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Ayade woos investors to Cross River at Africa Investment Forum

Ayade woos investors to Cross River at Africa Investment Forum

Cross River State Governor, Sir Ben Ayade Wednesday turned on the charm offensive in South Africa , wooing investors at the Africa Investment Forum (AIF), to invest in the state.

A statement issued by Ayade’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Christian Ita, said Governor Ayade is at the Summit on the invitation of the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumni Adesina along side the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Dr Kayode Fayemi, his kwara and Abia states counterparts, Dr Abdulrasaq Abdulraman and Dr Okezie Ikpeazu respectfully.
While speaking at the cluster session on the opportunities Investors can find in Cross River State, Governor Ayade said there can never be a better time to invest in the state than now when his administration has established an industrial city with all round infrastructure and tax free regime.
“There are lots of opportunities in my state , Cross River, a state that flows with milk and honey, inhabited by very warm people. It is home to the remaining largest Tropical rainforest in West Africa where natural wildlife still exist.
“It is blessed with huge arable land mass that is good for Agriculture, my state has large deposit of gas as the end-point of the oil rich Niger Delta region with international boundaries with Cameroon, Equitorial Guinea and Sào Tome and Principe on both lands and waterways Corridors.
“What’s is more, Cross River is unarguably the toursim destination of Nigeria with Carnival Calabar as the apex annual event in Nigeria every December.
“As a government, we have invested in the Rice Value Chain, seeds and seedlings, Millings as well as Ultra Modern Cocoa factory just to mention but a few of our Agricultural projects of action.
“Come and Invest in Cross River because our land, though in the Niger Delta Region, is very safe and secured
Governor Ayade would on the second day of the three days event lead participants at an investment cluster meeting to a wider panel discussion with global investors to discuss opportunities in an effort to secure the nod of the Africa Development Bank (AFDB) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) to partner Cross River in its agro-industrial sector.


Linda Ayade’s Support for Growth of Literacy And Literary Art in Nigeria: A Noble Endeavour

Linda Ayade’s Support for Growth of Literacy And Literary Art in Nigeria: A Noble Endeavour

Recently, Dr. Mrs. Linda Ayade, Wife of the Executive Governor of Cross River State, while speaking as Special Guest of Honour at the 6th Lafarge Africa Natuonal Literacy Competition Finale held in Lagos made a case for the growth of Literacy and Literary Art among young people in Nigeria.

The wife of the governor said in her speech “Lafarge must be celebrated for continually sponsoring these values and literacy which remains a key driver of sustainable development while deviating from the disturbing trend where organizations place huge sums on prize money for winners of games and pageantries that are based purely on luck and natural beauty rather than mental prowess as displayed by the kids we have here today.”

Dr. Linda Ayade’s support for growth of Literacy and Literaray Art in Nigeria is not only commendable but can also be described as a noble endeavour especially at a time that the nation is short of such support for the sector at that level.

It can be recalled that the first event the wife of the governor organized when her husband became Governor in 2015 was an essay and quiz competition for Junior Secondary School Students across the entire 18 Local Ggovernment Areas of Cross River State.

The competition had the participation of thousands of excited young people with winners going home with prizes including cash and educational support. Another edition of the competition is expected to be held soon.

In 2018, Dr. Mrs. Ayade unveiled the Linda Ayade Literary Art Competition which was conceived to promote literary capacity among young people in Cross River State and reward creativity and competence in literary works. The competition has two categories; the Poetry category and Prose category.

Her Excellency, the wife of the Governor of Cross River State, Dr. Mrs. Linda Ayade, concerned about the dearth of literary skills among young people in the state and nation, had conceived this laudable initiative and supported it through to its success. Winners went home with thousands of pounds.

Now in its 2nd edition, the competition has gained acceptance in the nation’s literary space and has impacted positively on the Literary capacity of many young people, promising a brighter future in the sector for the state and the nation.

Dr. Mrs Ayade has also made a commitment to continue supporting the growth of Literacy and Literary Art in Cross River State and Nigeria especially as it has to do with young people and has plans to launch other initiatives in line with this.

The “Reading And Short Stories With Linda Ayade” will see pre-teens and teenagers from Cross River State spend a few hours with the Wife of the governor reading selected books and writing short stories. The objective of this is to further improve Literacy among these young people for the benefit of the state.

We are grateful to Her Excellency for her support for the growth of Literacy and Literary Art in Cross River State and Nigeria and celebrate her now and always for these noble endeavours. God bless Her Excellency.

Emmanuel Etim is Senior Special Assistant Creative And Knowledge Economy to the Governor of Cross River State and Organizer of Linda Ayade Literary Art Competition.



In commemoration of the World Pneumonia Day, the Society for Health Enlightenment Initiative (SO-HEALTHI), a non-governmental organisation, yesterday, joined the Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia to fight PNEUMONIA, the number one killer of children under 5 years old.

Speaking at the event, the NGO’s Team Lead, Barr. (Mrs.) RoseMary Archibong, stated that SO-HEALTHI was borne out of passion to contribute to health awareness creation and interventions, while adding a literary component to its activities to encourage creative writing, with this year’s edition held in the Conference Hall of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar.

Mrs. Archibong said SO-HEALTHI has in ten years strengthened advocacy and created awareness about Pneumonia – a treatable and preventable disease, which according to the United Nations, has killed more children from 0-5 years than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined.

According to, “Nigeria has seen the worst of the problem, with 162, 000 child pneumonia deaths in the last year – that’s an astonishing 443 on average, each day. India is India is not far behind at 127, 000, Pakistan at 58, 000, the Democratic Republic of Congo at 40, 000, and 32, 000 deaths in Ethiopia.”

“These five countries alone were responsible for more than half of the lives pneumonia claimed in 2018.”

“The disease can be prevented with immunization, and easily treated with low-cost antibiotics if properly diagnosed, but tens of millions of children are still going unvaccinated.”

“Globally, 32 per cent of children suspected of having pneumonia are not taken to a health facility, and the number rises to 40 per cent in poor and low-income countries.”

The well attended event featured lecture presentations on Pneumonia, it’s causes and prevention by Dr. Genevieve Barnaby of the AyadeCare Home Healthcare and Dr. Effioanwan Archibong, a Registrar at UCTH.

A special goodwill message was given by Associate Professor Atana Ewa, who commended SOHEALTHI for her consistency, noting that she has been with the NGO from her pioneer outing on PNEUMONIA in 2009.

Seven select Secondary Schools, namely Word of Promise High School, Holy Trinity College, Margaret Ekpo Secondary School, Seven Angels University Secondary School, Community Secondary School, Ikot Ewa, Akpabuyo, Aye High School and Government Secondary School, Akim, all in Calabar took part in the 2019 edition of SO-HEALTHI Essay Competition on Pneumonia.

The Essay Competition, with the topic “Pneumonia: Causes and Prevention,” saw little Eyong Praise of Margaret Ekpo Secondary School, clinched the the first prize, while Michael Iyechukwu Austin of Seven Angels University Secondary School and Abigail Eyo Hogan of Government Secondary School, Akim, came second and third respectively.

Consolation prizes also went to Loveth Abit – Word of Promise High School; Paul Liyel Bassey – Holy Trinity College; Princess Nathaniel – Aye High School; and Timothy Solomon Akpan of Community Secondary School, Ikot Ewa.

In a related development, the SO-HEALTHI team earlier paid a courtesy visit on the Chief Medical Director of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), Prof. Ikpeme A. Ikpeme, with the NGO’s Team Lead, Mrs. RoseMary Archibong receiving plaudits for her contributions, notably, during her stint as Director of Administration of UCTH, her efforts towards health awareness creation with SO-HEALTHI and service to humanity.

The UCTH boss also pledged his hospital’s readiness to partner with NGOs and other relevant bodies in ensuring effective healthcare service delivery to the people.

Governor Ihedioha inaugurates Visitation panels to IMSU, IMSUTH, others

Governor Ihedioha inaugurates Visitation panels to IMSU, IMSUTH, others

… Unveils plan to upgrade four general hospitals to specialists hospitals

… Harps on total transformation of state

Imo State Governor, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha CON, has reinstated his administration’s commitment towards transforming the state.

The governor further disclosed that his administration would not lend itself to the “whims and caprices of personal discretion”, noting that the, “greater good of the people of the state, would at all times take priority position”.

This is as he disclosed plans to upgrade the General Hospitals in Orlu, Okigwe, Aboh Mbaise and Awo Omamma Council areas into the status of specialist hospitals in specific areas of medical specialization.

The Governor stated this at the inauguration of the visitation panels to Imo State University, Imo State Teaching Hospital, Imo State Polytechnic and the Board Imo State Hospitals Management, held at Expanded Executive Council Chambers, Government House, Owerri on Wednesday.

He said the constitution of the panels were neither to probe nor witch-hunt anybody but a necessity to enhance the quality of education and health care delivery as well as ensure overall growth and development of the state.

He said, “at the inception of this administration, we were inundated with plethora of complaints on education sector in the state, especially at the tertiary level. And as a responsive government, we felt that we would be abdicating our obligation to the people, if we do not look into these complaints.

“For these reasons, we deemed it necessary to respond to these hues and cries by looking into the operations of these critical institutions.”

He continued, “the setting up of these Institutions’ Visitation Panels is in furtherance of our mission to rebuild our educational institutions. By these, we hope to achieve effective governance institutions as well as strengthen educational services delivery and processes in these tertiary institutions.Today, therefore, we are inaugurating the visitation panels to these Imo State flagship institutions of higher learning to salvage them from sliding down the precipice of total collapse.”

On the choice of non indigenes as members of the Visitation Panels, the governor said, “we had to go outside the state to choose some members. This is with a view to ensuring impartiality in the considerations of the issues that would be brought before them”.

Governor Ihedioha pointed out that the terms of reference of the panels include, “to identify the strength and problems of the institutions and make appropriate recommendations to the visitor; ascertain the operations of various departments and units; look into cases of procurement and complaints bordering on cliqueism and cultism in the institutions; investigate students’ complaints on various issues as well as conduct internal audits on institutions’ finances.”

On the Hospitals Management Board, the governor said, “the health sector was not spared the pervasive rot, hence the need to constitute the board to carry out intended reforms, with a view to ensuring peak performance at the various state owned health institutions”.

“Upon assumption of office, we brought to Imolites a report on the state of affairs in our institutions and agencies. For instance, of the 19 General Hospitals under Imo State network of health services, only 10 were still in operation. Of these 10, only 4 were offering reasonable services. All of them were suffering from lack of modern hospital equipment, moribund processes and demoralized staff.

“Consequently, in the Budget for next year, we have in focus the complete overhaul of all these health institutions. The four General hospitals in Orlu, Okigwe, Aboh Mbaise and Awo Omamma (Oru East LGA), would be upgraded into the status of specialist hospitals in specific areas of specialization.”

He described as “noble and revered personalities”, members of the panels and expressed confidence that they would bring their wealth of experience and expertise to bear on their assignments without fear or favour for the good of the state.

Responding, Chairman off the Hospitals Management Board and former Deputy Governor of Imo State, Dr. Douglas Acholonu, who spoke on behalf of the members of his board, thanked the governor for the confidence reposed in them to serve and promised that they will “discharge their duties with a high sense of responsibility”.

In his response on behalf of the Visitation Panels, Prof. Chinedu Nebo said, “we will not disappoint the people of Imo State on this assignment. We will do our best and as the governor has said, it is neither a probe nor a witch-hunt but for the overall good of the people.

Prof. Nebo, a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria and former Minister for Power and Energy further disclosed that Governor Ihedioha is on the right track towards fixing the various critical institutions of the state

Chibuike Onyeukwu
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

November 13, 2019

Man spotted burning the Bible, says there is no power in it as Christians claim

Man spotted burning the Bible, says there is no power in it as Christians claim

An unidentified man was spotted in a viral video burning the Bible which according to him has no power like Christians claim.


The Ghanaian man who had a conversation with his friends while engaging in the act, was heard saying he is a black man and has nothing to be afraid of.


He emphasized that he respects and fears popular Ghanaian god ‘Antoa’ than the Bible.


APC suspends Adams Oshiomhole following ‘vote of no confidence’ in Edo State

APC suspends Adams Oshiomhole following ‘vote of no confidence’ in Edo State

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State has suspended the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, over his role in the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party.


The decision followed the vote of no confidence passed on Comrade Oshiomhole by the Chairmen of the APC in the 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Edo State.


According to a statement signed by Edo APC Chairman, Anselm Ojezua and Assistant State Secretary, Ikuenobe Anthony, “consequent on the development, the State Executive Committee has adopted the vote of no confidence passed on him and the subsisting suspension order from the organs of the party in the state.”    


They said the decision was necessary to prevent a repeat of what happened in Zamfara State, where the party was unable to field any candidate in elections.

“Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is the one behind the crisis in Edo APC. We have passed a vote of no confidence on him and he stands suspended from the party. We don’t want what happened in Zamfara State or other parts of the country to happen in Edo State.”

Kogi 2019: Armed thugs will be shot on sight – Police IG Mohammed Adamu warns

Kogi 2019: Armed thugs will be shot on sight – Police IG Mohammed Adamu warns

On Tuesday, November 12th, the Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu said security operatives on election duty in Kogi State will not hesitate to gun down any unauthorised person attempting to use firearm in any part of the state during the ongoing electioneering process.


Adamu gave the warning in Lokoja during a stakeholders’ meeting/signing of Peace Accord among political parties and candidates, organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).


The police boss, who spoke after INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, had delivered his address, also warned police men on guard duties with politicians not to allow themselves to be used by politicians to perpetrate illegality on election day.


He warned that any policeman caught roaming the street without proper authorisation would be arrested. Adamu, who said the police was working with other security agencies, also warned that the police would be on the lookout for those who would be out on the election day to either buy or sell votes, warning that vote buying remained a criminal offence.


He, however, assured that the police would be professional and be ready to provide a level playing ground for all parties and participants, adding that the police and other security operatives on election duty would protect all INEC and other election officials, as well as materials for the exercise, against attacks.

Adamu said: “Security agents are ready for this election. We pledge to be professional, we pledge to provide a level playing field to all participating parties. Every polling unit, INEC officials and materials, NYSC members and all that will be playing one role or the other shall be secured.

“If you are armed, please report it to the police and surrender the arm now before it’s too late. If you are intending to use arms, be warned. If you are lucky, you will be arrested when you are sighted attempting to use it. If you are unlucky, you will be taken out before you succeed in using it.”

Sowore continues hunger strike for sixth day to protest continued detention by DSS

Sowore continues hunger strike for sixth day to protest continued detention by DSS

According to SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore has continued his hunger strike in protest of his continued detention by the Department of State Services.


Sowore who has now gone six days without food was arrested on August 3, 2019 for planning a series of protest against bad governance in Nigeria.


His lawyers say he has vowed not to eat until his rights are respected and he is released from detention.

Woman locked up in a dark room for 2 years, freed by the police in Kaduna state

Woman locked up in a dark room for 2 years, freed by the police in Kaduna state

The Kaduna State Police Command has rescued a woman who was locked up in a dark room by her biological brother for two years.


The police and an NGO, Arida Relief Foundation found the lady identified as Hassana Sale in a sad state in the room she was locked up in at Rigasa area of Kaduna by her brother Lawal Sale who never wanted her to go back to her ex-husband who divorced her. He has however been arrested.


Hajiya Rabi Salisu, founder of the NGO said Hassana became depressed after she got divorced but always visited her matrimonial home to see her four children.


“She visits the children on daily basis, so the elder brother and some of her relatives decided to lock her up in a dark room for two years so that she will not go back to her ex-husband.

“We have taken her to the hopital and when she becomes stable, she would be handed over to the state Ministry of Human Service and Social Development to pursue the matter,” she said.

Don’t shrink the democratic space – Atiku warns lawmakers promoting anti-hate speech bill

Don’t shrink the democratic space – Atiku warns lawmakers promoting anti-hate speech bill

The 2019 Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has warned the promoters of anti-hate speech bill to think twice as they might be shrinking the democratic space.


Recall LIB reported that the anti-hate speech bill which proposes death by hanging for those found guilty of such and establishment of a commission for the prohibition of hate speech in the country, passed its first reading on Tuesday November 12.


Atiku who reacted to the development in a statement released by his spokesperson Paul Ibe, stated that the contemplation of such laws is in itself not just hate speech but an abuse of the legislative process that will violate Nigerians’ constitutionally guaranteed right to Freedom of Speech.


“The contemplation of such laws is in itself not just hate speech, but an abuse of the legislative process that will violate Nigerians’ constitutionally guaranteed right to Freedom of Speech,” he said.

“Atiku urges those behind this Bill to awake to the fact that Nigeria’s democracy has survived its longest incarnation, because those who governed this great nation between 1999 and 2015 never toyed with this most fundamental of freedoms.

“It is prudent to build upon the tolerance inherited from those years and not shrink the democratic space to satisfy personal and group interests.”


Atiku pointed out that Nigeria is facing numerous challenges and also urged the lawmakers to channel their energy into finding solutions to make the country better.


“Again, Atiku cautions that we must prioritise our challenges ahead of the whims and caprices of those who do not like to hear the inconvenient truth. Stop this folly and focus on issues that matter to Nigerians,” the statement added.