Ita-Giwa Goes On Knees, Begs Youths To Stop Destroying Properties In Calabar



Former Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa went on her knees to beg youths to stop the incessant looting of properties in Calabar.

She made the appeal on Saturday in Calabar, admitting that the leaders have failed the youths.

According to the ex-lawmaker, the vandalization and havoc has affected not only the rich but the poor and middle class in the society as both little businesses and jobs have been affected.

“Please my children, we are not oblivious of the fact that we have failed and wrong you, your country Nigeria has failed you, the elders have failed you but please stop the violence,” she said.

Earlier, the state governor, Professor Ben Ayade imposed a 24-hour curfew to curtail the recent violence that has hit some parts of the state.

According to a statement issued on Friday by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Christian Ita, the curfew takes immediate effect.

The development, he noted, followed the hijacking of the peaceful protest against police brutality in the state by hoodlums.

While advising residents of the state to observe the curfew, Ita warned that security agents have been mandated to arrest anybody who flouts it.

2020 World Refugee Day: Ita-Giwa Urges UN To Implement Green Tree Agreement On Bakassi



Former Presidential Adviser on National Assembly matters, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa says only the full implementation of the Green Tree Agreement by the United Nations (UN) can guarantee speedy resettlement of the people of Bakassi in Cross River State,South South Nigeria.

The Agreement was signed between Nigeria and Cameroon in the presence of the United Nations in 2006 before the withdrawal of the Nigeria Military and it’s citizens from their ancestral root.

In a statement personally signed by the Bakassi Political leader in Calabar, to mark the 2020 World Refugee day, Ita-giwa said non implementation of the Green Tree Agreement has made the neglected displaced people of Bakassi suffer especially in the ruthless claws of the Cameroonian officials.

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Ita-Giwa,said the Bakassi indigenes who were forcefully pulled out of their ancestral homes 12 years ago, still pace the streets with bleeding heels amidst hopelessness.

She explained that the huge financial burden the Returnees are causing the Cross River state government needs Federal Government and International Community’s intervention.

“As a people we have suffered enough to the extent that some of us are forced to return to peninsula in-spite of the ruthlessness of Cameroonian officials rather than be exposed to the indignity of extended habitation of squalid camps.

“Bakassi indigenes are clearly the most neglected set of displaced persons in Nigeria given the number of years they have been left to wallow inside squalid camps.

“Since Nigeria formally pulled out of the Bakassi peninsula which was our ancestral home on August 14, 2008, most of us have had to endure untold hardship in so called displaced persons camps.

“While we sincerely appreciate the efforts of the Cross River state government, we are not unmindful of the financial constraints affecting the government. We hereby demand that the Federal government take up it’s share of responsibility in resettling us properly.

“In the same token, we are calling on the United Nations and the guarantors to the Green Tree Agreement to do the needful as it concerns us.

“During the 2006 Green Tree Agreement that preceded the withdrawal from our homeland, assurances of our speedy rehabilitation and recovery were given.

“It is our hope and prayer that by the time the world observes another World Refugee Day, we would be in a position to announce a marked improvement in the fortunes of long-suffering Bakassi indigenes”.

Ita-Giwa Opens Restaurant In Calabar, Promotes Cholesterol Free Food

ita-giwa-the-fusion-restaurantA restaurant, the Fusion, set up by prominent Bakassi leader, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, has opened in Calabar, the capital of Cross River State.

At the opening of the restaurant, the Governor of Cross River State, Professor Ben Ayade, reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to supporting indigenes who decide to establish investments in the state.

He said: “Senator Florence Ita-Giwa is a dream and pride of Cross River State.

“She is one of those great assets of the state, and we laud you for having the courage to come here and invest in the state. As part of efforts to encourage you, all the bills at the opening of this restaurant will be paid by the state government.

“As a person, as Ben Ayade, I am donating the sum of five million Naira. This is to show Cross Riverians that if they indeed come to invest in Cross River, the government would be there to support them”.

Whoever Wants To Eat

Speaking at the Opening, Senator Ita-Giwa said the Fusion was going to serve meals that would take into consideration the wellbeing of whoever wants to eat.

According to her, the restaurant is aimed at uniting all members of the society, hence the name, The Fusion.

“This place is going to unite young and old, forward looking children, hardworking people and so on.

“We are going to have food that will take your well-being into consideration. You will eat and have energy and look like I do at 70, still very energetic. I don’t have joint pain, no knee pain.

“I am the only 70-year old that does the 12 km Carnival walk. So if you eat the Fusion food, you will be like Ita-Giwa. Everything here is measured. Like the salt here is sodium-free. The oil here is cholesterol free. What I am serving here is what I eat and I like my life,” Ita-Giwa said.

Among many dignitaries that graced the event were former Cross River State governor, Donald Duke; former Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso; and Kogi State Senator, Dino Melaye among others.

Ita-Giwa Meets With Cross-River Rural Women Ahead Of Polls

ita-giwaThe political leader of the Bakassi people of Cross-River State, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, has met with market women in Calabar, the state capital ahead of Saturday’s governorship elections.

The purpose of the meeting was to redirect their minds on the need to turn out massively on Saturday, April 11 to vote for the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Addressing the rural women, who are majorly farmers and market women, in Calabar, the Senator maintained that, although the PDP lost out at the presidential elections, this should not deter them from participating in the second round of the elections considering its importance to the grassroots.

According to Senator Ita-Giwa, a proper democracy requires a healthy opposition.

The Senator called on members of the PDP to take a cue from how well the All Progressives Congress (APC) played their role as the opposition party in the past years and replicate same for the period of years APC would rule.

As a long standing member of the PDP in the state, Senator Ita-Giwa used the occasion to sue for peace among aggrieved members who had defected from the PDP to other parties in the state to come together and speak with one voice come Saturday.

17 People Missing, Many Displaced In Cross River Refugee Camp

Senator Florence Ita Giwa yesterday confirmed 17 people missing and many displaced at the St Mark Primary School, Eyo Edem in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State where refugees are camped.

Senator Giwa who visited the refugee camp said the people were those attacked by the Cameroonian Gendarmes in Efut Obot Ikot village.

According to her, the people, last month, had to escape, spending several nights in the forest and eventually crossing the Akwa ye Efe River to Akpabuyo where they are presently camped.

She said: “As I speak to you, I cannot believe what the gendarmes did to our people. So many women cannot find their husbands while many children cannot find their mothers. So far, we have counted 17 people who are still missing.”

She further blamed the international community of “keeping quiet” despite Cameroon’s refusal to abide by “The Green Tree Agreement”.

According to her, “our Cameroonian brothers have not respected that agreement and are daily attacking and killing our people and the international community is keeping quiet.”