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A top strategic management team member of the Cross River State Government, High Chief Higgins Peters has said the state governor, Sir Ben Ayade is holding talks with global investors at the ongoing Africa Investment Forum with the view to woo them to the state.

High Chief Higgins, who is also the Vice Chairman, Committee on Review of Debts and Completion of Signature Projects in Cross River State and s member of the governor’s delegation, stated this in a chat with journalists on the sidelines of the event.

The three days event, which is organised by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Sandton- Johannesburg, South Africa, started on Monday on Monday, November 11, and will end on Wednesday, November 13 2019.

Gov Ayade is currently participating in the program alongside top dignitaries across political and financial institutions as well as world Business leaders and investors was accompanied by a high powered delegation from the state which include, Barr Chris Agara,
High Chief Higgins Peter and other close allies.

The President of the Africa Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adeshina, organisers of the event, urged participants to take advantage of the opportunities during the period of the stay.

State governors present include, Sir Ben Ayade (Cross River), HE Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia State), HE Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti State), HE Abdul Razaq (Kwara State). Senator Ben Bruce was also in attendance amongst others.

Speaking further, High chief Higins assured that the HE Governor Ben Ayade Cross is hoping to bring home investors from the programme to help in boosting and consolidating on the gains the governor has made so far.

He noted that, Cross River State has already been spotted as a desired investment destination for participating investors from about the 109 countries in attendance.

UNICAL : Akpagu declares ‘operation zero potholes’ commences massive rehabilitation of roads

UNICAL : Akpagu declares ‘operation zero potholes’ commences massive rehabilitation of roads

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Zana Akpagu has declared ‘Operation Zero Pothole’ by embarking on massive rehabilitation and reconstruction of roads on campus.

Akpagu who has carved a niche for himself in terms of massive infrastructural development amongst others in the University has vowed that Unical roads will be as smooth as anything before the end of the month.

The hitherto impassable Ring road by the faculty of Engineering is wearing a new look having been asphalted and made nylon smooth.

Also, the stretches of roads from the Malabor hostel up to the Chapel of Redemption, and from there to the Faculty of Management Sciences is also being asphalted.

Other roads receiving attention at the moment include the Prof. Ayandele Boulevard and the old Medical College roads.

Our interactions with the project supervisor indicates that they are under strict instructions to ensure quality work.

Speaking, the Vice Chancellor said that his administration was committed to improving all aspects of Unical to a world class standard.

He said that the standard of the roads he inherited, some of which have not been maintained since construction no longer suited the rising profile of the University hence the massive rehabilitation.

Akpagu reiterated his commitment to the welfare of staff, Students and the overall objective of making Unical one of the best in Africa and the world.

Timothy Abang, a Student of Engineering described the ongoing rehabilitation as a welcome development adding that the proactivenss of the VC was why many have opined that if it were possible his tenure should be elongated beyond five years.

“We the students and I know some staff share in our sentiments believe that someone like our hardworking VC deserves more than just five years. Recently, a senior friend who graduated six years ago visited Unical and was shocked at the pace of development in such a short period.

“I’m aware that some of the roads since construction have never been maintained. Remember that he started this last semester with the Malabor and Medical school roads. He also opened another road beside centre for general studies to give students like us who live in the hostel easy access to campus. So, everyday, he’s thinking of how to add value to the system and make life better for his Students and staff. This is highly commendable and I thank the VC profusely for that”.

AS APPEAL COURT AFFIRMS PDP’S VICTORY: My mandate as Oyo State Governor Remains Intact—Makinde

AS APPEAL COURT AFFIRMS PDP’S VICTORY: My mandate as Oyo State Governor Remains Intact—Makinde

…says no one can snatch the joy of Oyo State people

…calls for calm

The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has declared that the mandate of the people of Oyo State given to him through the March 9, 2019 election, remains intact following the ruling of the Court of Appeal in Ibadan on Monday.

Governor Makinde, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, declared that the mandate given to him by the people of Oyo State cannot be taken through the backdoor.

The statement read: “There is no ambiguity as to the state of things in our Pacesetter State as far as the election of March 9, 2019, is concerned. Our party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) won the election.

The victory was reaffirmed by a ruling of the Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Ibadan, the state capital.

On Monday, the Court of Appeal, also sitting in Ibadan, delivered its judgement on the appeal by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adebayo Adelabu.

In its ruling, the Appeal Court refused to grant any of the three key reliefs sought by the APC candidate.

The Court refused to nullify the election; it refused to order a fresh election and it also refused to order the retrial of the petition.

With the above being the reality of the outcome of the Appeal Court ruling, the election of Seyi Makinde as the Governor of Oyo State has just been reaffirmed.

There is nothing in the Appeal Court’s ruling that affects the returns made by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and there is nothing that tampers with the mandate freely given to Engineer Seyi Makinde by the people of Oyo State.”

The statement added: “Governor Makinde hereby urges the good people of Oyo State to remain calm and refuse to be provoked by agents of disruption who are seeking to upturn the truth, which remains constant against all odds.

We also wish to enjoin the people of Oyo State to ignore the doctored reports in some media outlets, which are merely quoting the judgement of the Court of Appeal out of context.

“With a clear margin of Makinde’s 515,621 votes to Adelabu’s 357,982 votes, the preference of the people of Oyo State is as clear as day and night.”
While reassuring the people of Oyo State that he cannot be deterred from taking the state to greater heights through the implementation of his four-point service agenda, Governor Makinde insisted that positive governance and unprecedented development will continue to be the portion of the people of Oyo State throughout his tenure.


Taiwo Adisa,

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

November 11, 2019.

Odok’s wife Writes open letter to president Muhammadu Buhari

Odok’s wife Writes open letter to president Muhammadu Buhari

An Open Letter of a wailing Wife to President Muhammadu Buhari over the unlawful incarceration of my Husband Dr Barr Joseph Odok

President Muhammadu Buhari
President and Commander-in-Chief
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Aso-Villa, Abuja

His Excellency Sir,

Tears of Abandonment of my husband and Your Ardent supporter Dr Barr Joseph Odok who is currently unlawfully incarcerated by the CRS Government

His Excellency, I can no longer hide my tears and rely on the strength of the Nigerian Constitution to write to you while in deep anguish over the travails of my husband. Sir, the Constitution bestows you with the responsibility of ensuring the security and lives of Nigerians but my husband’s right has constantly been breached by the CRS Government and it’s agents for daring to criticise his policies as a member of opposition and supporter of your anti corruption drive.

My decision to write you an open letter is because my husband’s earlier letter to you through the office of your Chief of Staff was not attended to and the injustices against my husband have nose-dived to unbearable level.. In my husband’s earlier letter, he was duly introduced to you by the CRS APC Acting Chairman Sir, John Ochala who clearly stated the reasons for his persecutions to be because of his support for your government and our great party APC: an opposition party in a PDP State of CRS.

As a core Buharists, my husband campaigned for you on pages of newspapers, Channels TV, AIT, HiTV, and social media handles as the Director Media and Strategic Communications, Coalition for Buhari/Osinbajo Movement (COBOM). COBOM was proclaimed the fourth largest support group of your campaign by the Presidential Campaign Council 2019. My husband is a member of other strategic groups that are key in supporting your administration including; the Buhari Strategy Group, Buhari/Osinbajo Strategic solidarity group, PMB/VPO Awareness Forum, No Alternative to Buhari, to mention but a few. Despite his uncompromising character as a social change agent and critic, my husband has been a victim of injustice in the glare of your government with such an arrogance that Federal instit butions are so used to wreck a sacrilege on our esteemed Constitution by the CRS government and it’s agents.

Currently my husband is been incarcerated for over 43 days in both the police and Prison custody by the CRS Government over frivolous charges of Terrorism and cybercrime. The most brazen show of politics without ethics is the fact that the complainant over my husband’s incarceration is the Chief of Staff to CRS Government Mr Martin Orim who doubles as a suspect in my husband’s attempted murder and is evading arrest by compromising our weak Federal institutions even after being issued a warrant of arrest by the Nigeria Police.

Painfully, Federal institutions are used to incarcerate a Nigerian, my husband and your ardent supporter. The Federal High Court CRS Jurisdiction that my husband is currently being tried for terrorism and cybercrime was the same court that was used to stall the warrant of arrest issued to agents of the CRS government over attempted murder on my husband. The CRS Police command that compromised, abandoned and released suspects in my husband’s attempted murder; namely Raphael Odu and Patience Odey who were caught at the scene of the crime by the DSS.

The CRS state Police Command that refused to investigate my husband’s patriotic demand and call on the CRS government to stop the killings of his Ogep Osokom community people by a cultist, General Iron, granted amnesty by the CRS government for electoral reasons is the same Federal Institution that is propping up false charges of terrorism and cybercrime because my husband had forwarded complaints against the said cultist close to the CRS government to the police and “Ochibe Boki” our traditional council in Boki LGA, CRS and published same on social media handles.

The embarrassment of the failure of the government to provide security to the people through the use of my husband’s social media handles is what has been adjudged terrorism and cybercrime even when my husband had ran away from CRS to Abuja for political asylum and have not come to CRS since December 2017.

How can someone perpetrate acts of terrorism without a gun or any gang and through his pen is the worst embarrassment the CRS Police Command that investigated and charged my husband for terrorism and cybercrime. This is the worst sacrilege to our democracy.

My husband foiled the attempt by the CRS Government to compromise the case of attempted murder on him by petitioning to the Inspector General of Police for the transfer of suspects to his attempted murder and case file to Force Headquarters Abuja to stall the influence of the CRS government on the matter that was already compromised and abandoned by the CRS police command.

Investigations resumed at Nigerian Police Force Headquarters Abuja and the Director General CRS Homeland Security



The news of his Excellency’s victory at the Appeal Court has spread far and wide, from the hills of Obanliku down to the waters of Bakassi. Indeed good has triumphed in Cross River State, even the trees rejoices.

PDP Students Association through her Chairman Coco-Bassey Esu felicitate with His Excellency on his victory at the Appeal Court. He stated that the victory was not a personal victory but victory for democracy and has further built the faith of Cross Riverians in the judiciary.

The victory of Gov. Ben Ayade at the Appeal Court reflects in totality the choice of the masses. Coco-Bassey Esu reiterated that Gov. Ben Ayade is loved by Cross Riverians and that they are 100% in support of His Excellency’s industrialisation drive in the State.

Coco-Bassey Esu ended by calling on aggrieved parties to sheath their swords and come together to build the Cross River State of our dreams. He remarked that we have no other home apart from Cross River State.

He also called on students, youths and Cross Riverians in general to support our youth friendly Governor who is building utopia in Cross River State.


Dignitaries storm Yala for Eba as wedding Turns Carnival.

Dignitaries storm Yala for Eba as wedding Turns Carnival.

The ancient city of Okuku in Yala Local government Area was thrown into a frenzy of excitement a few days ago as the nobility and royalty of high society descended on the domain of Hon.Barrister Alphonsus Ogar Eba, for his wedding.

The city had taken on a face-lift in anticipation of the mother of all weddings and Okuku became a sight to behold to a first-time visitor.

The hotels weren’t left out in the fun as they seized the opportunity to raise their prices but still did brisk business.

The wedding Between Barrister Alphonsus Ogar Eba and his lovely wife Ogar Cecilia brought together who is who in the state political scene.

Leading the list of who is who Governor Benedict Ayade was digitally represented by the Deputy Governor Professor Ivara.

Other dignitaries in attendance include the Cross River State Chief Of staff,Chief Martins Orim,Hon.Jarigbe Agom,Hon.Regina Anyogo, Hon.Eteng Williams,Engineer Eraye,Hon.Cynthia Nkasi,Chief Mrs.Angela Ogeyi Odey,Hon Peter Odinga, Hon.Mathew Ojugbo,Dr.Asibong,Barrister DORNCKLAIMZ Enamhe,
Hon.Stella Odey,Dr.Stephen Odey ,Hon.Eddie Achi,Chief Paul Santus, Barrister.Patience Obim,Hon.Mike Usibe,Dr.Julius Okpotu, Engineer Casmos Ekawu,Hon.Rita Agbor Ayim.

Traditional leaders across the state were led by his HRH Ogamode Onah Ipuole, religious leaders and people’s democratic party faithfuls across the state were among the dignitaries that witnessed the wedding Eba held at St.Joseph Catholic Church, Okuku.

Indeed, well before the Saturday, November 9th wedding kicked off, the place had already been overtaken by dignitaries.

They zoomed in,-driven in expensive state-of-the-art models that would burn a hole in a billionaire’s pockets.

Proceedings commenced at St.Joseph Catholic Church,Okuku where the Catholic priest ,Rev.Father Mathias Ojorgu, solemnized the marriage while prayers were offered.

The bride and groom being descended from no mean status, the quality of dignitaries was particularly high, over five thousand people friends and relatives took over the reception venue all in celebration of an Icon and his beautiful wife.

A lot of present and past PDP leaders were also out in force to support one of their own Hon.barrister Alphonsus Ogar Eba.

I’ll make Cross River a window to Africa – Ayade

I’ll make Cross River a window to Africa – Ayade

As part of his vision to make the state a window to Africa, Cross River State governor, Sir Ben Ayade, is ramping up activities through the establishment of additional tourism facilities in the state.

Ayade said his vision for the state is not only to make it Nigeria tourism capital but a window to the entire African continent.
The governor stated this, Monday, at the Executive Chamber, Governor’s office, Calabar, during the presentation of the Calas Vegas Master Plan by a South African company, Afri-Gon.
The Governor, who regretted that although the state was known globally for tourism, but with less activities and facilities for the sector to thrive, assured that his administration is building the Calas Vegas in Calabar as well as the Busafot Resort in Obanliku Local Government Area of the state to boost tourism.
According to him, “Today marks the full kickoff of the journey towards the actualization of the Calas Vegas city. Cross River State is the tourism capital of Nigeria but lacks the facilities to keep tourists busy.
“Today, we are rehabilitating and bringing Obudu Ranch Resort to life again. To also complement the Calas Vegas city we are building in Calabar, we are developing another resort in Obanliku. This project is also the reason why I’m building the Obudu Cargo Airport.”
Justifying the establishment of the airport, Ayade said: “When tourists visit Calas Vegas in Calabar, they will also know they can fly to Obudu to visit the Busofat resort and from there to the Ranch. With this, they will be activities to sustain tourism across the state and I have no doubt that when completed, the state will have enough traffic.”
While extolling Cross River as the most secure, most beautiful and one of the most civilized states in Nigeria, the governor added that “as a very civilized people who have dignity even in poverty, we must work to make the state a window to Africa.”
Earlier, while presenting the Calas Vegas master plan, the Chief Executive Officer of Afri-Gon, Eran Goven promised that the resort, when completed would be the best in Africa and one of the best in the world.
He said that “We have been in communication with the governor to create a city with a world class resorts that will ofder something that has never been seen before and will drive tourists back into Nigeria.
“We have designed the project to have a world class golf components where international golf championship can be hosted, the resort will have the biggest swimming pool in the world, standard hotels, bungalow and floating bungalows, billionaire boulevard among other attractive features.”
He assured that they would continue to learn from the governor who has the vision to ensure that “every detail of the project was completed.

Ayade rescues Unical student bed-ridden for 3 years

Ayade rescues Unical student bed-ridden for 3 years

Cross River State Governor, Sir Ben Ayade has donated the sum of NGN1000000 for the treatment of Ayamba Mbeh, a University of Calabar student who has been bedridden for over three years.

Confidence Abang who confirmed this in a statement issued on behalf of the National Association of Nigeria Students’, NANs lauded the Governor for the gesture.

While praising Governor Ayade for the donation, Abang said that such gesture has never happened in the history of the state.

“With unalloyed and unreserved reverence to His Excellency, the Governor and the Supreme Political Leader Cum Pathfinder of Cross River State, a seasoned industrialist and a Humanitarian par Excellent, Sen. Ben Ayade, the National Association of Nigeria Students(NANS) received the sum of 1 million Naira for the health of our sick comrade Ayamba Mbeh, who has been bed ridden for over 3 years. This kind of intervention has never been in the history of the Association in the state. We thank him immensely for the ebullient support.

“Your Excellency, for an intervention of this magnitude, we don’t intend to be silent, we intend to make the echoes go round , let the comrade community in the state and beyond know your good deed in ensuring our friend and brother walks again.

Our profound gratitude goes to the solution architect of our time, the man whose ingenuity, tact and wisdom helped navigated this process to this feat and succes”, the statement reads.


Ehime Mbano leading in infrastructure, agriculture – Nwaluka

Ehime Mbano leading in infrastructure, agriculture – Nwaluka

By Lancelot Obiaku

Engr. Benedict Nwaluka, the Interim Management Committee (IMC) Chairman of Ehime Mbano local government area of Imo State, believes that the LGA is setting the pace in infrastructural development and agriculture.

Speaking to a delegation of the Imo PDP New Media Directorate in his office at the council headquarter in Umuezeala, recently, Nwaluka averred that his administration had embarked on speedy construction of the state government’s signature projects such as LGA secretariat and mini-stadium.

He revealed that his administration was set to commence the construction of several rural roads, as it will soon take delivery of a bulldozer, payloader, roller, grader and other equipments purchased by the committee for road construction in the LGA.

He said that since its inception in June 2019, his administration had revitalized and equipped health centres in the LGA for efficient healthcare delivery, and completed water projects.

The Chairman who said that he inherited a bushy council headquarter, stated that the committee has brought it back to life.

Nwaluka opined that his administration has recorded 100 percent compliance with the state government’s agricultural policies.

He enlisted some of his achievements in the agricultural sector to include the establishment of a poultry, fishery, pineapple orchard; plantain, banana, coconut, palm plantations.

The council boss revealed that over 2000 plantain suckers, 3000 pineapple suckers, and 1000 palm seedlings had been planted in the last two months.

He also stated that his administration had imported a number of hybrid coconuts to be planted.

The Chairman who expressed optimism that his administration’s agricultural initiative will increase the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the LGA, said it would also provide jobs for the teeming youth population in the council area.

Nwaluka said: “We are doing everything within our capacity to comply with the laudable agro-initiative of the rebuild Imo government led by our dear governor, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha. The idea is to boost our productivity, increase our IGR and create jobs for our youths”.

When quizzed, Sydney Christian, the consultant in charge of the LGA’s poultry farm, said he expects to stock over 3000 pullets by January 2020.


C’River State Government Shines at Humañitarian Law Course on Refugees in Italy

C’River State Government Shines at Humañitarian Law Course on Refugees in Italy

Cross River State Government has been recognized globally for its effort in handling and managing the influx of refugees from Cameroon and other countries with adequate care and protection.

The International Institute of Humanitarian in collaboration with Swiss State Secretary for Migration and the United States Department of Population, Refugees and Migration lauded the efforts of the state government for their love, care and shelter for distressed refugees at the just concluded humanitarian law course in San Remo, Italy.

Out of more than 400 applications that were received from all over the world, 42 participants were selected from very tight selection process.

Remarkably, only Cross River State was selected to represent Nigeria in the humanitarian law course on refugees in San Remo, Italy, which demonstrate the enormous impact and diligent services been discharged by SEMA under the leadership of Ayade.

Gov. Ben Ayade of the state, who was represented by the Director General of SEMA, Mr Princewill Ayim, said the conference was designed to build capacity in the area of managing refugees and humanitarian services.


He said that the objective of the conference was to promote, protect and harmonise various practical applications and implementation at national and international levels.

The institute work in close collaboration with UNESCO, NATO, OIF, EU, ICRC, UNHCR, ECOSOC And the council of europe.

The institute has earned an international reputation as a center of excellence in the field of training, researchh and dissemination of all aspects of international humanitarian law.

I must commend Sir Ayade’s initiative in building the mental capacity of his aides, within and outside the country.

This initiative will enhance their services and give them the opportunity to compete favourably with their peers internationally.