Broadcast Stations operating in the Cross River State have been enjoined to dwell more on local content in their daily reportage of news activities in the State in order to carry the citizenry along and attract more patronage.
The Cross River State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs. Rosemary Archibong stated this while receiving in audience the new General Manager of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Canaan City 99.5 FM Calabar, Mr. Sam Bassey and his Management team who paid her a courtesy visit in her office in Calabar.
Mrs. Archibong lauded the Radio Station, which she pointed out, had made a huge mark in uniting the people through its diverse programmes spread across several cultural backgrounds in the State, emphasizing that carrying more of local news would help in endearing the Station more to the people.
The Information and Orientation Commissioner assured the Station of the commitment of the Governor Ben Ayade-led administration in providing a conducive work environment for all media Practitioners operating in the State to carry out their legitimate duties, while urging them to strive to imbibe professional ethics in their day-to-day activities.
She told the General-Manager and his team that the efforts of Governor Ayade to industrialize Cross River State was yielding results, pointing out that the Rice Mill in Ogoja, the Ultra-modern Cocoa Processing Factory in Ikom, the Toothpick Factory in Ekori, the Banana Plantation in Odukpani, the Calabar Pharmaceutical Company, among other projects, were all at advanced stages of completion, while the Cross River Garment Factory and the Rice Seed and Seedlings Multiplication Factory in Calabar had both commenced operations with hundreds of Cross Riverians gainfully employed.
Mrs. Archibong charged the station to give wide publicity to the modest efforts of the present administration and assured them that their requests would be forwarded to Governor Ayade, who she noted, had a listening ear to attend to them in view of their importance.
The new General-Manager of FRCN, Canaan City 99.5 FM, Mr. Sam Bassey said he took the reins of the station over a month ago and found it necessary to familiarize himself with major players in information management in the State.
Mr. Bassey told the Commissioner that Canaan City FM had in the last four years of its existence in the State, developed several programmes aimed at providing a platform to adequately publicize the State, with emphasis on the policies and initiatives of the present administration and pledged to do more during his tenure.
He appealed to Governor Ben Ayade to support the Station in the area of studio equipment, transmitters, vehicles, furniture, fuelling, among other needs, which he maintained, would help keep the station regularly on air for the overall benefits of residents of the State.
Friday Nwagbara, Calabar
Host Community Set To Resolve Chieftaincy Tussles
Otuasega community of Ogbia council area of Bayelsa State has said they were willing to resolve the protracted chieftaincy tussle bedeviling the community before August this year.
The Tide learnt this at the weekend by the community’s interim leader and CDC chairman, Mr Igbuasi Gbanibebi.
Igbuasi who also doubles as the chief security officer of the SPDC’s host community hinted that the community’s leadership has resolved to end all contentious court cases on who becomes the Paramount ruler of the community.
He regretted that the suits instituted by the contenders to the throne, owing to the 2018 disputed chieftaincy election of the community have impeded development.
“We’ve decided as a community to withdraw all the cases concerning our chieftaincy election from court.
Though our tenure as CDC and community leadership would end by August this year, we’re resolve to end all cases and install a paramount ruler before we leave office on or before August”, he said.
“We’re talking to the contenders to the throne, hopefully they’re are cooperating, but should they refused, we would ask all of them to stop drawing us backwards and use the old traditional means or ask the clergy in the community to fast and pray, and then tell us whom God has ordained as our Paramount ruler”, he added.
Igbuasi who also spoke on the prevailing peace in the community in the absent of a substantive monarch commended the joint task force, JTF, Police and the community’s own vigilante service for sustaining the peace in the area.
Diri Solicits S’Korea’s Partnership On Agric, Infrastructure Dev
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has sought the partnership and support of South Korea in areas of agricultural, maritime and infrastructure development of the state.
At a meeting with the South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Kim Young-Chae, in Abuja, Governor Diri said given its maritime similarity with Bayelsa State, the state also needed the South Korean expertise and partnership in developing deep-sea fishing, aquaculture and rice cultivation.
His Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, in a statement, quoted the governor as saying that the state was equally interested in partnership in education, science and technology as well as in oil and gas.
He said his administration pays serious attention to the issue of security as top priority and has conscientiously worked with the security agencies to make Bayelsa and its maritime domain safer than before.
“The purpose of this meeting is to explore areas of economic partnership and seek the expertise of South Korea in developing our state and its economy.
“Bayelsa has huge potential in agriculture and marine resources. We seek foreign investment in aquaculture and deep-sea fishing. Our terrain is good for aquaculture to thrive as well as rice cultivation and production with the large expanse of land already in Peremabiri and Sampou. We are trying to revive the culture of farming in our state. The government is interested in commercial farming as against the culture of subsistence farming that a lot of our people engage in”, he said.
“The South Korean expertise is also required in the production of plastics, in science and technology and the oil and gas sector. Our administration is taking deliberate steps to open up the state. This can be done through massive road construction and development of infrastructure, including how to control the perennial flooding in our state. We seek your partnership and expertise too in this area”, he added.
Governor Diri noted that such partnership would help in empowering youths of the state that would be given training in order to check youth restiveness and militancy.
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa
Anambra Guber Poll: Bayelsa Deputy Gov Predicts Victory For PDP
Ahead of the November 6 Governorship Election in Anambra State, the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would coast home to victory in the south-east state.
Ewhrudjakpo expressed the optimism at the state Party Secretariat in Awka shortly after leading a committee to conduct the election of local government delegates for the forthcoming PDP primaries in Anambra State.
A statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr Doubara Atasi, the Deputy Governor was quoted as, describing the exercise as smooth and successful, noting that 21 delegates were elected in the process.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo, who is the Chairman of the committee, disclosed that additional 21 physically challenged persons representing the 21 local government areas of the state were also chosen by members of the party.
While expressing delight at the show of unity and cooperation among the various stakeholders of the PDP in the state, he maintained that there were strong prospects, that the party has what it takes to win the November 6 election.
According to the Bayelsa Deputy Governor, the PDP delegates were elected in a peaceful, free and fair manner under the supervision of officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
He added that as a law abiding party, the PDP would soon conduct its primaries in accordance with the timeline provided by INEC and give whoever emerges as its flag bearer all the needed support with a view to winning the election.
He thanked the National chairman of the Party, Prince Uche Secondus, the Chairman, PDP Governors’ Forum, Alhaji Waziri Tambuwal and Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa state for giving him and members of the Committee the opportunity to serve the party.
“It has been a very successful programme. As you can see, there is no protest going on. Everywhere is peaceful and calm. So we have successfully completed the exercise, which was witnessed by INEC. Members of our party have freely elected 21 delegates of their choice and also 21 physically challenged persons to represent those who are going to participate in the primaries”, he said.
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