Cross River Flags Off Maternal New-born And Child Health, Targets Over 8,000 Children


The Cross River State Government on Saturday flagged off the second round of the 2019 Maternal, New-born and Child Health (MNCH) week which is usually organized twice in a year.

The initiative seeks to monitor mothers, pregnant women, and every child from 0-58 months in terms of nutrition, hygiene, and Immunisation as well as access to quality health care.

State Governor Ben Ayade who was represented by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu flagged off the Child Health Week at Primary Healthcare Centre, Nasarawa Community, Ikot Ekpo, Calabar Municipality and disclosed that over 8,000 children under five and pregnant women are to benefit.

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Dr Betta Edu maintained that the week-long exercise was to improve access to the basic health care services for all while reducing morbidity and mortality in mothers, pregnant women and children of age 0-5.

“The health week will feature routine immunisation against childhood killer diseases, administration of Vitamin A for children, deworming of children, screening for acute malnutrition in children with appropriate referrals, provisions of ante-natal care iron-folate for pregnant women, distribution of mosquito nets to pregnant and lactating women as well as health education on key health tips for household practices and HIV testing, amongst others”


Also Speaking, Dr Janet David Ekpenyong, Director-General, Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (CRSPHCDA), urged women and guardians to make their wards available for immunization and other loads of packages.

The DG assured the community of immediate revitalization of the health centre to cater for the healthcare of the people in the community.

According to her, Governor Ben Ayade is very committed to drastically reduce maternal mortality and infancy through interventions such as the State health insurance scheme “Ayadecare”.

The Nasarawa Community in Bacoco, Calabar municipality who turned out in their numbers were overwhelmed with joy and thanked the Governor for his intervention, stating that they will patronize the health care facility close to them.

Ayade Signs N1.1trn Budget Of ‘Olimpotic Meristemasis’ For 2020

Easter: Ayade Calls For Peace, Prayers For Leaders
A file photo of Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade.


Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade has signed the sum of N1.1trillion “Budget of Olimpotic Merismasis” for the year 2020.

The governor while signing the budget at the executive chambers of the governor’s office in Calabar, the state capital, said it would help actualise the key projects of his administration.

He added that the budget is geared towards bringing to fruition, the signature projects of the administration, including the 270-kilometer superhighway connecting Cross River with Northern Nigeria.

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Also, 82 percent of the budget is for capital expenditure while 18 percent is for recurrent expenditure.

The governor during the signing also pointed out that, “At any point in time, a man’s ability is limited by his financial muscle his brain has failed. For us in Cross River, with the governor and his deputy as professors, it will be a thing of shame for us to budget based on our envelope size.”

Ayade, while enumerating the avalanche of industries he has established since assumption of office, assured that the 2020 budget will create jobs for residents in the state.

The Cross Rivers State governor since the inception of the office uses stylish names for budgets.

In 2018, the Budget was tagged Budget of Kinetic Crystallisation while in 2019, it was tagged “Budget of Quabalistic Densification.”

Cross River Govt Proposes N1.1 Trillion Budget For 2020

Easter: Ayade Calls For Peace, Prayers For Leaders


The Cross-River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, has presented an appropriation bill of N1.1 trillion, for the 2020 fiscal year.

Tagged ‘Budget of Olipotic Meristemasis’ Governor Ayade disclosed that the budget has a capital expenditure of N911 billion representing 82.8 per cent and a recurrent expenditure of N188 billion, representing 17.2 per cent of the budget.

Speaking at the Chambers of the Cross-River State House of Assembly, Ayade described the budget as one that is anchored on a belief “in the spiritual force which is the third energy.”

While explaining that meristemasis is the active cell that stimulates growth in a young plant, which in this case, represents the state, he pointed out that, “the budget will catalyse into existence a great opportunity for everyone to put their hands and legs on the pedal and fill it off”.

He said the decision to allocate 82.8 per cent of the budget to capital expenditure, was indicative of our aggressive commitment that will continue to reduce recurrent expenditure and focus on capital expenditure.

Easter: Ayade Calls For Peace, Prayers For Leaders

Easter: Ayade Calls For Peace, Prayers For Leaders


The Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, has called on Christians to imbibe the virtues of peace, love, sacrifice and forgiveness.

As Christians across the country celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, he noted that the attributes he mentioned represent the core values of Easter.

“Today represents a very significant moment in our lives as Christians,” the governor was quoted as saying in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Christian Ita.

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He added, “It is both significant and sobering in the sense that it reminds us all about the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, love and compassion over hate. These were the cardinal planks of Christ’s teachings while on earth.”

According to Governor Ayade, society today lacks compassion as a way to internalise and experience the inner soul of the other person and the universe.

He, however, said there was a need to reintroduce compassion in order to save the human race.

“In line with the compassion which Christ demonstrated by laying down his life for us, we should, therefore, replicate this to all men and continue to sustain it in the years to come,” the governor noted.

He added, “We must not forget that the peace we are enjoying today in the state is due, largely, to the prayers and support of all of you.

“I urge you, in this season of Easter, to continue in this momentum by upholding the values that seek to unite us rather than those that pull us apart.”

Ayade Receives Outline Business Case On Bakassi Deep Seaport

Ayade Receives Outline Business Case On Bakassi Deep Seaport


The Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, has received the Outline Business Case (OBC) on Bakassi Deep Seaport project by the Federal Government appointed transaction adviser.

Governor Ayade was presented with the document by the Managing Director of Feedback Infrastructure Limited, Nnachi Onuoha, at the executive council chamber of the Government House in Calabar, the state capital.

During the presentation, Onuoha informed the governor that the exercise of producing the OBC was quite demanding but that the outcome was thorough.

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He went further to highlight the overall benefits of the Bakassi Deep Seaport to the country and its people.

Onuoha noted the entire states in the South-East region were land-locked, adding that there was a need for an opening point to these places to further boost economic activities.

On his part, Governor Ayade disclosed that the actual construction of the port would commence soon, following the presentation of the OBC by the consultant, including the receipts of 12 other approvals by relevant government agencies.

He was hopeful that the Bakassi Deep Seaport upon conclusion would balance what he termed the ‘distortion’ in the nation’s economic equilibrium as a country.

According to the governor, the northern and southern regions of the country are so blessed but the evacuation of resources from the North has been a major challenge.

INEC Issues Certificate Of Return To Ayade

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented a Certificate of Return to the re-elected Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade.

Presenting the certificate to him on Friday at the INEC headquarters in the state was the National Commissioner in charge of Cross River, Akwa Ibom and Edo States, Dr. Mustapha Mohammed Lekky.

The elated governor expressed gratitude to the people of the state who voted him back for a second tenure.


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He also used the opportunity to state his determination to provide more effective governance to all, irrespective of party affiliation.

He then called for support from former governorship aspirants of other political parties, to create a comprehensive manifesto which will according to him, further aid the process of governance.

Cross River Governor Ben Ayade Re-Elected

Cross River Governor Ben Ayade Re-Elected


Professor Ben Ayade has been re-elected for another four years as the governor of Cross River State.

The Returning Officer, Professor Akii Ibhadode, declared Governor Ayade as the winner of the election on Monday at the end of the collation of results from all 18 local government areas of the state.

Announcing the results at the collation centre in Calabar, Professor Ibhadode said the governor who contested the election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled a total of 381,484 votes.

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He added that the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and that of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) polled 131,161 and 4,818 votes respectively.

Ayade, who won in all the 18 local government areas of the state, was re-elected with a winning margin of 250,323 votes.

The returning officer explained that the PDP candidate was returned elected having scored the highest number of votes and fulfilled the requirements of the law.

According to him, the number of registered voters is 1,486,026 and accredited voters is 542,115.

The don added that the total number of valid votes was 522,309 with rejected votes of 11,499 while the number of total votes cast was 533,808.

Liyel Imoke Confident PDP Will Win Elections In Cross River


Former Governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke, says he is confident that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will win the state’s governorship election holding in February.

According to Imoke, from inception the state has remained a PDP state and the party will ensure that it remains in power.

The former governor said this on Wednesday, when the current governor, Ben Ayade along with some supporters and members of the party paid him a visit at his country home in Itigidi, Abi Local Government Area of the state.

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Imoke urged the supporters to remain focused to ensure that PDP retains power even as the elections draw closer.

In a brief remark, Ayade thanked the former governor for his support while also assuring the youths that he will continue to work hard to give them a bright and secured future.

2019: Governor Ayade Inaugurates PDP Campaign Council

Ayade Hopeful Nigeria Will Overcome Challenges
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The Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has inaugurated a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign council ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Addressing residents of the state on Friday, the governor said the council would manage his campaign while he focuses on governance.

“We will be losing time, let me face the governance of Cross River State. Let me create a new opportunity. Let me decouple Cross River from its dependence on Federal Government,” he said.

The governor also called on party members to win in their polling units.

He said he was confident that the party will sweep next year’s general elections as a result of the achievements already recorded by his administration.

“While you do the politics, let me fix the governance. Let us face the future. We don’t have a serious election. We have a capable director-general, we have a capable party structure.

“And veterans who have always delivered their polling units are all here. And I know from the experience that we had in Obudu re-run, every single appointee raised money from his pocket to deliver his polling unit.

“Nobody is too powerful to cross to another polling unit. Be in your polling unit. I am only going to evaluate you based on your polling unit. Be in your ward. But essentially, every one of us is equal before the ballot box,” the governor said.

Bakassi Deep Seaport: Ayade Meets FG’s Steering Committee, Calls For Immediate Execution

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The Cross-River State Government has appealed to the Federal Government to speed up processes that will bring about the immediate commencement of construction work on its proposed Bakassi Deep Seaport and the 275 kilometres superhighway projects.

The state governor, Professor Ben Ayade made the appeal on Wednesday in Calabar, the State capital, when he received the Chairman and members of the Bakassi Deep Seaport Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee in the company of the project Transaction Financial Advisor prior to their 3-Day fact-finding mission to the state.

While addressing the team, the governor lamented over the current financial status of the state following the loss of its oil wells.

He believes the immediate execution of the dream projects will not only boost the state’s economic status but also attract foreign earnings to the country.

The governor, therefore, urged the group to live up to expectations in the delivery of the task which according to him, will be beneficial not only to this generation but generations yet unborn.

Ayade Wins Cross River PDP Governorship Primaries

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The Cross-River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has emerged as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

Ayade was declared the winner of the party’s primary after 1,937 out of the 2,001 accredited delegates that participated in the exercise in Calabar voted for him.

It was a smooth exercise without incidence of violence, electoral irregularities as security men were on the ground to affirm the safety of the delegates.

The governor reiterated his commitment to work for the development of the state and the see to the welfare of the people.

Ayade Mourns Cross River Lawmaker Nkoro Egbung

Ayade Mourns Cross River Lawmaker Nkoro Egbung
Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade (file)


Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, has mourned the death of the lawmaker representing Ikom Constituency 2 in the State House of Assembly, Mr Simon Nkoro Egbung.

In a statement issued on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Christian Ita, the governor described the death of the lawmaker as a “loss so painful to bear”.

“Hon Nkoro’s demise leaves a sour taste in my mouth and ache in my heart. But then, we cannot question God. He and only him alone has prerogative over life,” the statement quoted the governor.

“However, as a human, my heart is heavy, filled with sorrow. I agonise and mourn this death,” he added.

Governor Ayade decried that the late lawmaker died at a time his service to the state was most needed.

He described him as a dedicated lawmaker, consummate politician, team player, and a loyal party man whose death was a huge loss to the people and government of the state.

The governor offered his condolences to the lawmaker’s family, colleagues, and constituency.

“We are together with you in prayers in this moment of unspeakable sadness,” said Ayade who prayed God to grant them the strength to bear the irreplaceable loss.