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Foundation Earmarks N100m For Widows, Others’ Upkeep

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A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Henss Charity Foundation, says it has set aside N100 million to improve the living condition of widows, youths and other vulnerable groups in Cross River.
The Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Foundation, Mr Okoho Etim, disclosed this in Calabar over the weekend, at the official commencement of activities of the NGO.
Etim said the earmarked fund would be used to execute various schemes, orphanage support programmes, widows support programmes, and youth support scheme.
He added that the Foundation is planning to build a self-improving skill acquisition centre for the people.
He noted that the group decided to reach out to the motherless babies home at Uwanse as its inaugural event, saying, “subsequently, we are going to put every orphanage in the state under our support programme.
“We have collected data and still gathering more to ensure that both private and government-owned homes are captured.
“Data collated will enable us understand the areas they need support and how we can also be of help to them.
“We already have N100 million to be spread for the programmes; we will be executing in the next 10 years.”
He expressed hope of attracting partners around the world, but added that the Foundation planned to work with the Cross River State Government and well-meaning organisations.
“We want to help the poor, young people and the widows. We want to support anyone who can’t stand on their own so as to empower them to make meaningful contributions to the society.
“Young people, for instance, will have a self improving centre where they can learn skills and get some form of start-up funds to begin whatever we have taught them.
“Our radio station will enlighten and expose our esteemed listeners to a whole new world of possibilities in business, entrepreneurship and so on, by giving them information they need to succeed, as well as break even in any sphere of life,” he said.
The NGO’s Director of Programmes, Ms Mina Obeten, said the group’s operations would be strategic and specific.
She added that the group had done a lot of research, so it was certain about areas intervention would be most needed.
“We are different from the regular foundations, this is purely humanitarian, and we intend to reach every orphanage in Cross River and even beyond.”
“Youths and widows, including every vulnerable person in Cross River is not left out; with time, we will spread our tentacles; we have all that planned out already,” Obeten said.

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Dep Speaker Cautions Supporters Against Hate Speech, Violence

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Deputy Speaker of Cross River State House of Assembly, Mr Joseph Bassey, has called on his supporters to shun all forms of hate speeches and violence as they prepare to get into campaign.
Bassey, who is also the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Akpabuyo/Bakassi/Calabar South Federal Constituency, made the call in an interview with The Tide’s source in Calabar.
He urged his supporters and well-wishers to focus their campaign for his election on issues that affects the people and not on personalities.
The Deputy Speaker, while reiterating his position on peaceful polls, said there was no need for any of his supporters to incite unnecessary comments towards any personality, especially on social media.
He urged them to be mindful of their choice of words, adding that the timetable for his campaign activities would be made public soon.
“As we prepare to get fully into the campaign, we don’t need to abuse anyone or spread hate speech on personalities. Let us get into the campaign with issues that affect the people.
“The election is coming up in a few months, we must sustain the tempo of our advocacy, consultations and peaceful conduct because we are sure of victory during the polls.
“Avoid any language that may heat up the polity, be civil and courageous enough in selling me as a brand to even your opponents,” he said.
He told his supporters that his aspiration to represent them in 2023 was to create a better opportunity to uplift the youths through job creation and empowerment.
He also promised to attract the needed development to the constituency, empower the women and men and also promote their socio-economic status.

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2023: Retiring AIG Warns Officers Against Job Compromise

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Retiring Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police, Zone 16, comprising Bayelsa and Rivers States, Mr. Ayim Abrahim Eyong, has cautioned officers and men of the zone against compromising professional policing in their relationship with politicians in the forthcoming 2023 polls.
He added that instead of working in consonance with the directives of politicians which may not be for the betterment of society, police officers should rather take directives and commands from the force’s authorities.
The retiring AIG gave the charge in his farewell speech in Yenagoa during the celebrations of his 60th birthday, grand child’s birth, and his meritorious sentforth party.
He said if he was given a second chance, he would rather still love to enlist into the Nigeria Police Force, adding that he has no reservations about being a police officer.
“God has always been with me after praying. He has protected and guided me aright. I know He can do it for you too. I advise police officers and men of the various police commands to hold unto God in all that you do as humans and officers.
“I thank the Governors of Rivers and Bayelsa States for their co-operation, immense assistance to the zone. I want to appeal that such hand of fellowship be extended to my successor”, he said.
In her remarks, the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer (ZPPRO), CSP Ikwue Lafiaghe, described the celebrant as a man that is generous to a fault.
“One thing about our boss is that he’s very generous. He can give his last to please people to be happy. He’s generous to a fault, he’s down to earth, he relates with everybody both junior and senior officers and civilians alike”, she said.
Also speaking, the State Chairman of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Chief Oyinkuro Ereboh described the retiring AIG as a trustworthy man, saying that the zonal police boss was an icon in the Nigeria Police force.
The RTEAN Chairman revealed that he has learnt a lot from the retiring AIG, noting also that he would want to emulate the police boss’s legacies on peace and conflict resolution, stressing also that he would prefer the retiring police zonal AIG be succeeded by an officer with indisputable unique qualities, capable of handling challenges like the retiring AIG.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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Coconut Refinery: A’Ibom Recommits To Planting 2m Seedlings

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The Akwa Ibom State Government has restated its commitment to plant two million coconut seedlings to generate raw materials for the St. Gabriel’s Coconut Oil Factory in the State.
The State Governor, Udom Emmanuel made this known at the inaugural planting of 300, 000 coconut seedlings in Mkpu, Itu Mbonuso in Ini Local Government Area of the state.
He said the coconut planting exercise was the hallmark of activities held to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the state.
Emmanuel said the state would become an economic hub with the availability of raw materials to boost production.
“In all the activities to mark the 35th State Anniversary, this is one of the most remarkable. Today, we want to commission the first phase in this Local Government Area.
“Based on the survey that we have carried out, Ini LGA will give us a very high yield with hybrid coconut.
“As announced all over the 31 Local Government Areas, we are planting 300, 000 coconut seedlings across the state.
“Our target is before I handover the baton to the incoming governor, we will plant two million coconut seedlings and before December, we will meet that target,” Emmanuel said.
He urged the community to protect the project, saying that the coconut plantation will generate income to the state.
According to the governor, virgin coconut oil sells higher than crude oil at the international market.
Earlier in her remarks, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Offiong Offor, thanked the Governor for facilitating the project to ensure raw materials for the coconut factory.
Offor said as the state marks coconut day with the planting of seedlings, many job opportunities would be created for the youths and income would be generated through the production of the coconut oil.
Also speaking, the Paramount Ruler of Ini, Edidem Etim Umoette, commended the Governor for the various development projects put in place across the state.
Umoette added that the huge investments in agriculture across the 31 local government areas remains a panacea for food sufficiency.

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