Cross River Govt Woos Investors To Develop Industrial Sector

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A file photo of Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade.



Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, says his administration remains committed to promoting new directions and focus for the development of the state.

According to him, that is to ensure that Cross River has a warm embrace with countries that have crossed the developing stage, in order for the state to jump-start industrialisation.

The governor stated this on Wednesday in his address at the summit of Taiwan Economic and Business Cooperation Mission to the state held in Calabar, the state capital.

He believes the optimisation of various technologies for value addition in agricultural produce has separated countries distinguishing them as developed and developing nations.

Governor Ayade noted that he looked forward to the creation of a new dimension in leading Cross River to be an investment destination from nations of the world with a similar shared history.

He acknowledged the timeliness in the partnership between Cross River State and the nation of Taiwan.

The governor, therefore, assured merchants willing to do business with investors from Taiwan of his administration’s commitment to supporting and eliminating all bottlenecks, adding that this was the essence of the established business relationship to create value for residents.

The summit had in attendance investors drawn from various sectors of development such as the manufacturing, medical, agriculture, marine, solar system, and technology among others.

Some participants at the event decried that over the years, Africa has been described as a consuming continent, with majority of what it consumes in food, machinery, and other utilities imported from overseas.

In his remarks, the Chairman of Taiwan Africa Business Association, Mr Jeff Sun, assured the state of maximum cooperation to help develop its various sectors and make them functional.

He disclosed that as a result of agricultural technology, the country has been able to manage only 16 per cent arable land to grow its agricultural sector.

Other key players who spoke stressed that the mission was to further boost the industrial effort of the state government.

Navy Arrests Two Suspected Oil Thieves In Cross River


The Nigerian Navy Ship Victory says it is intensifying efforts towards the protection of the Nigerian Maritime space through regular supervision in checking for illegalities with the arrest of two suspects with petroleum products worth over 47 million naira.

The Commander Victory, Commodore Vincent Okeke disclosed this when he paraded two suspected oil thieves at the Victory jetty in Calabar, the Cross River State capital in an operation he personally supervised.

Commodore Vincent who disclosed that about 300 drums of suspected illegally refined products suspected to have been refined in the neighbouring states of the south in three boats were intercepted and two suspects arrested with investigations currently ongoing.

Handing over the suspects and products to the Nigerian Security and civil defense corp, Commodore Okeke tasked perpetrators of illegalities to deceit from such acts as Calabar waterways will continue to be a barrier point for shipping illegal products.

The NSCDC Commandant, Danjuma Elisha, while commending the Nigerian Navy for the giant fleet, expressed satisfaction with the judiciary over various judgments delivered on economic saboteurs.

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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Cross River Governor Ben Ayade Re-Elected


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.

PHOTOS: Governor Ayade, Wife Vote In Cross River


The Cross River Governor, Ben Ayade on Saturday joined other residents of the state in casting their votes for the governorship and House of Assembly elections.

The governor alongside his wife voted at the Ipong polling unit in Kakum ward, Obudu Local Government Area of the state.

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Obong Of Calabar Urges Electorate To Maintain Current Zoning Formula


The Obong of Calabar, His Eminence, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V has appealed to the electorates in Cross River State to maintain the current zoning formula that has encouraged political stabilization and peace across it’s three senatorial districts.

This, according to the tradition ruler will allow the Northern Senatorial District to retain the governorship position for another four-year term in order to be at par with other Senatorial districts.

Speaking when he played host to the State governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, the Obong commended Ayade for his developmental strides and sort for his reelection.

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In the same vein, Professor Ben Ayoade’s support base received a boost with his endorsement by the leadership of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, and Labour Party, LP in the state.

The two parties said their adoption of the governor was predicated on his record in office in the last three and a half years.

The governor, accepting the adoptions thanked the leadership of the SDP and Labour Party, describing the action as a celebration of civilization and maintained that, upon the completion of his second term in office in 2023, power, in line with the rotational principle in the state, will shift to Cross River Southern Senatorial zone.

Court Halts Delisting Of Owan-Enoh By INEC As APC Governorship Candidate In Cross River

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, has ordered a stay of execution on the Federal High Court judgment, which ordered the delisting of Senator John Owan-Enoh as the governorship flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State.

The presiding judge, Justice Mojeed Awoade ordered that the two factions of the APC in the state should maintain status quo, pending the final judgment in the case.

Senator Owan-Enoh and the Minister of Niger Delta, Usani Usani, are both in contention for the party’s ticket for Cross River State governorship seat.

The Appeal Court had on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, refused an oral application by the Owan-Enoh faction for a stay of execution of the Federal High Court judgment.

Justice Awoade had ordered all parties to maintain the status quo, pending the determination of the appeal filed by the faction of the party led by John Ochala against the judgment of the Federal High Court.

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He, however, granted the Ochala faction of the party leave to appeal the judgment of the Federal High Court, which had on February 11 recognised the Etim John faction of the APC as the authentic leadership of the party in the state.

The court also directed INEC to recognise the list of candidates presented by the Etim John led leadership in the general elections.

But responding to the stay of execution order by the Appeal Court, the counsel to Senator Owan-Enoh explained that INEC had misinterpreted the Federal High Court order by delisting the names of the candidates of the APC earlier sent to the commission.

He insisted that Owan-Enoh remained the recognised governorship candidate for the March 9, 2019 election.

On his part, the counsel to Usani said his team would wait for the final judgment in the case, which is expected to be delivered before the governorship election on March 9, 2019.

The Appeal Court has adjourned the case until Monday, March 4, 2019.

INEC Staff Stranded At Sea, Fail To Conduct Elections In Bakassi Wards

INEC Staff Stranded At Sea, Fail To Hold Elections In Bakassi Wards


Voters in four wards of Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River State were unable to exercise their franchise in the Presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday after the electoral officials deployed to the area failed to get there.

The electoral officials were said to have been stranded on the high sea for about 10 hours while on their way to the communities on Saturday.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Frankland Briyai, told Channels Television on Sunday that the boat conveying the electoral officials got grounded somewhere on the sea.

Briyai said, “It (the boat) was stuck and couldn’t come out again. Towards evening time, the Navy commander sent a team to rescue them. So they came back successfully.

“Four wards could not have elections yesterday, so we are waiting to get instructions from Abuja on when we’re going to hold those elections.”


A file photo of electoral officials in Cross Rivers State


One of the members of the ad-hoc staff, Mrs Rosa Angioha, also told Channels Television that they arrived at Bakassi at about 9 pm on Friday.

According to her, the electoral officials “slept at an open field till early morning of Saturday. We left Bakassi for the sea at about 9 am (on Sunday).”

Mrs Angioha said the team was on the sea for about three hours, before men of the Marine Police told them they had missed their way.

She added that the police were able to convey only 20 of them back to Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

The rest of them were said to have been unable to get help until 7 pm, when they returned to Calabar.

INEC Replaces Owan-Enoh With Usani As APC Gov Candidate In Cross River

INEC REC In Cross River, Frankland Briyai, addresses journalists about the decision in Calabar


The Independent National Electoral Commission has replaced Senator with Usani Usani as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Cross River.

INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr Frankland Briyai, announced the decision on Friday at INEC’s head office in Calabar.

He said the commission’s decision is pursuant to the order of court in suit no FHC/CA/CL/731/2018-Honourable Godwin Etim John Vs APC and others.

“The commission pursuant in other of court in above matter have directed that the names of candidates summited by APC for Governorship, Senatorial, House of Representative and State House of Assembly for Cross River State be removed from the list of candidates for the election in compliance with the said order.

“However the logo and names of the party shall be retained pending the submission of the list of candidates from the Godwin Etim John-led state executive by the national working committee of APC in compliance with the above order.”

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Usani Usani.

Elections: Three Killed, Others Injured In Cross River

Elections: Three Killed, Others Injured In Cross River


Residents of Bendeghe community in Etung Local Government Area of Cross River State have decried the violent attack meted out on their community by suspected political thugs.

The attack was said to have occurred on Saturday last week and claimed the lives of three people with other people sustaining gunshot injuries.

While those killed were members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), including the party’s ward chairman in Bendeghe, the survivors blamed the attack on an All Progressives Congress (APC) faction in the area.

One of the eyewitnesses told Channels Television that the PDP members were ambushed by suspected thugs while awaiting the signing of a peace accord by both parties to ensure violent free elections.

The community called on the security agencies as well as government authorities to strengthen security measures to prevent a reoccurrence of the incident as the elections draw closer.

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Etung local government has over the years been known as one of the flashpoints for electoral violence in Cross River.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Cocoa, Mr Oscar Ofuka, who also hails from the community condemned the attack.

He said the state government would not condone any more attack of such, stressing that “enough is enough”.

Ofuka, however, called on the PDP supporters in the community to remain calm and asked them to shelve any plan to embark on a reprisal.

In his reaction, the State Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr Bassey Ita, denied the allegation that supporters of the party were responsible for the killings.

According to him, the accusations are merely a political statement to score a cheap political point by the PDP ahead of the elections.

Mr Ita warned the party to desist from heating up the polity and causing crises in the state.

Court Sacks Owan-Enoh As Cross River APC Gov Candidate


A Federal High Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State, has sacked Senator John Owan Enoh as the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state.

The court also sacked the factional leadership of the party under Mr John Ochalla, which is loyal to Owan-Enoh.

Apart from removing Senator Enoh and Ochalla, the court rejected other candidates of the party currently recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In a two-hour judgment, Justice Simon Amobeda, ordered that Usani Usani, be recognised as the legitimate candidate of the party.

He also ordered that “INEC should only receive and accept the names and candidates for the 2019 elections that emerged from the lawful executive led by Godwin Etim John”.

Justice Amobeda also ordered that persons parading themselves as the executive members of the APC in the state should forthwith cease to do so, ruling that the lawful executive of APC in Cross River remains that which is led by Godwin Etim John.

“The judgment clearly is in support of the rule of law as it also supports the yearning of the common man,” counsel to the claimants, Ayei Okpa, told journalists after the judgement.

“Once a judgment is delivered in a court of law, everyone affected by that judgment is supposed and ought to comply with the said judgment and that is what this court today, has confirmed”.

Okpa added that INEC is to use and publish only the names that emerged from the lawful executive and not any other name that emerged from any other executive in Cross River State APC.

According to him, the court has every power under its disciplinary jurisdiction to undo what has been done unlawfully and the Electoral Act commands INEC to obey court orders.

“INEC has every reason to comply with that order, what INEC did by publishing unlawful names is unlawful,” he said.

Reacting to the judgement, Ntufam Godwin Etim John said, he is very pleased with the court’s ruling and is not surprised with the judgment because according to him, there is no way that one will disobey court injunction, ruling or judgement and expect to go anywhere and get a contrary judgment.

Meanwhile, counsel to the John Ochalla faction of the party, Egire Osim, declined to speak with Journalists.