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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.


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.