closed-door meeting with heads of security agencies in the state, Ayade condemned the invasion and called on the Federal Government to intervene in the matter to prevent reprisals.

READ ALSOOne Reported Dead As Herdsmen Invade Community In Cross River

“Currently, the situation is where farmers feel a deep sense of loss with the continuous grazing on their economic crops while the herdsmen are also desperately looking for pasture to sustain their cattle, it’s a complex situation,” he said.

“But obviously, this passage of the Anti-Open Grazing Law fully in Benue State and its implementation is taking a havoc effect on Cross River State.”

The governor also lamented that the state government is under pressure from the affected community to ensure that the herdsmen are relocated elsewhere for the sake of peace.

He said, “Today, as I speak, Cross River State government is under very intense pressure from her citizens to also do same by passing the same law.”

“The Federal Government must have the moral courage to address this issue because if we pass a stiff law against open grazing, and another state does, and another state does, then we are wiping out that trade and we are wiping out the means of livelihood of a people.

“But if on the other hand we also do nothing, and they continue to wipe out the crops of people, then they will wipe out the crops of a people and a people; this is not what the Federal Government should leave in the hands of a people,” he added.

One Reported Dead As Herdsmen Invade Community In Cross River

One Reported Dead As Herdsmen Invade Community In Cross River
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Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, has condemned the invasion of suspected herdsmen which left one person dead in a community in the state.

He alleged that the herdsmen came to his state to perpetuate violence after they left Benue State as a result of the enforcement of the Open Grazing Law by the state government.

READ ALSOBenue Open Grazing Ban Having ‘Havoc Effect’ On Cross River – Ayade

According to the governor, intelligence information revealed that the suspects invaded a community in Yala Local Government Area of the state and following a little argument, a skirmish ensued leading to the death of one person and others injured.

Addressing a press conference after a closed-door security meeting which held on Monday in Calabar, he called on the Federal Government to intervene in the matter to prevent more attacks on the community bordering Benue State.

“Currently, the situation is where farmers feel a deep sense of loss with the continuous grazing on their economic crops while the herdsmen are also desperately looking for pasture to sustain their cattle, it’s a complex situation,” he said.

“But obviously, this passage of the Anti-Open Grazing Law fully in Benue State and its implementation is taking a havoc effect on Cross River State.”

He added that the state government is under pressure from the affected community to ensure that the herdsmen are relocated elsewhere for the sake of peace.

On his part, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Hafiz Inuwa, said security personnel were immediately dispatched to the community while peace has been restored.

Ayade Hopeful Nigeria Will Overcome Challenges

Ayade Hopeful Nigeria Will Overcome Challenges
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Cross River State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade, has urged the people of the state and Nigerians to be patient and hopeful.

The governor, in his speech, while celebrating Nigeria’s 57th independence anniversary on Sunday in Calabar, the state capital, was hopeful that the country would surely surmount her challenges.

He said that despite the myriad of challenges that have confronted Nigeria in recent times, the nation has, however, made some giant strides in her march towards greatness.

Ayade believes Nigeria would definitely bounce back to reclaim its status as a true giant of Africa with the kind of leadership headed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He also used the occasion to reiterate the commitment of his administration to delivering on all their campaign promises to the people of the state.

“Despite the harsh realities of the times, the state has no doubt witnessed rapid progress with the massive construction of industries currently going on across the state,” the governor.

Highlighting some of the ongoing projects, he said, “In a couple of months, the ultra-modern rice mill in Ogoja, the state of the art cocoa processing plant in Ikom, the Calabar Pharmaceutical Company (CALAPHARM), and the rice city in Calabar will be up and running.

“Also, a couple of strategic road infrastructure are currently under construction across the state. All these are geared towards recalibrating the economic architecture of our dear state.”

The governor further called for patience, a positive attitude and understanding, as government strives to earn the trust of the people by fulfilling all the earlier promises made.

Agriculture Is The ‘Greatest Challenge’ In Cross River – Ayade

Cross River To Float Air, Shipping Lines Soon – Ayade
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The Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, has identified agriculture as the greatest challenge of the state.

To this end, the governor revealed plans by his administration to make the state a major exporter of agricultural and agro-allied products in the country.

“The greatest challenge for us as a state is agriculture,” Ayade said on Thursday when he received a South Korean delegation who paid him a visit at the Government House in Calabar, the state capital.

“Very recently as you all know, the Japanese have invented a technology which is now in full operation, using water as a source of energy to drive cars. This is very clear that our monolithic dependence on oil in years to come will be over,” he added.

Some of the products identified by the governor for cultivation, processing and export, include cocoa, rice, maize and banana, with over two million pieces of arable land already set aside for banana cultivation.

He said apart from the 100 thousand hectares of land already set aside for the cultivation of cocoa, another two million hectares of arable land has been acquired by the state for the cultivation of banana.

Highlighting the importance of banana, he said, “banana is such a strong crop for medicinal purpose and the demand of the crop is also very high.”

“Banana is also a very critical crop for exportation because it grows only in specific soil with a sub-tropical humid climate and this climate is only found in South America and Nigeria – specifically Enugu and Cross River states.”

The governor explained that the move was part of deliberate initiatives and strategic policy to permanently decouple the state from over-dependency on the Federal Government, thereby, becoming a major exporter of farm produce in the country.

“The export of food will always remain viable and this is where Cross River State comes in and I am aware that you paid visits to other states like Delta, Benue, but you have chosen Cross River State to partner us in this direction; Be rest assured that you have found the best berth,” he told the delegation.

Ayade revealed further that efforts were ongoing by the state government to replace oil wells with cocoa farms for the people of the state.

He said, “We have moved to a point in Cross River State that every man and woman will own at least a hectare of cocoa farm at his or her backyard, which will be their oil wells equivalence.”

Gov. Ayade Tells Judiciary To Sanction Law Breakers In Cross River

Cross River Govt To Build 50 Housing Units For Bakassi IDPsThe Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, has urged the Judiciary to ensure that it lives by the ethics of the calling, towards the dispensation of justice as regards the law.

Speaking to a cross-section of men of the bar at the legal opening year in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital, the governor regretted that, little impact on the judiciary was felt last year in terms of sanctions which should be stepped up this year.

The governor called for the law to catch up with kidnappers, those bridging the peace of the state as well as those who have made it a point of duty to oppress the downtrodden in Calabar against government’s laws to serve as a deterrent.

Cross River Govt To Build Another 26MW Power Plant

Cross River Govt To Build Another 26MW Power PlantThe Cross River State government has announced plans to commence the construction of another 26 megawatt gas turbine power plant in Tinapa.

The government made the announcement just weeks to the completion of a 21MW power plant in Calabar, the state capital.

Funded by Export-Import Bank of India and the state government, the new project when completed in the next 24 months is expected to further boost power supply in the state and its environs.

The State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade explained that the commencement of the additional project was a result of one of the many agreements signed during one of his foreign trips in search of investors.

“When you add the 10MW coming from the 30MVA that is being proposed by Digi Generation, you will realise that we will be generating cumulatively about 52MW of electricity within the next two years,” he said.

The governor described the project as a dream come true and in line with his administration’s agenda to industrialise the state., adding that parts of the Calabar metropolis would soon begin to reap the benefits of his power project.

He also expressed optimism that parts of the Calabar metropolis would soon begin to reap the benefits of his power project.

“In the next one month or two, we are very certain that we will be generating 23MW so that the people of Cross River State will know that we are giving them 23MW coming out of the paliarmentary extension and another 26MW coming out of Tinapa,” Ayade said.