Cross River Cabinet Nominees To Face Aptitude Test

Ben-Ayade-cross riverNominees for appointment as Commissioners in Cross River State will be subjected to intense scrutiny.

A statement by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Mr Christian Ita, confirmed this, saying the nominees will undergo a mandatory aptitude test before confirmation is granted.

The statement confirmed that they are not the only ones to take the test, as chairmen, members of boards, agencies and parastatals, and special advisers will follow the routine.

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, expressed belief that all appointments in the state must be subjected to ethical measures.

He said that this is to ascertain if they can function in the new order, where transparency and accountability are the watchwords.

Kidnappers In Cross River Face Death Penalty

Ben-Ayade on  cross rivers kidnap bill The Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has signed a bill into law that puts a death penalty on convicted kidnappers in the state.

Also signed into law at the Exco Chambers in Calabar, the state’s capital, on Tuesday, was the Social Housing Law, which makes housing for the vulnerable, a right.

The Governor had empowered the Kidnap Law to seize assets as well as freeze accounts belonging to convicted kidnappers and those who aid and abet kidnapping in the state.

Right To Housing

After signing the bills before the Speaker and members of the State House of Assembly, Governor Ayade spoke passionately on the danger awaiting anyone or group caught in the web of kidnapping. He said the state would no longer condone such criminality.

On the Social Housing Law, the Governor linked the high spate of corruption in the Civil Service to the inability of civil servants to provide housing for themselves with their meagre salaries.

“Various researches have proven that given the salaries of an average civil servant, if memos are not originated to get extra money, 80 per cent of civil servants will not be able to own their houses upon retirement,” the Governor explained.

Governor Ayade further added: “By the bill, housing in Cross River State is now a right to the citizenry and though it may not be justifiable at this point in time, but the government has created a legal stimulus to drive the structure that it can achieve housing for everybody. In the process, all mud and thatch houses in the State will be stamp out”.

Governor Ayade Set To Reinstate Electricity In Cross River

Ben-AyadeThe Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has promised to restore electricity supply to the surrounding rural communities in the Northern and Central Senatorial districts of the state which have for the past years lived in perpetual darkness.

Addressing a gathering at his country home in Obudu Local Government Area of the State, where he was to thank the people for their votes, Ayade reassured them that he would keep faith with all his electioneering promises before the end of his first administration.

Top on the agenda, according to the Governor, is the reconstruction of the Calabar-Ogoja, Ikom highway to a dual carriage road to meet the increasing demand on the road.

He maintained that, he should be held accountable if at the end of the tenure, he comes seeking a re-election, without giving the community any of the projects promised.

Gov. Ayade Donates 14 Patrol Vans To Cross River Police

governor ayadeThe Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has donated 14 patrol Hilux vans to a Police task force code named- Operation Skolombo Boys, to help decongest the metropolis of street children denting the tourist image of the state.

The donation is coming few weeks after the governor made a promise upon his assumption into office to strengthen the Police Force by providing them with incentives which will help in getting rid off miscreants and street children off the metropolis.

Making presentations of the vans to the task force Chairman, Gen. Manic Nyiam, at the Governor’s Office in Calabar, the governor averred that, the gesture was to state support towards taking policing to the next level.

Ayade regretted the increased rate of activities of the hoodlums popularly referred to as Skolombo Boys, and assured investors and residents in the state of a total clean up in no distant time.

He urged the task force team to do all within their jurisdiction to flush the children off every nook and cranny of the state capital, restore the dignity of the state security-wise, to residents and those willing to do business in the state.




Cross River State Govt. Begins Recruitment Into Green Police

Green PoliceAs the countdown begin towards the end of the first 100 days in office by the Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, one of his promises of creating jobs for the teeming unemployed youths in the state is beginning to materialise.

The state government has recently commenced its first face of recruitment into the special task force code-named ‘Green Police’ where over 8,000 applicants submitted applications for the recruitment.

The exercise, when concluded across the three senatorial districts of the state, will according to the State Governor, engage over a thousand youths across the state to be self-reliant.

Ayade was speaking on Monday shortly after the first phase of the recruitment exercise which was held at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar, the Cross River State Capital, with about 4,000 applicants on ground for the screening exercise.

The Governor revealed that the Green Police Project would increase the forest cover of the state, with aggressive and massive planting of trees, and raising of nursery beds.

He further stressed that the purpose of establishing Green Police in the state was to protect the forest, plant trees, protect the coastal land, among other environmental conservation programme in their perspective communities under Forestry Commission.

The first phase of the recruitment exercise covered the seven local council areas of the Southern Senatorial District which attracted 4,000 applicants, while that of the remaining two Senatorial districts of Northern and Central are expected in a few days.

The Green Police, according to Governor Ayade, is charged with the policing and management of the state’s forest, preservation of the forest natural resources, urban afforestation, community-based control of illegal logging, monitoring and information system of the forest among others.

Governor Ayade To Punish Perm Secs, Directors For Lateness

Ben-AyadeThe Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has ordered that, disciplinary action be taken against Permanent Secretaries and Directors, who do not comply with their official responsibilities.

Governor Ayade gave the order when he paid an unscheduled visit to Ministries in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital to have a first-hand knowledge on how diligent heads of the ministries and other civil servants have been towards their official responsibilities.

Accompanied by the Deputy Governor, Prof Ivara Esu, Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Tina Agbor, and Acting Head of Service, Mr. Ekpenyong Henshaw, Mr Ayade was shocked to discover that most senior officers were not in their offices.

Upset by their absenteeism and negligence to duty, the governor relayed how disappointment he was especially at this period where he expected their full support towards actualizing the economic agenda of his administration.

He thereby directed that disciplinary action be taken against the erring staff to serve as a deterrent to others.

Gov. Ayade Tasks FG, UN On Bakassi People’s Resettlement

bakassiCross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, is appealing to the Federal Government and the United Nations (UN) to intervene in the plights of the people of Bakassi Local Government Area in the state.

Governor Ayade made the call at the Exco Chambers of his office in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, while receiving the Country’s Representative of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Mrs Angele Dikongue Atangana.

It has been three years since Bakassi was ceded to Cameroon and the displaced people are asking for a proper settlement where they can continue with their lives.

The people are said to have been camping at St Mark’s Primary and Secondary School, Akwa Ikot Eyo Edem in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the state for over two years and counting.

Governor Ayade, emotional about their predicament, maintained that their plight is an unsettled issue and no amount of dollars can settle the issue than their resettlement.

He gave them an assurance that the state would partner the UN to bring lasting solutions to the Bakassi sufferings.

The UN representative, Angele Dikongue Atangana, on the other hand, gave an assurance that the Bakassi issue would soon be a thing of the past, as the commission was on the verge of implementing past reports by committees set up to look into their plights.

Cross River Govt, UN Sign Agreement On Forest Conservation

Ben-Ayade-and--Allen-TurnerThe Cross River State government and the United Nations have signed an agreement to conserve and protect one million hectares of forest reserve in the state.

The agreement was signed on Friday by the Governor of the State, Ben Ayade and the United Nations Chief Technical Adviser on REDD+ Programme, Allen Turner.

Speaking at the Governor’s conference room in Calabar the state’s capital, Governor Ayade said the Programme ”Green Police” would help create jobs for many youths in the state.

The Green Police is a team of young men and women who would be responsible for the management of the state’s forest to ensure an end to illegal lugging and also protect the forest in a way that it would give its full value.

“Cross River State today has come up with a team of architects to design a framework that will drive a new forest cover regime.

“To achieve this, it dovetails into my political ambition that we are going to create about 1,000 jobs for young men and women in a programme which we call the Green Police,” Governor Ayade said.

Mr Turner, expressed commitment to the project, with a promise of meet the international standard and expectation of the UN Climate Change Convention and REDD+.

He said that the UN would help the state frame the strategy in a way that it would meet the requirements and expectations of the international community and the 194 nations that have signed the UN climate change convention.

Skolombo Boys: Governor Ayade To Rid Calabar Of Miscreants

ayadeThe Governor of the Cross River State, Ben Ayade, has assured that the streets of Calabar will be completely free from miscreants and street children popularly referred to as Skolombo boys, who have for sometime now been threatening the peace and serenity of the state.

Mr Ayade said this while addressing officers and men of the state’s Quick Response Squad at its Emergency Center, in company of service commanders in Calabar.

With the code named Operation Skolombo, Ayade pledged to strengthen and empower security agencies in the state, in order to achieve effective operational exercise and in turn ensure maximum security of lives and property of investors, tourists and residents in the state.

Scolombo boys literally means, a dangerous and mindless gang constituted by destitute or street boys and girls that roam the streets freely, without father or mother and homes.

Reports say that they live in the open and could go for days without taking their bath.

Their stories are the same in almost all the major streets of Calabar with touching tales of being driven away from their original homes either by their foster parents or step mothers, following the death of one of their biological parents.

They have been accused of looting shops, pick-pocketing, snatching hand bags and other criminal activities, leaving residents in fear.

It is in view of this that Governor Ayade, in company of his deputy, Prof Ivara Esu, and service commanders met with different security agencies in the state to solicit their cooperation in ensuring a security threat free state for investors, tourists and residents of the state.

Ayade further disclosed that kidnappers, upon being convicted in the state, will face death penalties.

The new security outfit, Operation Skolombo, will commence operation as soon as adequate mobility is provided by the state government to the security agencies which the state government has promised to make available before the expiration of his first 100 days in office.

Cross River State To Host MBGN Pageant In October

MBGNCross River State Government and Silverbird Group have signed a 4-year management contract for the hosting of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN), at the prestigious 5,000 seat capacity Calabar International Convention Centre (CICC).

According to the agreement, Calabar will play host to both the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) and the maiden edition of Miss Africa Beauty Pageant owned by the Cross River State Government.

Speaking shortly after the signing ceremony at the CICC in Calabar, the State Governor, Ben Ayade, expressed confidence that Silverbird has the capacity and expertise to manage the centre, giving its track record in the entertainment industry.

According to the Governor, with the hosting of the two pageant shows in October and December, citizens of Cross River State and indeed Nigerians should key into the new development and make the best use of business opportunities it will offer.

The Group Vice President, Silverbird Group, Mr. Guy Murrày-Bruce, overwhelmed by the architectural masterpiece, described the CICC as the best of its kind in Africa.

Murray-Bruce said that the pageants would enable the state showcase its enormous tourism potentials to the whole world with the view to attracting tourists for economic gains.

He expressed delight to partner with the Cross River State Government on the project and promised delivering on excellence.

Cross River Gov. Says Buhari To Flag-Off Construction Of Super Highway

Cross RiverThe Cross River State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade, has concluded plans to commence the construction work of a dual carriage super highway in the next couple of weeks.

If things go as planned, President Muhammadu Buhari is expected in the state to perform the groundbreaking ceremony for the dual carriage way.

The State Governor disclosed this to journalists shortly after leading a delegation on an assessment tour of the Greek Town Jetty and connecting routes which will serve as evacuation corridor for the proposed Calabar Deep Seaport expected to commence construction by October 2015.

Ayade, throwing more light on the two signature projects of his administration, believes these projects will boost the economic status of the state which stands dwindling at the moment.

On the cost implication of the projects, the Cross River Governor gave an assurance that modalities have been put in place to see that it is cost effective.

He further sued for the support of the Federal Government towards the actualization of the projects in the state.

This would be seen as an indication that Governor Ayade is determined to fulfil his promise to make a remarkable difference in the state before his first 100 days in office.

Gov. Ayade Orders Payment of May Salary

 AyadeThe Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has ordered that the payment of the one month backlog of salary owed civil servants on or before Tuesday, June the 9th, 2015.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Christian Ita, Governor Ayade explained that the decision to clear the one month salary owed the state workers was in keeping with his policy of ensuring that workers are paid on the 25th of every month.

Governor Ayade, on assumption office, had vowed to make prompt payment of workers’ salaries one of his priorities, saying that “a labourer deserves his wages”.

Governor Ayade had promised to create about a thousand jobs for unemployed youths in the state during his first 100 days in office as part of his short term achievements.

He made this promise on his first official day on assumption of office as the number one citizen of the state. He also warned that strict sanctions will be enforced on civil servants who do not report to work latest by ten minutes before 8am.