The Resident Electoral Commissioner, of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Cross River State, Dr. Emmanuel Alex Hart has presented a Certificate of Return to the member-elect Obudu State Constituency, Mrs. Maria Godwin Akwaji.
Mrs. Akwaji is the winner of last Saturday, December 5th bye-election held in the state.
The INEC commissioner advised the member-elect to be responsible and accountable to the Obudu people that elected her and urged other contestants to display the spirit of sportsmanship and support the winner to continue the development of Obudu and its people.
Mrs. Maria Godwin Akwaji is grateful to God for her victory and thanked the state Governor Professor Ben Ayade and the people of Obudu State Constituency.
The Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, on Tuesday said his administration will partner with Dana Group, a consortium of Indian investors, in areas of air transport and pharmaceuticals.
The partnership, according to the governor will lead to the setting up of a state-owned airline, to be known as Cally Air, with Dana Group overseeing it’s management, as well as the Calabar Pharmaceutical Company (CalaPharm).
Governor Ayade disclosed this when he led the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dana Group, Mr. Jackies Hartmani to the site of the Calabar Pharmaceutical Company, currently under construction in Calabar, the state capital.
Governor Ayade said Cross River was creating new platforms, new business opportunities that “will open a fresh horizon for young people to exploit”.
The Governor further expressed optimism that the state will become the hub for the manufacturing of drugs in the whole of the South-South region of the country and Cameroun.
He said the state’s airline will be up and running in two to three months flying Calabar, Obudu, Lagos and Abuja.
As the grading of the 260 km Super Highway in Cross River State nears completion, the Governor is hopeful that the project will create jobs for the unemployed youths across the state.
Governor Benedict Ayade is also optimistic that the highway would open more access routes to rural communities across the state.
The project is being carried out by Liebherr Limited, an earth moving and mining equipment company with branches in Germany and Nigeria.
Leading a three-man team from Germany on an inspection of the various grading sites from Bakassi to Obudu as well as work on the deep sea port, Sales Manager of the company, Rolf Bachmann, said he was particularly impressed with the progress of the grading work, which he said was near 90 per cent completion.
Addressing reporters at one of the Super Highway sites in Ikom Local Government Area of the state, Bechmann disclosed that, with the level of work done at the site, the next target was to arrange special machines to embark on the next phase of the project.
He said, special equipment for bridge and road constructions would be brought in by his firm in two months’ time for the continuation of the job.
In another site, construction work on the ultramodern quality control laboratory for the superhighway and other projects embarked upon by the state government have also commenced.
The facility, when completed, would be used for soil texture as well as testing the viability of asphalt, oil and diesel needed for the superhighway.
Some youths are also hopeful that the project when completed would bring more development to their communities.
Upon completion, the multi-billion Maura project will aggressively open up many rural communities, spring up small businesses as well as create many business opportunities for youths in the state.
The Cross River State Government has signed an agreement with an Israeli company, Broad Spectrum Industries Services (BSIS), offering to finance the execution of some projects in the state.
The Governor Ben Ayade – led administration concluded plans with the Israeli firm of over 30 years of experience in project financing, to embark on the projects which include a state-owned Seaport, a 240km super highway from Calabar to Obudu and the construction of a Cement/Mining Corporation.
The agreement was sealed at the Cross River State Governor’s office in Calabar, the state capital, South-south Nigeria, on Thursday during a visit by a team of investors from the company.
The firm, through its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Michael Le Harve, made a formal request to Governor Ayade, offering to finance the projects themselves with a sum of 500 million Euro.
Mr Le Harve also made a presentation to the State Governor that the document had granted his firm mandate to fund the projects with a minimal financial involvement from the state.
Overwhelmed by the offer which according to the Governor Ayade, was not a loan or a debt to be paid back, he grabbed the offer and gave the approval for commencement of work at the sites.
Governor Ayade then called on the people of Cross River State to give their total support to the firm in ensuring that the best was achieved for the state.
With barely 48 hours to the presidential election, the Buhari presidential campaign co-ordinator in Cross River State, Engineer U.Oko has decamped from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) .
Uko, who decamped with all his supporters, pledged to mobilise support for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan.
He told a crowd of PDP supporters in Bekwarra Local Government Area of the State that his decision to quit the APC for the PDP was informed by President Jonathan’s sterling achievements in office.
On hand to receive him back into the party was the PDP candidate for the House of Representatives elections for Bekwarra, Obudu, Obanliku Federal Constituency, Barrister Legor Idagbo.
Idagbo commended him for the bold step and stated that unlike the broom, the PDPs umbrella was big enough to accommodate everyone.
He noted that Engr Oko was a grass root mobilizer and an astute politician who would contribute a great deal to the continued growth of PDP in the State.
All over the world, differences exist between man and woman only by their sexes, but in the Ubang community in Obudu Local Government Area of Cross River State the dissimilarities have transcended genital organs, as the men have different words for communication from their women counterparts.
Call it the land of impossibilities both in tourism and in all facets of life and you would not be far from the truth. To some, it might be a mystery, to others a fairy tale, because you would not believe or have imagined that a community in Nigeria, which prides itself as the only one in the world have its people speaking two separate languages, the men speak separately from the women.
The beauty of it is that the man and the woman understand each other without inviting an interpreter, but the law is, the man must not be caught speaking the same language of a woman, vice-versa.
With no concrete documentation to how it evolved, some of the residents in the Ubang community, who spoke with Channels Television, appears to be proud of their ancestral heritage which according to them is as old as the community itself and it is second to none in the world.
According to them, this tradition, which they cannot challenge or change, forbids women from speaking the same language used by the male counterparts, is like a law which the people must obey at all costs.
In other words, in a home, the husband must speak a different language from the wife, while a man must find a way to communicate with his daughter and vice versa.
The Village head of the community, Joseph Aleinyang said in spite of the language dissimilarities amongst his kindred’s Ubang since its inception has remained one of the most peaceful in the state, promoting communal living and are also the food basket of the state in terms of cocoa and other agricultural produce, but has remained in abject poverty due to its bad road network to transport its produce for better sales to the outer communities.
There is also a major challenge of employment among its youths, lack of access to portable drinking water as the only source of water supply to the entire community is a stream which requires long distance to access most especially, during the dry season.
There is still more mysteries that lies in the domain of the Ubang community which needs to be harnessed, one of the Ubang Mountains called Okwe Asirikwe, a gigantic rock bearing a supernatural foot print, which no one has been able to unravel the source, no human being living or dead had the size of the foot print, which makes residents believe that it was the foot print of God.
Ethiopia’s Abebe Dinkesa, has emerged the winner of the 8th Obudu Ranch International Mountain Race which was concluded today in Obudu, Cross River state, making this his third victory at the annual race.
The Ethiopian came ahead of others in 1hr 03mins to clinch the top place and a cash prize of $50,000 while Kenyan’s Macdonald Ondara was second in 1 hr 06 mins and his compatriot Chemosin Robert came third in 1hr 07mins.
Dinkesa had in 2008 set a race course record of 41:45 minutes when he won his first title.
He reclaimed the title, in 2010 and today, became the first man to win the men’s title three times since the race’s inaugural edition in 2005.
The distance of the men race, which until last year was 11.25 km, is now 12km.
In the women’s race, it was yet another East Africans dominance as Etenesh Diro Neda of Ethiopia won the first position in 1hr 03mins, winning the $50,000 prize money and Kenyans again that took the second and the third position.
Bisuenei Rita Jeptoo crossed the line in 1hr 02.45mins and in third place was Kipoech Paskalia in 1hr.04mins.
PAST WINNERS OF THE OBUDU MOUNTAIN RACE
Year Men’s winner Time(m:s) Women’s winner Time (m:s)
2005 Ben Dubois (AUS) 48:44 Anna Pichrtová (CZE) 55:46
2006 Francis Kibiwott (KEN) 42:26 Rehima Kedir (ETH) 53:26