Cross River Signs N3.2 billion Water Project With Chinese Company

Water2The Cross River State government has signed its last phase of contract for the construction and extension of water production and distribution system in the state as part of efforts to improve the living standard as well as the sanitary conditions of its citizenry.

Upon conclusion, the Obubura Urban Renewal Project which is the last to be executed by the present administration is expected to be of benefit to over two million of its urban settlers across the state.

Deputy Governor of the state, Efiok Cobham, disclosed at the signing of the contract between the state government and a Chinese firm, which will handle the N3.2 billion project.

Reemphasising the importance of portable water to the Obubura community, he charged the contracting firm to bring its over 20 years of experience in the sector to bear, by delivering high quality service.

He noted that meeting the needs of the rural populace has been the desire of the present administration.

The completion of all the water projects already signed, he added, will place Cross River State as one the few states in the country to meet the Millennium Development Goals next year.

Commissioner for Water Resources, Elemi Etowa affirmed that all the necessary facilities in terms of funding needed to actualize the water projects have been secured from donor agencies and government is working towards the full implementation within the shortest possible time.

The Contract according to him which is funded by the World Bank is in fulfillment of the Governor Liyel Imoke-led administration strategy drive of providing hygienic and safe drinking water for all residents in Cross River State.

The contractor handling the project, Ye Shuijim promised adequate delivering of the project according to specification and on time.

Government Promises Free Healthcare For Schools

PupilsThe Federal Government has concluded arrangements to ensure that as from September 2014, all pupils in primary schools across the country would have unlimited access to healthcare delivery services at no cost, in a concerted effort to reduce infants and maternal mortality rate in the country.

Beyond this, Nigeria is also set to be the first in the world to begin the practice of full deployment of mobile insurance scheme starting from next week Monday in Lagos, Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Dr Femi Thomas, disclosed this to Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke, during a courtesy call at the Government House in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

Dr Femi Thomas said that he was in the state to sensitize the various stakeholders of the new programmes introduced in the scheme, for them to be more aware and in turn prepare to accommodate this development.

He maintained that the scheme has also being expanded to accommodate pregnant women and children, as well as the vulnerable in the state alongside flexible payment plans for other users of the scheme.

Responding, Governor Liyel Imoke said that one of the key challenges of healthcare delivery in the country has been the cost, but with the insurance scheme and its new packages, access to qualitative treatment would become possible.

Governor Imoke noted that the new plans by the scheme would lead to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Nigeria, and urged the Federal Government to guard against fraudulent actions.


Imoke Inaugurates Committee To Reform Governance In Cross River

imoke_liyelGovernor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State has inaugurated a committee for his administration’s  State and Local Governance Reform (SLOGOR) project.

This is said to be a strategy to strengthen governance for effective and efficient service delivery among the three arms of government in the State.

The project is aimed at improving transparency, accountability and quality in the public finance management with a view to strengthening governance.

Inaugurating the committee at the Executive Council Chambers in Calabar, the state capital, the Governor noted that to achieve meaningful and sustainable reforms as an administration, all arms of Government must be alive to their various responsibilities.

He urged the various stakeholders in the three arms of Government to start thinking of ways things can be done differently with the sole aim of ensuring service delivery to the governed.

Eid-el Kabir: Governors Urge Muslims To Embrace Peace, Seek Development

Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State, has congratulated Muslims on this year’s Eid-el Kabir, even as he urged them to galvanise their energies towards the development of the country.

In a congratulatory message by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Christian Ita, Governor Imoke enjoined the Muslim Ummah, Nigerians and indeed all people of goodwill to remember the significance of the
celebration which is sacrifice, obedience and love.

According to Imoke, “as we celebrate this special season of Eid-el Kabir, I wish to charge you to direct your thoughts and energies in a positive way to help our nation realize its dreams of a better place for us all. Let us use the guiding spirit and philosophy behind the celebration to join hands with people of other faith to bring about peace in Nigeria, as it is one of the necessary requirements for development.

“As we share with one another love, let it be a reminder to us at all times that there is abundant premium in fidelity to Allah’s injunctions.

He also appealed to Muslim brothers and sisters “to continue to pray for the nation and her leaders for Allah to guide and direct our thoughts towards purposeful and selfless service.”

In a similar event, the Ogun state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, led other state executive council members to join the Muslim faithful at the two Rakat prayer held at the Lantoro central praying ground in the state capital.

During his address, the governor thanked the people of the state for supporting his administration policies and programmes while requesting for more support.

He assured residents of the state of his administration’s commitment towards socio economic development of the state adding that as part of his efforts towards moral rearmament, Islamic studies at primary and secondary levels of education will be re-introduced, as more teachers for the subject have been recruited.

The Kwara state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has charged Muslims that the Nigeria project must not fail.

In a message, signed by his chief press secretary, Alhaji Abdulwahaab Oba, to mark this year’s Ed-el Kabir celebration, governor Ahmed urged Muslims  to pray for peace and success of the nation.

According to Ahmed “our existence as a country is God’ ordained. We must entrust its success onto him. This celebration is another opportunity to pray for the strengthening of good neighborliness and nation building, through sacrifice and selfless service”.

Governor Ahmed said for Nigeria to realize its potentials as a nation, Nigerians of all religious persuasions must work collectively, but consciously, and submit to common religious doctrine of being our brother’s keeper.

According to the governor, “the 1434a.h Eid-el-kabir celebration provides another opportunity for us to reflect on the essence of sacrifice and humility as fulcrums for the promotion of harmonious relationship in our polity”.

Also, the Kogi state deputy governor Yomi Awoniyi called on Muslims to use the Ed-el-Kabir celebration as a period for displaying the virtues of tolerance understanding and good neighbourliness.

In his message, he congratulated muslims for seeing yet another Ed-el-kabir celebration, he called for prayers for the success of Governor Idris Wada’s administration and for peace and prosperity of the state and nation at large.

The deputy governor advised muslims and indeed Nigerians, to shun all forms of vices that could hinder harmonious existence with people of other faiths, saying “we must continue to appreciate that our strength as a people lie in our ethnic and religious diversities, hence, we should maximize the inherent advantages in such diversities through understanding and respect of the essence of the different faiths”.

Futhermore, the Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi has advised the Muslims in the state and Nigeria in general to remain steadfast in their faith in the Almighty Allah who has given them the opportunity to witness another Eid-el-kabir.

Speaking at the praying ground in Ado Ekiti, governor Fayemi said Ekiti is one of the most peaceful states in the country and would continue to be peaceful to ensure a smooth and peaceful conduct of the governorship polls next year.

He added that Nigerians, irrespective of their religion should see themselves as brothers and sisters and stop the killing of one another. Therefore, the nation’s security agencies should rise up to their responsibilities so as to provide adequate security in the country.

Kate Henshaw Presents Book To Mrs. Imoke

Nollywood actress, Kate Henshaw has presented her Pictorial autobiography titled ‘Kate Henshaw: The World of an Actress, My Story’ to the wife of the Cross River State Governor, Mrs. Obioma Liyel-Imoke.

Making the presentation at Mrs. Imoke’s office in Calabar, Kate disclosed that the 360-page book is her contribution to efforts aimed at supporting certain charities.

According to her, part of the proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to charities and most especially little Miss. Kiki whom she said was born without a skull and presently on admission at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the United States of America.

The governor’s wife who promised to support Kate Henshaw’s course also called on the public to contribute to Kate’s humanitarian gesture by buying a copy of the book which is currently on sale in the open market.

Sambo Lays Foundation For $1 Billion Manufacturing Plant In Calabar

Nigeria’s desire to become one of the world’s twenty largest economies by the year 2020, is gradually becoming a reality with the choice of a private company, General Electric to establish a $1 billion manufacturing and training facility at the free trade zone, in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital.

The company’s mandate is to encourage the creation of local employment, eliminating imports, thereby leading to a robust Nigerian Economy.

This was disclosed by the company’s President and CEO, GE Nigeria, Lazarus Angbazo, at the foundation-laying ceremony, which was performed by the Nigeria’s Vice President, Namadi Sambo, at the construction site in Calabar.

General Electric (GE’s) is a multi-billion dollar private company whose operations in Nigeria span more than four decades, with numerous customers in both the public and private sectors.

Their portfolio of technology solutions is well aligned with Nigeria’s infrastructure needs, and is poised towards revitalising the nation’s electricity, healthcare, rail transportation, water treatment and the aviation sectors.

The move, according to stakeholders in GE, will further strengthen the improved confidence of Nigeria to boosting local and global business where other African countries would be served.

This milestone goes beyond buildings, as the company will recruit and train all their staff who will be mostly Nigerians on engineering, vocational crafts and management, comprehensive training programmes, technology among others for a period of six months to one year in Calabar for effective delivery.

Vice president, Nmadi Sambo, while laying the foundation, said the operations of GE in Calabar would not only give a boost to the administration’s Transformation Agenda, but would also strengthen the administration’s policies on job creation and wealth generation.

Vice President Sambo noted that the groundbreaking ceremony would also further strengthen the confidence in the Nigerian business environment by both local and foreign investors.

According to the Minister of State, Trade and Investment, Dr. Samuel Ortom, the occasion is a materialisation of a dream conceived between the federal government and GE on the 31st of January this year, when both parties sealed an investment deal of $I billion dollars (N158 billion) on the establishment of a best-in-class assembly in Calabar.

He added that, “it is a demonstration that the current administration was not just interested in investment commitments, but monitoring the processes to the execution stage”.

Governor Liyel Imoke in his speech noted that diversifying the nation’s economy from oil and gas and providing an enabling environment for private sector to thrive, is a sure way to boosting the nation’s economy.



NASS Lauds Imoke on Projects Sustainability

The National Assembly Committee on Civil Society and Donor Agencies has expressed satisfaction with the institutional framework put in place by the Cross River State government to enhance sustainability of its projects.

The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Civil Society and Donor Agencies, Professor Ini Udoka stated this during a courtesy call on Governor Liyel Imoke in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital after inspecting some projects across the state.

The Commitee Members were in the state to inspect projects executed by the European Union (EU) with Federal Ministry of Water Resources as well as others projects undertaken by Federal MDAs to ascertain their Level of implementation, quality and impact on the citizens domiciled in the State.

Speaking after their inspection to project sites at Ikot Okon Abasi and Akpap Okoyong in Odukpani Local Government Area, Professor Udoma averred that, the Commitee is pleased with the modalities  put in place by the Cross River State Government to sustain the effectiveness of the projects for generations yet unborn.

According to the Federal legislator, this is based on the degree of accountability and transparency which the state exhibits and congratulated it for giving Nigeria confidence in project execution, with a push to doing more.

Governor Liyel Imoke in his response disclosed that over the years, the state has instituted necessary institutions and strengthened them with needed capacity to achieve its objectives because of its belief that they will serve the people better.

Imoke added that, partnerships with donor agencies will further enhance development and that the import of the projects is that they are client driven and not donor agencies driven.

Imoke Returns Home After 3 Months Treatment Abroad

The Cross River State Governor Liyel Imoke returned to the country on Friday, after spending about 3 months abroad.

The Special Assistant on Media to Governor Imoke, Christian Ita, said the governor arrived after 10 pm aboard a chartered flight.

“The governor arrived in Calabar through the Margaret Ekpo International Airport late last night,’’ he said.

Governor Imoke had travelled to the United States to receive treatment for what his office described as a minor health concern as well an official leave.

Deputy Governor, Efiok Cobham, took his place for the duration of the leave in line with the provisions of the country’s constitution.

Governor Imoke made his first public appearance on Saturday evening at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar where he had gone to watch the friendly match between the Golden Eaglets and Botswana Starlets’.

The Eaglets, who have been camping in Calabar for months, are scheduled to host their Botswanan counterparts in two matches scheduled for Saturday and Monday.

Governor Imoke was last seen in Calabar on Dec. 6, 2012.

He was said to have proceeded on a two-month accumulated leave, after he had earlier written to the State House of Assembly on his intention to proceed on leave.

The Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke, in exchanging pleasantries with the technical crew of the Nigerian U-17 , the Golden Eaglet during the team International Friendly encounter with Botswana U-17 team at the U J Esuene stadium in Calabar
Nigerian U-17 Captain, Musa Muhammed introducing the players to Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke shortly before the kickoff an International friendly encounter between Nigeria and Botswana U-17 team at the UJ Esuene stadium in Calabar
The Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke, taking the kick-off while the centre referee watched during an International friendly encounter between Nigerian U-17 and their Botswana counterpart at the UJ Esuene stadium in Calabar

1,000 drums of crude oil destroyed by Navy in Bakassi

1, 000 drums containing diesel and petrol worth over N100m allegedly siphoned from pipelines and stored in two warehouses in Ikang, Bakassi Local Government Area have been destroyed by the Nigerian Navy in Calabar, Cross River State.

The Commanding Officer, Nigeria Navy Ship Victory, Commodore Kingdom Itoko, who led the operation, on Friday said the Bakassi environment had become notorious for illegal bunkering, sea piracy, armed robbery and other economic sabotage.

Itoko said it was sad that some people are engaged in economic sabotage, adding that having over 1,000 drums containing petrol and diesel illegally siphoned was inimical to the country’s economic development.

He added that the navy was ready to put to an end such illegal activities in compliance with the Chief of Defence Staff’s directive.

He regretted that some people were still indulging in bunkering despite the fact that Governor Liyel Imoke had on May 24, 2012, led a major operation that led to the arrest of some suspects and seizure of petroleum products.

“As the Commander of the naval base, NNS Victory, I am acting on behalf of the Chief of Defence Staff that advised us to burn any illegal product discovered. Illegal bunkering in Nigeria is like piracy and other criminal activities,” he said.