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.

Ayade Encourages Youths To Take Advantage Of PVC Extension

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The Cross River State Government has encouraged youths across the state who are yet to register for their Permanent Voters Cards to take full advantage of the extension of the registration time by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The state Governor, Ben Ayade, who presently has over 70% of his appointees as young people, said the voters’ card remains the only tool with which the youths can unanimously entrench good governance.

At a conference in Calabar the state capital, the governor, represented by the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr Asu Okang, reiterated the commitment of his administration in the establishment of policies that would create an enabling environment for the youths to thrive.


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He noted that the government had engaged thousands of young people in different sectors of the economy through its multi-sectoral youth program and therefore, urged them to remain law-abiding in order to enjoy more benefits.

INEC announced the extension of the deadline for the Continuous Voter Registration by two weeks on August 14.

It said although August 17 was initially fixed to end the CVR in order to have enough time to make all necessary preparations before 2019, the decision to extend it came after several appeals by Nigerians.

National Commissioner and Member, Voter Education and Publicity Committee, Mohammed Kudu Haruna, in a statement explained that as at August 11, the Commission had registered an additional 12, 139,061 new voters and the exercise will continue in all the designated registration centres until August 31.

Ayade Receives Bakassi Deep Seaport Concept Design


Cross River State Governor Professor Ben Ayade has received the concept design for the full commencement of construction work on the proposed Bakassi Deep Seaport, from a Chinese firm, China Harbour Engineering company.

At a presentation by a team of Chinese engineers led by Mr Jason Wang on Friday, the governor announced that full-scale construction work will begin as soon as the rains subside.

According to him, one of the special features of the Bakassi Deep Seaport is its access to the 275 kilometres evacuation corridor which connects to some other states.

He said, “The Government of Professor Ben Ayade and indeed the people of Cross River State, have focused on creating an alternative income by decoupling ourselves of our dependence on Federal Government allocations.

“It is against that background that the Bakassi Deep Seaport with an evacuation corridor is borne.

“The special advantage of our Bakassi Deep Seaport is its access to a wide armada of great opportunity via her evacuation corridor.

“Therefore, I will call on the patience of the people of Cross River State, the commitment of will and the prayers of everyone to ensure that this noble project comes to its realization and once the government, which is the client, gives approval to this, a detailed design will be ready in no distant time at the onset of the next dry season.

“It is my wish and prayer that the people of Cross River State will rise beyond the boundaries of politics and focus heavily on the future of our young people,” he said.

Ayade Decries Level Of Decay In Nigerian Universities

The Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade has decried the fallen standards and level of decay in tertiary institutions across the country.

Ayade proffering solution to this fallen standard said Nigerian Government should restructure it’s educational system by focusing more on human capacity in order to graduate students who can compete with their counterparts in developed countries.

Governor Ayade, addressing the 12th Governing Council, University of Calabar, said it is saddening to discover that, most university students and graduates especially science related courses have no practical experience in order to make meaningful contributions in their line of study to the development of the country.

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“Today, we have a very sad situation where products of our universities cannot hold their hands up. It is very saddening when we look at the amount of young people who are seeking to be admitted into Nigerian universities and the entire number of universities in Nigeria, 153 with almost 10 million people seeking admission at a time.

“We cannot continue to depend on foreigners to give us solutions. The black man is in a very hot climate, it takes a foreign company to provide air conditioner for us. So where are the professors and researchers in Nigeria? The council therefore has the responsibility to restructure the academic curriculum of Nigeria to reflect our core.”

The council was led by the Pro-chancellor and chairman of the council, Senator Nkechi Justina Nwogu who were on a visit to Ayade in his office in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital.

He thereby called on the 12th governing council to restructure academic curriculum and encourage expertise in schools as done in the western world.