50 Civil Society Orgs. Name Gov. Ayade ‘Man Of The Year’

CSOs, Ben Ayade, Man Of The YearCross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, has been named the ‘Man of the Year’ by 50 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) under the aegis of the Civil Society National Lectures and Awards (CISNALA).

The latest award is coming on the heels of similar recognition by three Nigerian newspapers – Vanguard, Business Hallmark and the Authority newspapers respectively.

The conferment of the CSO Man of the Year on Governor Ayade, according to CISNALA, “is for his recorded milestone in good governance, democracy dividends, people-oriented policies and programmes, transparency and accountability, as well as infrastructure and human capital development”.

A statement which unveiled the honour was jointly signed and issued on behalf of the CISNALA by its convener and the National Coordinator of COCMEP, omrade Innocent Okadigbo, and the Convener of Transparency Centre Network, Mr Umar Farouk, among others.

According to the group, the exercise which led to the eventual “emergence of Governor Ayade as the CSO Man of the Year, was a product of a keenly contested and due process compliant selection system” which the Governor had no inkling of.

The statement disclosed further that the award would be conferred on the Governor in Abuja on a date yet to be announced.

The CISNALA also highlighted other considerations for the conferment of the award to include “(Ayade’s) strident green life advocacy, construction of the largest garment factory in Africa, construction of multi-million dollar rice city project, completion of Calabar International Convention Centre, prompt and regular payment of workers’ salaries, ongoing construction of his signature projects, namely, the Bakassi Deep Seaport and 260km Digital Superhighway, among others”.

Ayade Felicitates With Christians, Preaches Hope

Ayade Felicitates With Christians, Preaches HopeThe Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has enjoined Christians not to despair in the face of the current recession, but should hope for the best as President Muhammadu Buhari strives to steer the country out of the woods.

Ayade urged the Christian faithful to reflect on the import of Christmas brought about by the birth of the saviour, Jesus Christ and its redemptive hope to millions of Christians around the world.

In a goodwill message signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Christian Ita, Governor Ayade urged Christians to use the opportunity of the celebration to rededicate themselves to the values of love, peace, sacrifice and tolerance as embodied in the birth of Jesus Christ.

“May the reason for the season bring us peace, hope, joy and the warmth of friendship. As we celebrate Christmas, let us reflect on the significance of the season and reach out to one another.”

Urging Nigerians to eschew hate and bigotry, which was what Christ preached against, Ayade sued: “As we share with one another gifts, let the season be a stark reminder to all of us as Cross Riverians that this is the time to show tolerance and forgiveness towards our enemies and forgiveness to our friends.”

Harping on compassion towards the less privileged, Governor Ayade admonished Christians to remember those who cannot afford to celebrate and to make conscious effort to reach out to them.

“We should take time to ponder on the sufferings of the poor who are not privileged to celebrate. And which is why as Christians, we have an obligation to leave the comfort of our everyday life to help the poor among us, just as Christ did for us. Above all, let us reflect on the value of family, friendship and fellowship.”

Ayade Condoles With Udom Emmanuel Over Fatal Building Collapse

Supreme Court Upholds Ben Ayade's ElectionThe Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has expressed deep regrets and sadness over the unfortunate incident of the building collapse of the Reigners’ Bible Church, at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

The fatal incident in which the Akwa Ibom state Governor, Udom Emmanuel, narrowly escaped, led to the unprecedented death of many.

Governor Ayade, in a condolence message signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Chief Press Secretary, Mr Christian Ita, said: “my brother, I am deeply terrified by the news of the horrific death of some of our brothers and sisters of the Reigners’ Bible Church who went to commune with the Almighty God.”

“Even as my heart goes out to the bereaved families and my sympathy to the survivors of the unfortunate incident, I want to especially thank the Almighty God for Your Excellency’s miraculous escape from the jaws of death.”

Furthermore, Ayade prayed for the repose of the souls of the fallen worshipers at the Reigners’ Bible Church.

In his words: “I want to convey the sorrows and sympathies of the government and people of Cross River State to the Brethren of the Reigners’ Bible Church affected by the regrettable incident  as well as the people of Akwa Ibom State.

“May the good Lord bring about a quick recovery to the injured and grant the families of the deceased the courage to bear the painful loss of their loved ones,” the governor prayed.

Governor Emmanuel, declared December 11 and 12, 2016, as days of mourning in honour of the victims of the collapse.

Cross River Govt. Sets February 2017 Deadline For Uninterrupted Power

General Electric, Governors Forum, MoUThe Cross River state government has set a February 2017 deadline to complete works on 21 megawatts Calabar Power Plant and give Calabar metropolis 24/7 uninterrupted electricity supply.

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

The project, according to the governor, is one of the fruits of the several Memorandum of Understanding signed with foreign investors during his several investment trips outside Nigeria.

On the status of the power plant, the governor explained that the project was a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and that 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 the world class independent embedded power plant in Calabar.

He also assured residents and participants in the forthcoming Calabar Festival of steady power supply.

Professor Ayade said that the state had also concluded arrangements with Lilleker and Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company to ensure uninterrupted power supply during the yuletide.

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.


“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 Optimistic Calabar Carnival Would Boost Nigeria’s Economy

Ayade, calabar carnival, nigeria's economyThe Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has expressed optimism that the 2016 Calabar Carnival, would have a multiplier effect on not just the state but Nigeria’s economy.

He believes the event hold lots of opportunities for entrepreneurs from all over the world, who would participate in the exercise beginning from the preparatory period, to the climax of the event in January 2017.

According to the Governor, traffic is already being experienced in different sectors, following lots of activities that have heralded the event, thereby encouraging those yet to make up their minds on participating to do so.

He disclosed this at the flag-off of the second mop-up exercise, ahead of the main event, which had five bands participating.

The Calabar Carnival, adjudged as Africa’s biggest street party, is a showcase of Calabar carnivalthe rich cultural heritage of the people of Cross River State for over a decade now.
Prior to the carnival, the state holds three dry runs to enable participating bands get familiar with the carnival routes to enable them function optimally at the main event.

The second dry run flagged off at the Millenniums park, had the Governor and his wife as well as many dignitaries, present to witness the event.

Governor Ayade who stormed the arena riding on a bicycle alongside his wife, added color to the flag-off.

He expressed excitement that the 2016 edition would indeed be “bigger and better”.

Ayade Reaches Out To Hausa Settlements In Cross River

Cross River, Ayade, HausaThe Cross River State government has reached out to the Hausa communities in the state, to commemorate the Eid-el-Kabir with them.

The residents of Bogobiri community have benefited from different healthcare services such as testing and treatment of malaria and the distribution of over 600 mosquito nets among others.

Some inhabitants from other smaller Hausa settlements were also on ground to be part of this gesture by the government.

The Director General, Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency (CRSPHCDA), Dr. Beta Edu, led a medical team to the Hausa settlement in Calabar, the state’s capital in south-south Nigeria.

She started by sensitizing the people about the AyadeCare Health Insurance Bill and the need for them to use the treated mosquito nets as their environment seemed to a breading place for mosquitoes.

The CRSPHCDA boss also urged the women of the community to partner with the government to reduce to its barest minimum maternal and child mortality.

Some of the beneficiaries expressed gratitude to the Governor Ben Ayade led government.

They said he has made the history of being the first administration to visit their communities with gifts during a festive period.

C/River Governor Signs ‘Ayadecare’ Into Law

Cross River, Ben AyadeCross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has signed into law the State’s Health Insurance Bill.

The Bill seeks to provide medical insurance cover at primary, secondary and tertiary levels for the old, young, weak, strong and the Vulnerable in the state.

Tagged “Ayadecare”, the law is expected to cater for all kinds of medical needs of every adult and resident in the state with a mandatory monthly fee of N1000.00 per person, paid into a stipulated account.

The monthly stipends allows patients access to full medical attention including diagnosis, transplant, surgeries among others.

Speaking on the international dimension of the new law, Governor Ayade sought the cooperation of the World Bank, United Nations, UNICEF and other agencies to support the state with funds in setting up of specialist health care centres across the three senatorial districts of the state to provide for the medical challenges of the citizenry.

He further noted that as part of the policy, the funds will not be available to the government of Cross River State, maintaining that its role will only be to enforce payment as reiterated by Government’s agency in charge of the enforcement.

Ayade Sees Brighter Future Despite Economic Recession

Cross River, Ben Ayade on Economic recession The Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, says he sees a brighter future for Nigeria despite the current recession.

Making comments about the present economic situation, Governor Ayade stressed that this it was a time for Nigerians to think and go beyond the scope of their normal lifestyle.

He urged Nigerians to focus on reconstructing a new economy, new lifestyle, new consumption pattern that could take Nigeria out of the woods.

The Governor added that, “at a time such as this, only quality ideas can survive a society that is challenged and threatened by economic downturn”.

Nigeria’s economy had glided into recession, with a report of the the National Bureau of Statistics showing that Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has contracted by 2.06% in the second quarter of 2016

According to the report by the agency, the decline has caused the Naira to get weaker while lower oil prices dragged the oil sector down.

The output shrunk by 0.36 in the first quarter.


Nigeria Has A Bright Future Despite Economic Recession – Ayade

traditional rulers, Ayade, Cross RiverThe Cross River State Governor, Mr Ben Ayade, says, he sees a brighter future for Nigeria despite the current recession.

Mr Ayade noted that “this is the time for Nigerians to think and go beyond the scope of their normal lifestyle”.

He added that Nigerians need to  focus on reconstructing a new economy, new lifestyle, new consumption pattern that can take Nigeria out of the woods.

Speaking in Calabar the Cross River State Capital, the governor added that, at a time such as this, only quality ideas can survive a society that is challenged and threatened by the economic downturn.

Ayade Signs Homeland Security Bill, Eight Others Into Law

Cross River, Ben AyadeThe Cross River State Governor, Mr Ben Ayade, has signed the Home-Land Safety and Security Services Bill 2016 and eight others into law.

The others include, the Primary Health Care, Environment and Carbon Emission, Equal Opportunity and Gender Based Discrimination Bills.

Other bills assented to by Governor Ayade are, the Greater Calabar Development Agency, Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) Amendment, Harmonized Levies and Roads Infrastructural Maintenance Development Laws.

Speaking at the signing ceremony at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office in Calabar the State Capital, Ayade explained that the Cross River State Home-land Safety and Security Services Bill, code-named “Operation KBM” “is a response to the increasing social and security challenges of the present day society.

According to the Governor, the bill is aimed at providing neigbourhood watch, vigilante patrol and intelligence gathering, providing supportive information to the Police and also providing a real-time, on- time emergency intervention in locations and areas of physical security threats.

Speaking further, the governor said the philosophy behind the Home-land Security is based on the African culture and tradition of being “ones brother’s keeper”.

The governor also commended the Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, principal officers and other members for effective collaboration with the executive in churning out 23 bills since the inception of current administration.

Displaced Bakassi People Get Rekindled Hope From Govt, Germany

Cross River, Ben Ayade and Germany to provide amenities in BakassiThe hope of the displaced Bakassi people was rekindled by the Cross River State government and the German City of Dortmund, with promises of basic amenities and relief materials.

Addressing the displaced people on Wednesday, the Governor of Cross River State, Mr Ben Ayade, said that plans had been concluded between the state government and the City of Dortmund on the provision of the amenities.

Governor Ayade, being the first governor to visit the displaced camp, on arrival was reduced to tears by the subhuman conditions he found at one of the camps for the displaced people of Bakassi.

He promised them relief materials, a weekly supply of food to the camp and above all building a housing scheme in collaboration with the German investors which he brought to help kick-start the construction of the social housing before the end of August.

Speaking through an interpreter, the Mayor of Dortmund, Mr Fuss Friedrich, who could not also hold back tears, assured the displaced persons that the government of Germany would gladly work with the state government to improve their living conditions.

Receiving the good news by the Governor, the Bakassi people expressed optimism, as they anxiously await the actualisation of the promises and many more.

The Governor and his team were later presented with some gift items for visiting the area.

Numbering over 3,000, the displaced all clustered at the Saint Mark’s primary and Secondary School in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the State under inhumane condition.

With little or no support from the government in the past two years, life has been difficult for them.

They are an abandoned heritage in their own fatherland, seeking basic amenities such as Shelter, food, healthcare, education and a means of livelihood which they are entitled to, as Nigerians.

With this effort by the state government, it is hoped that, the Federal Government will also step in to ensure that the Bakassi People are properly settled and begin to live normal lives again.