Cross River Govt. Assures Communities Of Electricity Distribution

ben-ayadeThe Cross River State Government has assured all the communities across the state yet to be connected with electricity will soon have transformers installed in their communities.

He also stated that the state will enjoy uninterrupted power before the end of the present administration.

The Director General of the State Electrification Agency, Hon. Jake-Otu Enyia disclosed this to Journalists in Calabar, the Cross River state capital.

Speaking on the Ayade’s Zero tolerance to darkness, Enyia said, Governor Ayade is passionate about rural electrification knowing that, power supply is fundamental to rural development and economic emancipation.

“Since the present administration came on board, the state government has invested hugely in the electrification sector through the supplies of transformers, installations and ensuring that the state is lighted.

“For those yet to be captured, the governor has mandated SEA to intervene in such communities for them to also benefit from the gesture”, Enyia said.

Ayade Offers 1million Naira For Information On Kidnappers

ben-ayadeThe Cross River State governor, Prof Ben Ayade, has imposed a new security law on kidnapping and armed robbery.

He announced 1million Naira for anyone who can offer information leading to the arrest of kidnappers and armed robbers in the state.

The new law became necessary following the high spate of kidnapping and other forms of Criminality experienced lately in some parts of the state metropolis.

The Executive Order, christened “Hafiz law”, according to Governor Ayade, stipulates that anybody who whistle blows on an armed robber or a kidnapper by intelligence or investigation that the armed robber or kidnapper is found to be true, that person is entitled to 1million Naira.

Ayade made this known at the Exco Chambers of the governor’s office when the new Commissioner of Police posted to the State, Hafiz Mohammed paid him a courtesy call.

The governor expressed his displeasure in a situation where suspected criminals arrested in time pasts on issues relating to armed robbery or kidnapping found their way back into the street without prosecution.

He assured the new police commissioner of his administration’s readiness to offer any institutional support to the police for effective policing of the State.

CP Inuwa, in his remarks disclosed that, he is ready to work with anybody who is willing to assist the police in ensuring that the state remains peaceful, while assuring the State Government of delivering effectively for the safety of lives and properties of residents.

‎Calabar Green Carnival: Cross River To Plant 1.5mln Trees Every December

ben-ayade-tree-plantingThe Cross River State Government plans to plant 1.5 million trees every December, as As part of effort to curb climate change.

Governor Ben Ayade, who announced the plan on Sunday at the flag of of the second edition of the Cross River State Green Carnival, promised to lead the state Ministries, Departments and Agencies’ Staff in the tree planting exercise.

“My Government will continue to support effort to curb climate change, as my signature project of 260 kilometre superhighway was not to deplete the state forest for development, as more trees have been planted to replace the ones brought down as a result of construction of the road,” Governor Ayade said.

Participants in the carnival believe tree planting will mitigate the effects of climate change

Addressing a gathering at the beginning of rht 32-day festival, he said the state policy on climate change had made Cross River to declare a public holiday once every year for all the citizens to embark on street tree planting. ‎

The State Commissioner for ‎ ‎Information, Rosemary Archibong, and the 2016 Miss Climate Change sued for collective support of the state government effort to mitigate the effects of climate Change and make Cross River Green.

Climate change has become a huge threat to the environment, with Cross River State taking up responsibility in fighting its effect on the State and Nigeria.

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.”

Cross River Govt. To Float Food Bank Across LGAs

traditional rulers, Ayade, Cross RiverThe Cross River State government is looking to establish a Proper Professional Food Bank as a steady market for farmers.

Governor Ben Ayade is optimistic that agriculture can go a long way to strengthening Nigeria’s Economy which at the moment is in recession.

The Governor, who announced the plan on Saturday, said the Proper Professional Food Bank would be responsive for granting a steady market for farmers to sell their produce as they are cultivating.

He spoke at the CBN-CRSG Anchor Borrowers’ Programme for Rice Value Chain held at Odukpani Local Government Area of the State.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrowers’ Program is a Scheme set up by the President to lift thousands of small farmers out of poverty and in turn generate millions of jobs for unemployed Nigerians.

Mr Ayade at the occasion commended President Muhammadu Buhari for providing an agricultural mechanised centre to provide industrialised support for farming.

According to him, this initiative he believes, will guarantee a steady income, agricultural exchange centre for the Council, State and Nigeria in extension, just as his administration intends to set up a food bank across the 18 local government areas of the State.

Governor Ayade assured the beneficiaries and farmers across the state of government’s support from the point of equipment, factory support, machineries and all the factorisation they require.

A representative of the CBN Governor, Graham Kalio, urged the beneficiaries to keep faith with the roadmap, plan and vision of the scheme in order to achieve a Nigeria where the importation of rice and other foodstuffs would be a thing of the past.

Meanwhile the State’s Commissioner for Agriculture, Anthony Eneji, said that the government had identified a rice yield that would guarantee 24 tons per hectare.


Cross River To build Canadian International School

Cross River, Canada, Ayade, international schoolThe Cross River State Government has concluded paper work with the Canadian Government in Ottawa, Canada to enable the takeoff of a Canadian international school.

The school will provide learning facilities for primary, secondary and a tertiary institution in Calabar.

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade disclosed this upon arrival at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport following his trip abroad to acquire practical knowledge on how the state can develop in some sectors.

Answering questions from pressmen at the airport, Ayade said that the state decided to partner Canada owing to the fact that the country is rated the best in terms of education in the world.

The Governor said that his administration would stop at nothing in giving the educational sector a face lift which will in turn birth new study system that will encourage learning in schools as practiced in developed countries.

Ayade added that, a builder’s school will also be built in the state to encourage local talents gain international recognition as the state sets to build new cities.

Being away for more than three weeks, the Governor said, he was happy to be back to the state to put into practice all he learnt abroad.

In June 2016, the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) and the Cross River State Government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on education in Ottawa, Canada.

The MoU signing came barely 24 hours after the Canadian Government and Cross River State concluded a deal on trade and investment.

The President of CBIE, Kate Mebride, signed on behalf of her bureau while Governor Ben Ayade signed for Cross River State Government.


Canada, Cross River Sign MoU on Education

Cross River, Canada, AyadeThe Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) and the Cross River State Government have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on education in Ottawa, Canada.

The MoU signing came barely 24 hours after the Canadian Government and Cross River State concluded a deal on trade and investment.

The President of CBIE, Kate Mebride, signed on behalf of her bureau while Governor Ben Ayade signed for Cross River State Government.

Speaking at the ceremony, Governor Ayade said that the intent and import of the MoU “is to create a new celebration for the Cross River State Government to ensure that all citizens and indeed, all Nigerians have quality education that is akin to the Canadian Standard”.

During the 2016 Children’s Day celebration, the Governor had announced plans by his administration to build a model school of Canadian standard in each of the three senatorial districts in the state.

He said that the signing of the MoU was therefore, an opportunity to expand the scope to include the builders’ school, a reconstruction of academics to improve hands-on experience learning.

Before the MoU signing ceremony, the Governor was given a tour of some technical schools in Ottawa, Ontario.

Ayade Seeks Better Care For Displaced Bakassi People

Ayade, Bakassi peopleCross River State Governor, Ben Ayade says he will continue to draw attention of the world to the pains and agony faced by displaced Bakassi People.

The Governor, who is bitter about the situation, called on the Nigerian Navy to join the state in its quest towards demanding for justice for the Bakassi people who are struggling to survive.

Governor Ayade was speaking when the newly posted Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, paid him a visit at his office in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

Addressing the Naval team on the constant feeling of neglect faced by the internally displaced persons, Governor Ayade said that since their eviction from their ancestral land, they have received no attention from government, but rather attention goes to other internally displaced people in other states.

The Governor noted that Cross Riverians were sad over ceding their land without adequate compensation and their constant cry for help from the Federal Government had not received any positive response.

According to him, the issue of the displaced Bakassi people poses a threat to the state’s internal security which the Navy should also try to address.

The FOC, Rear Admiral James Oluwole, promised to look into the security aspect of the Bakassi issue.

He also hinted the Governor on the command’s proposed affordable housing units for the Navy, which the command wants the state government to also key into.

Cross River Judiciary Workers Suspend Strike

SenateThe Cross River State chapter of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has suspended its over eight months strike embarked upon by its members in the state following demands of financial autonomy and independence from the judiciary branch of the government among other demands.

This is following the signing of an MOU by the Cross River State government and a representative of the body at the Executive chambers of the Governor’s office in Calabar the Cross River State capital.

Speaking shortly after the signing, Governor Ayade assured of keeping to the terms and agreement contained in the MOU with a promise of setting up a committee that will work out modalities of implementing its provisions.

Gov. Ayade speaking further disclosed that, the suspension of the strike and resumption of work by judicial workers in the state will speed up actions that will lead to the decongestion of the prisons and police cells which has for the past months harbored suspects awaiting trial.

He urged the workers to remain the voice of the voiceless and also keep to their own terms of the MOU signed.

National Treasurer of JUSUN, Jimoh Musa Alonge, who represented the National President of the union, announcing the suspension of the strike, urged his colleagues to resume work with immediate effect.

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 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.