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.”

Governor Ayade Appoints 1,106 Persons In Cross River

Ben Ayade, Cross RiverGovernor Ben Ayade has announced the appointment of 1106 persons in Cross River State.

They are appointed as special advisers, special assistants, personal assistants as well as the Chairmen and members of Board, commissions, departments and agencies.

The appointment is in addition to the over 800 others which Governor Ayade had earlier made.

A breakdown of the appointment shows that 799 were appointed into various boards, commissions and agencies.

The remaining 307 appointees are: six special advisers, 30 senior special advisers, 75 special assistants, 25 personal assistants, 16 personal assistants to paramount rulers and 90 representatives of each local government in the State Food Bank Unit.

Others are, 21 liaison officers for the 18 local government areas and three senatorial districts, 18 special assistants on religious affairs and 26 permanent secretaries.

A statement by the Governor’s spokesman, Mr Christian Ita, on Tuesday says the appointments take effect from November 1, 2016.

Cross River Cabinet Nominees To Face Aptitude Test

Ben-Ayade-cross riverNominees for appointment as Commissioners in Cross River State will be subjected to intense scrutiny.

A statement by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Mr Christian Ita, confirmed this, saying the nominees will undergo a mandatory aptitude test before confirmation is granted.

The statement confirmed that they are not the only ones to take the test, as chairmen, members of boards, agencies and parastatals, and special advisers will follow the routine.

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, expressed belief that all appointments in the state must be subjected to ethical measures.

He said that this is to ascertain if they can function in the new order, where transparency and accountability are the watchwords.

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.