Cross River State Gets Limestone Exploration Licence

Ayade, Cross River, Supreme CourtThe Cross River State government in southern Nigeria has obtained exploration licences for limestone and quarry from the Federal Government.

The licences include quarry lease for granite, exploration licence for limestone, clay and shales as well as reconnaissance permit.

The State government says the development is part of strategies to reposition its economy.

Receiving the licences, during the State Executive Council meeting at the State Executive Chambers, at the Governor’s office in Calabar, the State Governor, Mr Ben Ayade, thanked the Federal Government for the feats.

The Governor also applauded the Commissioner for Solid Minerals Resources, George O’ben-Etchi, for his level of commitment to procuring of the licences.

Governor Ayade maintained that, with the licences and the availability of the limestone in the state, the next step would be sourcing for finance to begin exploration to positively reposition the economy of the state.

Reasoning that Cross River indigenes were not limited by the challenges of the time, the Governor averred that, the state was rather inspired by the challenges to act and dream big.

Limestone is the raw material for the manufacture of quicklime (calcium oxide), slaked lime (calcium hydroxide), cement and mortar.

Pulverised limestone is used as a soil conditioner to neutralise acidic soils, this can help in the area of agriculture that the Nigerian government is exploring to increase its input to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product.

Pulverised limestone is crushed for use as aggregate – the solid base for many roads as well as in asphalt concrete.

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.

Warring Communities: Ayade Withdraws Certificate Of Traditional Rulers

Cross River,The Cross River State Governor, Mr Ben Ayade, has ordered the immediate withdrawal of Certificates of Traditional Rulers and Village heads of all waring communities across the State.

According to the governor, this is part of measures to putting an end to the incessant communal Clashes in some communities of the State.

Governor Ayade, who gave the directive in Calabar, the state capital, maintained that the traditional leaders have done little or nothing to cushion the crises which has over the years claimed many lives and property.

The Ayade-led administration, mindful of the negative effect of the crises to slowing down development, blamed the traditional institution within such communities to have allowed the crises degenerate this far.

Communal clashes have in the past years been a reoccurring decimal in communities, whose major source of livelihood is farming.

The reason for the clashes which occurs in every rainy season is as a result of a portion of land for farming.

Service Commanders undertook a show of force operation to some of the affected communities to have an undershot assessment of the present situation.

They also took out time to check on their men who were deployed to the areas to quell the communal clash to encourage and commend them for their work.

They visited Communities in Yakurr and Obubura Local Government Areas of the State.

With this unexpected action by the governor, it is hoped that, adequate peace will fully return to warring communities and the issue of communal clashes will be a thing of the past.

Osinbajo Advocates Thorough Reform Of Judiciary

Yemi-Osinbajo on JudiciaryThe Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Soinbajo, has stressed the need for a thorough reform of the nation’s judiciary to uphold the Rule of Law.

At the Justice Peter Bassey 10th Memorial Anniversary in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, Professor Osinbajo said he would want to see a judicial system where “the Rule of Law is applicable to all classes of Nigerians irrespective of their status”.

At the event held on Thursday at the International Conference Centre of the University of Calabar, Professor Osinbajo, who is a lawyer, expressed the belief that it was the right moment to address the nation’s judicial system.

‘Consequence For Conducts’

“The reason for what we have had in the past years is because there have been no consequence for unlawful conducts.

“People get away with anything and part of the reason this has continued is that it is also becoming cultural,” the Vice President said.

He shared his experience as the Attorney General of Lagos State, saying he was faced constantly with persons who come to beg on behalf of persons who have committed  different offences.

“Nobody wants to accept that their brother, cousin or friend should go to jail for committing an offence,” he stated.

At the event were a former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili and the Governor of Cross River State, Mr Ben Ayade.

Mr Ben stressed that morality was the essential fabric that would drive the future of Nigeria.

“With the absence of morality, the future is bleak. Most of the decadence we have found in the society today originate from lack of morality,” Mr Ayade said.

For Mrs Ezekwesili, Nigerians have distorted the nation’s incentives’ regime, which she said had led to the reward of people with bad behaviour while good persons are punished.