Cross River Govt. Approves Recruitment Of 1,000 Teachers

Cross River, Ben AyadeThe Cross River State Government is giving employment opportunities to its unemployed citizens across different sectors of the economy.

The State Governor, Ben Ayade has given approval for the recruitment of 1,000 teachers across the eighteen Local Government Areas of the state by the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

The need to employ more teachers according to the Board Chairman Stephen Odey became necessary following the Ben-Ayade led government’s passion to improve the quality of teaching at the basic education level.

He was speaking in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital, South South Nigeria.

The discoveries according to him ranged from, teachers with fake certificates, ghost workers and the fact that, most teachers employed about 12 years ago had passed on without replacement.


Mr Odey maintained that, the present administration is on a rescue mission in the Educational Sector beginning from the foundation, a process which will begin with the employment of professionals.

According to Mr. Odey, applicants will be subjected to vigorous aptitude test, oral interview and verification of certificates before they can be employed.

Some applicants commended the process which according to them is orderly while others sued for flexibility in one of the employment requirements which has to do with age.

The board is screening applicants with (NCE/B.Ed) from Monday, August 29, to Monday September 12, 2016.

Couple Suspected To Be Child Traffickers Arrested In Cross River

Immigration, child smugglers, trafficking, funke adeuyi, nisCameroonian couple with a two-week-old baby boy suspected to have been stolen have been arrested by officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service in Cross River.

The Cross River State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) cautioned couples or singles planning on smuggling or trafficking babies to have a rethink.

It says monitoring had been stepped up to ensure further arrests.

The State Comptroller of Immigration, Mrs Funke Adeuyi, gave the caution in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital following an arrest of a Cameroonian couple with a two-week-old baby boy suspected to have been stolen.

Briefing reporters at the State Command, the immigration boss said, the suspects were arrested at the Nfum Control Post in Eteng Government Area of the State baba border patrol team.

According to her, the suspects were arrested after the first line of interrogation which proved that, their surnames and that of the baby didn’t match neither did the date and place of birth given by the supposed mother match.

The couple have been handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons for further investigation and prosecution.

Navy Arrests Vessel MFT Baba 11 for Illegal Fishing

Navy, Illegal fishing, fishingThe Nigerian Navy has arrested a fishing trailer, MFT Baba 11 for fishing at the Eastern Naval Command Waters without valid Naval approval for fishing and shipping of fish.

The arrest was made by the NNS Centenary upon patrol at the high sea to check illegalities on the waters which is the mandate of the Navy.

Briefing newsmen at the NNS Victory headquarters in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, the Victory Commander, Commodore Marcus Bobai, disclosed that fishing in some waters without valid permit is an offence and punishable by law.

He added that the fishermen are aware of this law.

According to the commodore, the fishermen on board the vessel Baba 11 were not only caught fishing without renewed authorized particulars to fish, but were also transferring the catches to a wooden boat which is strongly against fishing regulations.

He maintained that the Navy would do all within its reach to sanitize the waters and make it a safe haven for users.

The fishermen and the vessel have been formally handed over to the Federal Department of Fisheries for further investigation and prosecution.

The Zonal Director of the Ministry commended the Navy for the arrest, as the culprits have been taken to Lagos following orders for onward investigation and prosecution.

Police Parade 30 Suspects In Cross River

ekiti drivers-police-oyo-akwa ibomThe Cross River State Command of the Nigeria Police has paraded about 30 persons suspected of different crimes in Calabar, the state capital.  

Parading the suspects at the State CID, the Commissioner of Police (CP), Henry Fadairo, said that the exercise is part of the Command’s efforts towards eradicating criminal activities in the state.

While briefing reporters, the CP claimed the suspects were arrested at different locations of the state for crimes ranging from armed robbery, unlawful possession of fire arms, cultism among others.

He maintained that the Police would continue to fish out all perpetrators of crime in the state and bring them to book, in order to achieve a crime-free Cross River.

Mr Fadairo also called on the public to always assist the Police with useful information.

700 Illegal migrants Repatriated From Gabon

Illegal MigrantsAbout 700 illegal migrants mainly from Nigeria, Mali, Togo, Senegal, Niger Republic, Guinea Conakry and other African countries have been repatriated from Gabon to Nigeria for not having valid traveling documents.

Taking delivery of the deportees at the Inland Waterways Jetty in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital, the state Comptroller of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Funke Adeuyi, disclosed that the deportees arrived the country on December 25 and have been under their custody.

Adeuyi maintained that, following the end, the next line of action is to ensure that the migrants are transported through Nigeria to the nearest land, leading to their countries of origin which has been taken care of.

According to her, their stay through the past days has incurred high cost in their feeding and welfare, with support from just few individuals.

Also speaking, the Consul General of Senegal, Babacar Mbodj, whose nationals have consistently fallen pry of deportation, assured of government’s response in putting an end to such ordeals.

He thanked the Nigerian government for its show of brotherhood to the deportees.

In August, about 500 illegal migrants was repatriated from the same set of countries for the same reason.

Ndoma Egba Decamps From PDP To APC

Victor-Ndoma-EgbaA former Nigeria’s Senate leader, Victor Ndoma Egba, has formally decamped from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Making his intentions known at the secretariat of the ruling party in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, the onetime Senate leader, who was accompanied to the secretariat alongside his supporters from the Central Senatorial District, disclosed that his decision was borne out of an in-depth desire to remain relevant in politics.

According to him, ‘due process supersedes all in politics’, a situation which he said was lacking in the PDP, following the way and manner it held its last general elections, where the outcome of the polls did not reflect the true essence of democracy.

Mr Egba promised to abide by the party’s constitution, bearing in mind his wealth of experience in the nation’s polity.

Receiving the former Senate leader, the party’s National Vice Chairman, South South region, Hilard Eta, said the defection sent a strong signal that APC would be better placed in Cross River State and Nigeria at large.

Cross River State To Have Accounting College In Calabar

cross riverThe Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has received with a cheerful heart, the request by the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) to establish the south-south region of the College of Accounting in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

The Governor, who pledged his administration’s resolve towards the success of the establishment in the state, was reacting to an earlier request by the President of the Association, Anthony Chukwuemeka Nzom, when he led a delegation of its national leadership to the Governor’s Office on a courtesy call at the EXCO Chambers in Calabar.

Laying emphasis on the importance of the institution to the nation at large, Ayade challenged the association to attack corruption and condemn it in its entirety by making sure that accountants are people with ethics, knowledge and integrity.

The President of ANAN said that the Association was established in 1979 and is recognized as the number two professional Accounting body in Africa by the Pan-African Federation of Accountants, which is the continent’s body for professional accountants.

Mr. Nzom told the Governor that the establishment of the institution in the state became imperative, following its serenity and less congestion which is conducive for learning without external distractions.

The body sued for the cooperation of the Ayade-led government towards the successful establishment of the institution, in order to afford its intending students the opportunity to access education within the south-south region.

Naval Chief Receives ‘NNS Centenary’ Warship

naval chief-nnsThe Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, has received one of the newly acquired warships code-named ‘NNS Centenary’ into the Eastern Naval Command, to beef up security in the zone.

Taking delivery of the Warship at the NNS jetty in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital, the Naval Chief, accompanied by other officers of the force, disclosed that the warship was expected to aid the command to combat oil theft, sea piracy and other crimes in the waterways.

Speaking to reporters at the jetty, Mr Ibas maintained that “the bulk of resources that bring development comes from the sea”, thus the need for the newly acquired warship to sanitise the waters and keep it safe for travelers and for business.

He maintained that the ship had the capacity to carry helicopters and other vital instruments with the will to remain on the sea for two weeks.

The Vice Admiral sounded a note of warning to criminals to desist from their activities, as it would no longer be business as usual for them, considering its sophisticated nature.

The Naval Chief later met with officers and ratings of the command on his policy directive.

Mr Ibas has called for more funding to enable the Navy combat criminality on sea.

Group Supports Buhari’s Anti-Corruption Fight

buhariThe Coalition of Civil Society Groups in Nigeria has thrown its weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari in his fight against corruption, urging him to do more in ensuring that “corruption, especially in the judiciary, is rid out of Nigeria”.

The National Chairman of the group, Comrade Iso Bassey Edim, made the call in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, while speaking with reporters on Saturday on the activities of some institutions and the political class in the state, which he alleged were geared towards sabotaging the efforts of the President in the anti-graft war.

On the National and State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal in the state, the group maintained that justice should prevail.

Mr Edim also frowned against delays at the Tribunal.

According to him, the Tribunal had somehow painted a picture of over indulgence to the respondents, allowing the respondents to over delay the calling of the witnesses and unwarranted order which may hinder the course of justice, as contained in the Nigerian Constitution.

The group, made up of 47 civil society and liberty groups, urged President Buhari not to relent in his efforts toward ensuring that sanity was restored to the judiciary, and all matters tabled before the tribunals reflected the intents of the masses.

President Buhari had on Friday called on the Judiciary to step up its anti-corruption drive to compliment his administration’s war against corruption in Nigeria.

Cross River State Govt. Begins Recruitment Into Green Police

Green PoliceAs the countdown begin towards the end of the first 100 days in office by the Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, one of his promises of creating jobs for the teeming unemployed youths in the state is beginning to materialise.

The state government has recently commenced its first face of recruitment into the special task force code-named ‘Green Police’ where over 8,000 applicants submitted applications for the recruitment.

The exercise, when concluded across the three senatorial districts of the state, will according to the State Governor, engage over a thousand youths across the state to be self-reliant.

Ayade was speaking on Monday shortly after the first phase of the recruitment exercise which was held at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar, the Cross River State Capital, with about 4,000 applicants on ground for the screening exercise.

The Governor revealed that the Green Police Project would increase the forest cover of the state, with aggressive and massive planting of trees, and raising of nursery beds.

He further stressed that the purpose of establishing Green Police in the state was to protect the forest, plant trees, protect the coastal land, among other environmental conservation programme in their perspective communities under Forestry Commission.

The first phase of the recruitment exercise covered the seven local council areas of the Southern Senatorial District which attracted 4,000 applicants, while that of the remaining two Senatorial districts of Northern and Central are expected in a few days.

The Green Police, according to Governor Ayade, is charged with the policing and management of the state’s forest, preservation of the forest natural resources, urban afforestation, community-based control of illegal logging, monitoring and information system of the forest among others.

Gov. Ayade Tasks FG, UN On Bakassi People’s Resettlement

bakassiCross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, is appealing to the Federal Government and the United Nations (UN) to intervene in the plights of the people of Bakassi Local Government Area in the state.

Governor Ayade made the call at the Exco Chambers of his office in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, while receiving the Country’s Representative of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Mrs Angele Dikongue Atangana.

It has been three years since Bakassi was ceded to Cameroon and the displaced people are asking for a proper settlement where they can continue with their lives.

The people are said to have been camping at St Mark’s Primary and Secondary School, Akwa Ikot Eyo Edem in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the state for over two years and counting.

Governor Ayade, emotional about their predicament, maintained that their plight is an unsettled issue and no amount of dollars can settle the issue than their resettlement.

He gave them an assurance that the state would partner the UN to bring lasting solutions to the Bakassi sufferings.

The UN representative, Angele Dikongue Atangana, on the other hand, gave an assurance that the Bakassi issue would soon be a thing of the past, as the commission was on the verge of implementing past reports by committees set up to look into their plights.

ECOWAS Members Meet To Deliberate On Proliferation Of Small Arms

ecowasThe Chairpersons of National Commissions on Small Arms of ECOWAS Member States met in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, to deliberate and come up with dynamic approach towards the elimination of the illicit flow of Small Arms among member states.

Declaring the 3-day workshop open, Deputy Governor of Cross River State, Professor Evara Esu, maintained that the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) among ECOWAS States have created a dangerous global situation in terms of rapid development.

According to him, the Nigerian government, through the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons, should be committed to ensuring that it collectively dismantles the template from which the problems of insecurity are drawing support.

He averred that it is more noteworthy for political and diplomatic means to be used to resolve conflict and efforts stepped up for peacekeeping, so as to stop the illicit trade at the root.

The Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the ECOWAS Commission, Salamatu Suleiman, believes Small Arms Proliferation still remains a challenge as demonstrated in the Sahel and in Northern Nigeria through the activities of terrorists and illegal armed groups.

Suleiman sued for the government’s support towards ensuring adequate security at the borders, which according to her, presently allows easy accessibility of dangerous military style weapons to non-state actors.