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Be Law-Abiding, Eze-Ndi-Igbo Tells Ibos

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The Eze Ndi Igbo in Calabar, Cross River State , His Royal Highness, Eze Emmanuel Ezenwenyi, has advised non-indigenes to remain calm and law abiding as the state continues to appeal to the Federal Government to return its ceded 76 oil wells.
It would be recalled that 76 oil wells belonging to Cross Rivers State were ceded to the-sister-state Akwa Ibom State recently, a situation which has attracted a lot of tension between the two states in recent time, each claiming ownership of the oil wells.
Eze Ezeanyi made the call in Calabar when members of the Inter-State Community Relations Organisation, Cross River State chapter, led by its State Co-ordinator, Mazi Uzoma Osuagwu, paid a solidarity visit to the state Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke in his office.
Eze Ndi Igbo regretted the delisting of the state from the oil producing states in the country, adding that this ugly development had affected the economic and social activities in the state.
He called on the Federal Government to amicably settle the issue to avert crisis in the area, but however, advised non-indigenes in the state to ponder over what has befallen the Cross River and pray for God’s intervention.
According to him, “whatever affects the people of this state will surely affect us non­indigenes. Some of us have lived here in the state for over 30 years with our own businesses and houses. If the state is burning, it will surely affect us. If there is development, our businesses will equally grow.”
Eze Ndi Igbo appealed to the state Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, not to relent in his efforts in ensuring that the state returned to its status quo adding that, “the kind of development witnessed within the past one year is very commendable”.
In his speech, the State Co-ordinator, Mazi Uzoma Osuagwu, denounced the recent handover of 76 oil wells to Akwa Ibom state by the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission and the National Boundary Commission, saying the move has continued to generate tension and negative reactions from Cross Riverians an well meaning Nigerians.
He said, “vexed as the action is, we in the inter-state community relations organization, an umbrella body of indigenes of other states of the federation residing and doing business in the state are most concerned about this unfortunate development and wish to place on record our total solidarity to the position of the state.”
Mazi Osuagwu, said “this is why we see this action of the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission without the commitment of the National Boundary Commission as. ill-conceived, unjust, unfortunate and a calculated poly to put a halt to this on-going process of stamping development to the rural areas of the state and particularly make the state most convenient for all our businesses to thrive in a conducive environment.”
He called on the president to use his good office to direct the authorities of the commission to revert this obnoxious restoration of 76 oil wells to Akwa Ibom State to its rightful owner in the interest of equity, justice and fair play.
According to him, “the Niger Delta region already has too many problems that it is grapping with. Deliberately igniting another imbroglio in Cross River State is unacceptable and condemnable.”
He pledged the unalloyed loyalty to the present administration of Governor Liyel Imoke, and its desire to continually place the state first among the comity of states in the federation, and called on all Nigerians especially those residing in the state to remain law abiding and wait for the resolution of the impasse.
In his response, the State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, who was represented by the Commissioner for Information, Hon Edet Okon Asim, commended the organization for supporting the course of the state government.
He assured that government would continue to partner with organization that contributes to the development and growth of Cross River State.

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Bayelsa Has Potential For Greatness – Envoy

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South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Kim Young-Chae, has said Bayelsa State had the potential to be as developed as his country of origin.
Speaking in Government House, Yenagoa, as guest of the state government, Ambassador Young-Chae said his visit was a follow-up to his recent meeting with Governor Douye Diri in Abuja to further explore areas of partnership between the state and the Republic of Korea.
He noted that Bayelsa and South Korea shared a lot of similarities, which he said would make economic co-operation between both parties beneficial.
The envoy, who is on a two-day visit to the state, identified agriculture, construction and manufacturing as some of the areas of co-operation, expressing the readiness of his country to make the partnership a reality.
He commended the progress being made by the Diri administration, saying with the enthusiasm of the governor, Bayelsa can grow like South Korea, which, according to him, was a poor country until it explored and exploited its potential.
Responding, Governor Douye Diri expressed the willingness of the state to forge economic relationship with South Korea as a way of harnessing its potential.
The governor stressed that Bayelsa was peaceful and open for business even as he expressed the optimism that by partnering with one of Asia’s economic giants, Bayelsa can move from poverty to riches.
Describing Bayelsa as an agrarian state, he said the state was interested in partnering with South Korea in agriculture and other areas of economic development.
“Bayelsa is peaceful, safe and open for business. Having listened to you, we are sure that we are on the right track. By partnering with you, Bayelsa can go far. We can move away from poverty to riches like South Korea with this partnership. You have mentioned areas of partnership, especially in agriculture, and we are very ready.
“We also have the Agge deep seaport project. That is one area we like to partner with you. We believe that working with South Korea, we would make progress and deepen our friendship”, he said.

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CRSG Targets 900,000 Children For Immunization

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Cross River State Government has expressed readiness to immunise 900,000 children against polio during the Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week in the state.
The Director General of Cross River Primary Healthcare Agency, Dr Janet Ekpenyong, disclosed this on Thursday in Calabar during the inauguration of the Inactivated Polio Virus 2 (IPV2) at the Bogobiri Hausa settlement area in Calabar.
Ekpenyong said that in addition to the immunisation, the children would also be given Vitamin A and other supplements to boost
their immunity.
According to her, 3,000 women will be given free healthcare, mosquito nets and free drugs during the week.
She said that the essence of the inauguration of the IPV2 was to reach out to mothers and children across the state with the needed health services they deserved.
She noted that during the exercise, malnourished children would also be reached with a view to enhancing their nutritional status.
“The vaccination will be carried out simultaneously in all the health centres across the state. It is important for mothers to bring their children who are under five years for de-worming and those under 14 weeks for polio vaccination,’’ she said.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu, said that for over 10 years, Cross River had not recorded any case of polio.
Edu encouraged pregnant women to always visit healthcare centres for maternal health services, rather than patronising quacks.
In her goodwill message, the wife of the state Governor, Dr Linda Ayade, said that the state government placed priority on the health of women and children.
Ayade noted that the state government had renovated and equipped health centres across the state with a view to meeting the health needs of the people.

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Commissioner Tasks Youths On Economy

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The Cross River State Commissioner for Commerce, Mrs. Rosemary Archibong, has charged youths to key into the industrialization atmosphere created by Governor Ben Ayade -led administration and develop entrepreneurial mindsets geared towards salvaging the nation’s dwindling economy.
Archibong stated this in Calabar in a keynote address at the 2021 exhibition of the Entrepreneurship Development Centre of the University of Calabar.
The Commissioner, who was represented by Assistant Director Commercial, Ministry of Commerce, Mrs Asa Ekpenyong, admonished the youths to channel their energies into the establishment of businesses especially the small and medium Scale enterprises to which the Federal Government has injected several millions of intervention funds aimed at boosting the economy, emphasizing that the answer to accelerated economic growth and job creation lie in our Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and appreciated the fact that entrepreneurship training is inculcated into the curriculum of the University of Calabar.
Also speaking at the event, the Vice Chancellor, University of Calabar, Prof. Florence Banku Obi, enjoined students to be futuristic by using smaller phones, de-emphasize their handbags and clothes to help them generate capital to start small businesses.
In a welcome address, the Director of the Entrepreneurship Development Centre, University of Calabar, Prof. Christy Ikpeme, asserted that the Centre has been re-designed by the present Vice Chancellor to enable non students assess loan from any of the schemes and will not be stranded upon graduation.
The exhibition exercise was attended by many dignitaries among who were
Mrs. Shawa Ashe Ibrahim – President NOWA,
Dr. Nuru Oyekola – Registrar, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria, Prof. Oji Onu Ekumankama – Director EDC, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Abia State.

By: Friday Nwagbara, Calabar

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