We Are Greater Together Than Apart, Says Osinbajo

The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has again emphasised the need for Nigeria to remain one united country.

He said this today in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, where he was giving a rousing welcome by citizens of the state.

According to Osinbajo, those seeking division in the country must understand that Nigeria is great today because of its population, size, and unity despite the odds.

“The reason why this country is as great as it is, is because of its diversity. It is because we have here people of every race, people of every tribe bringing in their different cultures, their different strengths (together). All of the different things that make each one of our ethnic groups great comes together in one country,” Osinbajo said at the Palace of the Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu.

“We are greater when we are together than when we are apart. This country is greater together than apart. Every one of our ethnic groups needs the support of the other.

“When people speak of Nigeria and respect this country, it is because of the diversity; because of the strength in numbers. That is why we are considered great; that is why the rest of Africa looks up to us for direction. If we are one small conclave, nobody will look at us with the seriousness that they look at us today.”

The Obong of Calabar on his part called on all political office holders to unite in building one Nigeria irrespective of political affiliations.

He also called on the Federal Government to fulfill the campaign promises.

The traditional ruler conferred the Acting President with one of the highest traditional titles of the Efik Kingdom, Ada Idaha Ke Efik Eburutu.

Also, Governor Ben Ayade praised the Acting President for the visit, which he described as memorable.

Ayade Pardons 30 Prisoners as Cross River Celebrates Golden Jubilee

CSOs, Ben Ayade, Man Of The YearThe Governor of Cross River State, Professor Ben Ayade, has granted Clemency to over 30 prisoners currently serving jail terms in the state.

Announcing the decision in a state-wide broadcast in Calabar, the governor maintained that their release is om the spirit of the celebration of the state’s golden jubilee.

The governor who further explained that his decision is based on Section 212 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which gives him the power to pardon prisoners.
According to him, five of the prisoners are on death row, 16 are serving life sentences, four are above sixty years of age and nine are terminally ill and may likely die if they are not pardoned.

He said the names of the prisoners would be released soon.

Ayade further used the occasion to urge all indigenes of the state and residents alike to join his administration in ensuring a bright future by building upon the legacies of his predecessors.

“As we march into another half a century, let us do so with hope, pride, confidence and optimism that our story tomorrow will be loftier than yesterday’s,” Ayade said.

“Today signifies the beginning of a greater tomorrow. For as we gaze into a new horizon, we see the actualisation of the deepest seaport in Africa, the Bakassi Deep Seaport; we see the realisation of the most digital evacuation corridor, the 275-kilometer superhighway; the crystallisation of the most sophisticated rice seedling centre in Africa and many other ambitious projects that would ultimately alter our narrative as a state.”

According to the governor, the unity and support of the people are vital to the achievement of the goals.

“All we have to do to actualise these lofty goals is stick together, working in harmony with a singularity of purpose,” he said.

“It is, therefore, imperative that we forge a common front in our collective desire to completely rebrand our state.”

Cross River To Punish Residents For Untidy Environment

The Cross River State Governor, Prof Ben Ayade, has warned residents of the state to ensure that the state’s cleanliness and greenery are sustained or be ready to face prosecution.

Ayade gave the warning when he formally announced the change of name of the state’s non-armed bearing outfit, the Green Police to Green Sheriff at the Government House in Calabar, the State Capital.

Addressing the team who was presented with official vehicles, Ayade informed them that, it is imperative for the cleanliness of the city to be sustained as his administration will have zero tolerance for an untidy environment.

He further stated that the new outfit “Green Sheriff” must serve as an environmental neighbourhood watch by ensuring that every resident of the state and Calabar, in particular, keeps his or her environment very clean.

He explained that the Green Sheriff’s responsibilities will include general sanitation check, nursing and planting of trees, ensuring that refuse bins are evacuated as and when due, report erring wastes evacuation contractors as well as arrest persons who litter the environment.

Other roles the governor enumerated were to stop deforestation, afforestation supervision while ensuring that irrigation contractors water all trees.

Uninterrupted Power Supply: Ayade Sets 2017 Deadline

Uninterrupted Power Supply: Ayade Sets 2017 DeadlineThe Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has set February 2017 as deadline to deliver on a 21 megawatts Calabar power plant, as part of his determination to ensure that the Calabar metropolis has 24/7 uninterrupted power supply.

Speaking during his routine inspection of the ongoing construction work at the site along the Parliamentary Extension in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital, Ayade explained that the power plant is a new technology which is cost effective.

Uninterrupted Power Supply: Ayade Sets 2017 Deadline
construction site for power plant

Excited about the level of work done so far, Ayade said: “as you can see, there is massive construction work going on here at the site, we are putting the structural base for the installation of the 21 megawatt power turbines that have already been delivered on site.

“We have set February 17, 2017 as deadline to deliver uninterrupted 24/7 power supply to Calabar metropolis. With this singular effort, Calabar will be the first capital city to have uninterrupted power supply in the country”.

Speaking further he said, “the good thing is that this is the product and manifestation of the several Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs), I had signed early last year and today, we are at the construction stage to deliver on this all important project.

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“As you can see, there is so much energy as several young men are already
engaged and we are making plans to engage some of them permanently as maintenance staff after the construction.”

Ayade then revealed that the project was a Public Private Partnership (PPP) as the state was working in partnership with a Brazilian/American firm, which is also collaborating with the Cross River State Power Company “to establish and deliver on this world class independent embedded power plant here in Calabar.”

Offering further insight, the governor stated that he would ensure that “no contractor is paid until he meets the mile stones set.

“So, if you bring me an IPC, I must check to ensure that you have delivered as declared by the agencies concerned before you receive your payment.

“Secondly, I am driven by the passion and determination, which is why I am always on site instead of sitting in the office. This is rather very alien to me and that is why I am on site daily to ensure that we catch the pace because money is scarce, every little kobo will be accounted for.”

He expressed excitement that work is being done according to specification and approved designs.

Ayade assured residents that the state had concluded arrangement with Lilleker and Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, to ensure uninterrupted power supply especially during the annual Calabar Carnival.

“In line with this effort, the state has provided 88 new transformers across the city centre for improved power supply to ensure that all parts of Calabar are lit during the yuletide.

He then used the opportunity to invite Nigerians to the festival.

“Let me use this opportunity to invite every Nigerian to stop searching for scarce dollars for overseas trips and come to Calabar for the festival and Carnival.

“We have everything you are looking for, hospitality, love, good treatment, everything you can think of is here in Calabar,” the governor said.

Ayade Meets With Traditional Rulers In Cross River

traditional rulers, Ayade, Cross RiverThe Governor of Cross River State, Mr Ben Ayade, has met with the traditional rulers in the state to discuss how residents of the state can live peacefully.

Playing host to the traditional rulers led by their Chairman to the government house, in Calabar, Governor Ben Ayade, told the traditional institution to carry on the message of peaceful coexistence to their subjects.

He stated that they needed to talk to their people as the state government prepares for the commencement of its annual tourism programme.

According to Ayade, the meeting with the traditional rulers became imperative following the state’s desire to take security and peace in their domain seriously.

The Governor maintained that the state’s tourist image remains paramount.

He explained that the state received more ‎visitors in Nigeria within the last quarter of the year due to its annual festivities such as, the Leboku New Yam Celebration, Obudu mountain race as well as Calabar Carnival and festival.

He urged the gathering to join in propagating the state as an investment hub for all classes of people.

Ayade Commissions E-library For Cross River Justice Ministry

E-Library, Ayade, Cross RiverThe Cross River State Governor, Mr Ben Ayade, has commissioned an ultra-modern E-Library for the State Ministry of Justice Headquarters in Calabar, the state capital.

Shortly after inspecting the E-library and launching the revised laws of Cross River State, he also approved the immediate employment of 30 lawyers permanently to the state’s Ministry of Justice.

There had been manpower needs in the ministry.

The Governor explained that the employment of additional law officers is so that the work of the judiciary would be enhanced and to make services promptly delivered to the citizenry.

Governor Ayade expressed appreciation to the staff of the ministry for their high level of response to litigation involving the state within and outside the state.

He called on them to make judicious use of the newly equipped E-library to keep abreast of current trends in the legal profession.

The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Joseph Abang, also commended the state government for providing a well-equipped law library for the Ministry of Justice.

He appealed to the Governor to look into other challenges facing the ministry in order to proffer lasting solutions.

Ayade Calls For Reformation Of Basic Education

Ayade, Basic Education Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has called on the Federal Government to present a new scheme and drive that would reconstruct the concept of basic education in Nigeria.

The Governor made the request when the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwuka, led stakeholders in the education sector on a visit to the government house in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital.

Ayade expressed concern about Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) funds being allegedly reduced to political patronage and basic day to day survival.

Decrying the fallen standards of education in the country, the Governor stated that it was high time the funds were used to design an academic programme that would create a new direction and future for the nation.

The Governor charged whoever superintends over UBEC funds to add value to education in the country and embrace the training and retraining of teachers while reconstructing the value of UBEC for the good of the people.

Professor Anwuka commended the Cross River State Government for keying into the vision and aspirations of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).

The Minister affirmed the ministry’s resolve to fashion out ways to boost the operations of UBEC and State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in the various states.

He said that they were determined to give a new lease of life to basic education in the country.

Governor Ayade To Establish Garment Factory, Others

AyadeCross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has said that plans are already in place by his administration for the establishment of a garment industry, cocoa processing plant, rice mill and modular refinery in the state.

Governor Ayade made this disclosure during a meeting with Heads of Commercial Banks and financial institutions operating in the state, at the Exco Chambers of the Governor’s Office in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

The Governor also noted that other investments to be established will be in the petroleum sector, pharmaceutical sector, marine transport, poultry and afforestation; all geared towards creating numerous job opportunities for unemployed youths in the state.

Ayade also enjoined the banks’ representatives to have a shift from solely managing the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and payment of workers’ salaries to identifying with any of the programmes of his administration and seeing to its actualization.

According to him, he expects banks to send in proposals on how they would key into the vision to ensure that the new town, which the state intends to build, no matter its size, beats other existing towns in the country.

Governor Ayade had earlier promised to create about a thousand jobs for unemployed youths in the state during his first 100 days in office.