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 Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar, in Cross River State has been designated as one of the nation’s Agro-Perishable cargo airport in the country in line with the Aviation Ministers Cargo Perishable Initiative.
The Director Cargo Development, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr Roland Ofule, disclosed this to the Acting governor of the state during a courtesy call at the governor’s office in Calabar.
Mr Ofule remarked that over the years, local farmers face the challenge of access to markets, reasoning that the initiative will allay their fears and encourage them to be more productive thereby boosting the economy of the state and nation at large and stressed on the need for farmers to be properly educated on this initiative.
The Acting governor of Cross River, Mr. Efiok Cobham appreciative of the choice of Calabar Airport for driving the Federal Governments transformation agenda.
He contended that, this would enable aircraft with bigger tonnage ply the airport without hitch as well as enable the airport function optimally to meet up its new status as a cargo airport.
At some farms, to find out farmers view about the initiative, it came to them as a surprise, after much explanations, it was glaring that they can’t wait to have all their farm produce especially the perishable ones being sold right there in their farms after cultivation.
The Acting Governor of Cross River State, Mr Efiok Cobham has promised to make the state uncomfortable for pipeline bunkers, describing the act as a crime against the nations economy.
This he said shortly after some security personnel led raid on another oil bunkering haven in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital.
Items destroyed are over 500 jerry cans laden with petroleum products and pumping machines were stacked in a big barge, waiting to be evacuated into the state capital before it was intercepted and destroyed in Esuk Otu creek in Calabar Municipality.
According to him, the bid to rid the state and country of illegal bunkery is in line with the directive of the Federal Government and policy of the government of Cross River State to attain zero tolerance to such criminal activities.
Commending the security operatives for living up to their expectations, he promised to ensure that they are provided with the necessary support to further beef up security along the water ways, adding that the operation will serve as a deterrent to others who may see the state as safe haven.
In line with the Aviation Minister’s Cargo Perishable Initiative, the Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar has been designated as one of the nation’s Agro-Perishable cargo airports.
This was disclosed by the Director, Cargo Development, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, Mr. Rowland Ofule during a visit to the Cross River State Governor’s office in Calabar, where he was received by the state Acting Governor, Mr. Efiok Cobham.
Mr. Roland remarked that over the years, local farmers have faced the challenge of access to markets, adding that the initiative will allay their fears and encourage them to be more productive thereby boosting the economy of the state and the nation at large.
He also stressed the need for farmers to be properly educated on this initiative.
On his part, Mr. Cobham expressed his appreciation of the choice of Calabar Airport to drive the Federal Government’s transformation agenda. He also requested the Federal Government to extend the airport runway in line with current realities, saying this would enable aircraft with bigger tonnage ply the airport without hitch, as well enable it function optimally to meet up its new status as a cargo airport.