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Thursday, April 1, 2021

April 01, 2021

Pay Magistrates Their 19 Months Salary Arrears Within 60 Days - Court Orders Ayade









By Anietie Akpan (Guardian)


The Calabar, Cross River State Division of the National Industrial Court (NIC) has ordered Governor Benedict Ayade to pay magistrates 19 months salary arrears within 60 days.





About 30 magistrates, who had not been paid their two years salaries have been protesting against their unpaid salary arrears, arbitrary removal of their names from the payroll, and others, which led to their sack.



However during the crisis, 13 of the 30 affected magistrates resolved to sue the state government and four others to the Industrial Court of Arbitration in Calabar, and on March 29, 2021, they secured judgment in a suit marked: NICN/CA/46/2019.

The claimants, who are serving magistrates in the Cross River State Judiciary, filed the suit on December 5, 2019, to challenge the whimsical and unceremonious removal of their names from the government payroll.

They were later restored into the payroll in October 2020, but without corresponding payment of accrued arrears.



But in his judgment, Justice M. N. Esowe, granted almost all the reliefs sought by the claimants, including payment of their salary arrears from December 2016 to May 2017 and September 2019 to September 2020, amounting to 19 months.

The court further deprecated Governor Ayade’s removal of the names of civil servants and the claimants from the payroll, saying their employment with statutory flavour was not based on the governor’s wishful thinking.

The court also condemned the defendants for making unauthorised deductions from the claimants’ salaries under the guise of purchasing laptops to improve their efficiency.



The court ordered the defendants to refund all deductions earlier made and a perpetual injunction restraining the defendants, their servants, or privies from making further deductions from the claimants’ salaries under the guise of purchasing computers or other deductions without the consent or authorisation of the claimants.

The court, however, declined to award general and exemplary damages as sought by the claimants and 20 per cent post-judgment interest but instead ordered the defendants to comply with the judgment within 60 days.

Co-counsel to the claimants, James Ibor, congratulated his clients and stated that the judgment was a well-deserved victory.



Tuesday, March 30, 2021

March 30, 2021

Ondo: 30 Cows Die Mysteriously


 


 By Abdul Babajide


No fewer than 30 cows have mysteriously died in Akungba-Akoko, Akoko South West Local Government Area of Ondo State.



Though the cause of the death of the cows is still unknown, residents of the community have become apprehensive following the discovery of the dead cows.


It was gathered that the incident happened on Monday night at the Ibaka area of the community where the state-owned Adekunle Ajasin University is located.


A similar incident had occurred in the state in 2019 where 36 cows were killed by lightning in Ijare community, Ifedore Local Government Area of the state.


Also, eight cows were killed by lightning in Ikare-Akoko, headquarters of Akoko North East Local Government.



According to an eyewitness in Akungba, Asiwaju Ojumo, the cows were seen falling without any clue as to what was killing them.


Meanwhile, residents of the community have been advised against buying or eating meat from unknown sources for the tie being.




March 30, 2021

Easter: FG Declare Friday, Monday Public Holidays

Aregbesola

 

To mark this year's Easter Celebration, the Federal Government has declared Friday, 2nd and Monday the 5th of April 2021 as public holidays.


Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Interior, announced this on Tuesday, March 30 in a statement signed by the Director (Press & Public Relations) of the Ministry of Interior, Mohammed Manga.

Aregbesola urged Christians to emulate the attributes of forbearance, forgiveness, kindness, humility, love, peace and patience, which were demonstrated by Jesus Christ.


The Minister also assured that no stone will be left unturned in the war against kidnapping, armed banditry and other crimes.


“Security is everybody’s business, I, therefore, encourage all Nigerians and foreigners resident in Nigeria, to display a high level of patriotism at this critical time in the history of our country, to support the efforts of all security agencies in ensuring peace and security of lives and property of the citizenry,” he said


Monday, March 29, 2021

March 29, 2021

NDLEA Intercepts Man With N2bn Worth Of Drugs At Lagos Airport


 


By Wale Odunsi 


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted illicit drugs worth over N2 billion at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Ikeja, Lagos.


The agency arrested three suspected traffickers in connection with the crime, the spokesman, Femi Babafemi said.


He quoted the Commander, NDLEA MMIA command, Ahmadu Garba as saying that one of the suspects, was arrested on Sunday, March 28.


The Nigerian was apprehended during the outward clearance of passengers on Air Maroc.


A 7.1 kg of Methamphetamine, carefully concealed in food spices and packed in a Swiss polo suitcase, was found in his possession of the suspect.


NDLEA put the street value of the drug bound for Spain at N2 billion.


The statement noted that the closure of borders, occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, was responsible for the surge in the price of drugs.


“For instance, the price of meth in Australia had increased from $200 to $600 per gramme due to supply cut, hence the desperation by the traffickers and barons alike,’’ Garba said.


The Command also intercepted a suspect at Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) export shed of the airport with 800 grammes of Cannabis Sativa.


Operatives also seized 19.950 kg of green leaves suspected to be khat, concealed in foodstuff bound for Dubai, UAE.


In a follow-up operation, a suspect was also arrested in connection with the seized cannabis.





March 29, 2021

Kidnappers Of Cross River NLC Chair Demand N150M

Comrade Ben Ukpebi

 

The kidnappers of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Chairman in Cross River State, Comrade Ben Ukpepi have reportedly contacted the family demanding N150m ransom.


According to DailyPost, a source, who preferred anonymity, said that the kidnappers contacted the family on Wednesday making their position known.

Sadly, the Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Lawrence Achuta, when contacted via phone on Sunday, said the kidnappers had not contacted the Union.


“There is no contact yet, we are still waiting for them, to my knowledge, they have not contacted the NLC”, he said.

Also, the former Chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC) now Secretary of TUC, Comrade Clarkson Otu lamented the non-release of the victim saying, “The emergence of kidnapping is a very worrisome and unfortunate development.


“It does appear that while the security agencies may be gaining some level of success in the city, the suburb like Akpabuyo is ignored Akpabuyo is now a haven for kidnappers, it means the operation Akpakwu has not covered Akpabuyo and kidnappers are there now.

“We thought we were out of it but fear is returning. Kidnapping is a security problem, we intended to go on strike but we have allowed wise counsel to prevail because to push the government under pressure may jeopardise the rescue of our man.

“It will not help, it will create an impression that because the labour leader is abducted, the workers went on strike or down tools, it’s risky and could make the kidnappers say that this is a high profile man and demand more ransom.”




March 29, 2021

280 Cultists Renounce Cultism In Cross River

The ex-cultists


Not fewer than 280 cultists at the weekend in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State, renounced cultism and embraced peace.


The event, which took place at the Primary School in Bunyia, had a huge turnout of Boki sons and daughters in attendance where over 280 cultists dropped their arms and embraced peace.


In the same vein, the Chairman of Boki Local Government Area, Pastor John Ewa, has launched the "NEW BOKI PROJECT" with a view for cultists in the area to drop their arms and embrace peace.

Some of those present were the DPO of Okundi Police Division, the Commander of Army Battalion Afi, the Head of Civil Defence Corps, the Head of Immigration in Boki, representative of the Police Commissioner, as well as members of the Boki Peace and Reconciliation Committee, including Barr A.B Tase, Mr Joe Tate (both former Chairmen of Boki) as well as Barr. Christie Okoi.


Speaking at the occasion, the Chairman, Hon Pastor Ewa, lamented that Boki had been involved in series of civil unrest, hence the need to promote peaceful co-existence among the youths for the radical development of the area.


He maintained that it was only peace that can guarantee the needed development that Boki yearns for.


According to him, since the communual and cult related clashes began, Boki has lost over 50 youths, a situation he said was worrisome.

 

He explained that as a result of the quest to find a lasting solution for peace to return to Boki, he had decided to to embark on what he tagged "THE NEW BOKI PROJECT" so as to create other viable alternatives for the youths in Boki to explore their potentials. 


Pastor Ewa admonished the youths to shun cultism, saying that there was no gain in being a cultist.


He advised the youths of Boki to channel their energies toward avenues that would improve their productive life.


He disclosed that arrangements were on ground to use a facility that would enable the youths who are being rehabilitated to undergo some training and even acquire skills in order to be properly reintegrated to the society.


 The Heads of various Security Agencies who spoke at the event, advised the youths to shun cultism and embrace peace so that Boki can achieve the needed development.


Members of the Boki Peace and Reconciliation Committee also spoke on the need for Boki youths to give peace a chance so that the needed developments would be attracted to Boki land. 


Some members of the youth groups who spoke on behalf of others, promised to turn a new leaf and support the administration of Pastor John Ewa’s efforts towards bringing lasting peace and developments to Boki nation.


Highlights of the event was a pledge by the youths who promised to leave cultism and embrace peace and also support "THE NEW BOKI PROJECT".


 

Sunday, March 28, 2021

March 28, 2021

Alleged Kidnapper Arrested In Calabar

 

The suspect


By Obio Monday

A 24-year-old alleged kidnapper has been arrested by troops from the 13 Brigade of  the Nigerian Army, Calabar, Cross River State.

The troops attached to Operation Akpakwu, a security outfit set up by Governor Ben Ayade, arrested Kingsley Offiong, an indigene of Ibiono LGA of Akwa Ibom State for allegedly kidnapping an 18-year-old Mr. James Ade and demanding ransom from the victim's family.

Parading the suspect before newsmen on Friday, March 27, 2021, before newsmen at headquarters of 13 Brigade Nigerian army, in Calabar, the Commander, 13 Brigade, Brig. Gen.Abdullahi Mohammed said the suspect was arrested at Umo Orok by Afokang, close to the headquarters of the Nigeria Correctional Service in Calabar South.

Major Stanley Ikpeme who spoke on behalf of the Commander, 13 Brigade, stated that the suspect lured his victim via the social media from Ikom Local Government Area of the state to Umoh Orok street by Afokang in Calabar.

Major Ikpeme further said that the suspect and his accomplices, one Emmy Nice and one Aboki who are now at large robbed their victim and called the victim's family to pay a ransom for his release.

Handing over the suspect to the police, Major Ikpeme said:

“In view of the above, I am directed to hand over the the suspect to you for further investigation and possible prosecution.



” You are please requested to furnish this Headquarters with outcome of your investigation to enable us update our crime record”













Saturday, March 27, 2021

March 27, 2021

Woman Paraded Alongside 4 Others For Murder Of Stepson In Akwa Ibom


 

The police in Akwa Ibom State have arrested a woman, Christiana Wilson from Eket local government area, who allegedly conspired with four others to murder her 19-year-old stepson identified as Edidiong Wilson.

The suspects were paraded before newsmen at the Police Headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia, Uyo, on Friday, March 26. 

The Commissioner of Police, Andrew Amiengheme, who paraded the suspects said the principal suspect, Christiana confessed to the crime.

According to Christiana, her stepson failed to return the sum of one hundred thousand naira (N100,000) she gave him to keep for her so she contacted her son-in-law, Saviour Peter who came with other suspects to abduct him. They took him to a bush where they beat him to death and buried the body.

"Investigation revealed that the Principal suspect, one Christiana Ime Wilson ‘f’ on 24/12/2020, conspired with four (4) others, and abducted her step-son, one Edidiong Ime Wilson ‘m’, aged 19yrs to a nearby bush at Ikot Usekong, Eket L.G.A where the victim was beaten to death," the CP stated.

"The suspects buried the deceased in the said bush and later went back to exhume the decomposed body, cut-off the head and buried it separately on 30/12/2020 at about 7:00pm on the grounds that the ghost was disturbing them. They thereafter fled to Ondo State.

"In her confessional statement, the principal suspect, Christiana Ime ‘f’ stated that sometime in the month of September, 2020, she gave the deceased the sum of one hundred thousand naira (N100, 000.00), being part of the proceeds she go after she sold her late husband’s vehicle, to keep for her.

"When she demanded for the money from the deceased, he told her that he saved the money in a micro-finance bank in Eket, and never returned same, this prompted her to contact her son in-law, one Saviour Kufre Peter ‘m’ who came with other suspects to abduct the victim. All the suspects have confessed to the crime, and will be charged to court."




March 27, 2021

8 Members Of RCCG Kidnapped In Kaduna


 


By Ibrahim Hassan Wuyo

A number of RCCG members on their way to Kafanchan in Kaduna State were kidnapped on Friday.


Responding to inquires, Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Kaduna State, Rev (Dr) John Joseph Hayab, confirmed the abduction, adding that eight Christians were taken.


Although the authorities are yet to make a statement, one Eje Kenny Faraday posted on his Facebook wall that “all the passengers in this bus are just kidnapped along Kachia Road KM 63 from Kaduna” (sic).


The Head, Media and Public Relations of the RCCG, Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, confirmed the incidence to journalists.

Contacted on the abduction, Chairman of CAN in Kaduna State, Rev (Dr) John Joseph Hayab, confirmed the abduction, saying the RCCG members were taken away near Doka along the Kachia-Kafanchan Highway on Friday evening.

He said he got the information earlier when an unknown number called him on Friday, adding that he was made to understand that more than eight worshippers were abducted by the gunmen.




Friday, March 26, 2021

March 26, 2021

Lagos-Calabar Railway Project To Commence Before 2021 Ends - Amaechi


 

Nigeria's Minister of Transportation Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi has hinted that work on the proposed Lagos-Calabar railway will commence before the end of the year, 2021.


Mr. Amaechi made this on Friday in Calabar while delivering the 34th Convocation Lecture of the University of Calabar with the topic: “The National Question and the Challenges of Nationhood in Nigeria”.

The minister said that the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration was committed to massive infrastructural development across the country.


“In a few weeks from now, we are going to sign the loan agreement for the commencement of that project and before the end of the year, contractors will move to site.


“The President Buhari administration has embarked on railway construction and rehabilitation from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri, from Ibadan to Kano and from Abuja to Kauran Namoda among others.

“We are also renewing the Lord Lugard railway line that has been out of effective service for decades,” he said.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

March 23, 2021

Many Missing, Properties Worth Millions Destroyed As Cross River/Akwa Ibom Communities Renew Communal War


 

By Patrick Odey, Uyo


Several people were said to be missing on Tuesday morning and houses set ablaze in a renewed boundary hostilities between the people of Ikot Offing in Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State and Oku Iboku, in Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

The two communities have been at each other’s jocular over control of a piece of land for the past 30 years, leading to loss of lives and property at both ends.

“Earlier today, the assailants came loaded in two 75 horsepower speedboats, they engaged in a 25-minute gun battle with the military at the checkpoint.

“The calibre of weapons used by these assailants forced the people to flee for their dear lives, although the military officers were also equipped with machine guns,” a source told The PUNCH.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon, who confirmed the attack, said the Commissioner of Police, Andrew Amiengheme, has mandated the Divisional Police Officer in Itu Division, Celestine Ude, to carry out an assessment of the situation and report back to him.

Macdon, who confirmed that some houses were torched, said until the DPO gives first-hand information, the command would not be able to say what actually transpired.

He said, “We have received a preliminary report about the renewed crisis, no lives reported lost. We are still awaiting a more discreet situational report because the CP, has ordered the DPO of Itu LGA division to proceed and give him first hand information about the crisis.

“For now, the situation there is under control, there is no cause for alarm. It’s only when the DPO comes back that we can get comprehensive report. I hear that some houses were ransacked and some shops were burnt, but we are yet to get more information about what really transpired”.






Wednesday, March 17, 2021

March 17, 2021

Hijab Controversy: Muslims & Christians' Clash Turns Bloody In Kwara


 



Violence broke out between Muslims and Christians in Ilorin on Wednesday after the Kwara state government reopened some schools it had shut down over controversy on hijab.


The state government had ordered the reopening of 10 schools it closed on February 19 over a dispute on the usage of the hijab headgear usually worn by Muslim female students in the state.

The government had set up a committee to find a solution to the discord. It had also announced that the schools should resume with Muslim female students allowed to use hijab.

But the violence, however, ensued after Christian officials of the Baptist School situated in the Surulere area of the capital city were said to have disallowed girls in hijab from gaining access into the school.
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It is understood that this caused a stir among Muslim parents, leading to arguments and a clash where both Christian and Muslim adherents hurled objects at one another.

It was also gathered that the security operatives close to the area immediately called for back up after which the crowd was dispersed with tear gas.

Speaking on the incident, Ajayi Okasannmi Jeffrey, the spokesperson of the state police command, charged citizens to remain calm while the state government works towards fully resolving the controversy.
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“You’re aware there’s been a disagreement about the female Muslim students and the wearing of the Hijab. The government directed that the school should be reopened today,” the PPRO said.

“The Muslims are insisting on entering the school with Hijab; the Christians are saying they’re not going to enter.

“Our primary duty is to ensure that there is peace and that’s exactly what we are doing. We’ve responded by ensuring that there is no breakdown of law and order.






“The commissioner o police have deployed so many police operatives there. So we’re managing it. We advised the citizens to maintain peace and abide by the decision of the government until the matter is fully resolved.”




Monday, March 15, 2021

March 15, 2021

Road Accident Claims 6 Lives Along Calabar - Itu Road, Many Seriously Injured






Report reaching GRASSROOT REPORTERS say no fewer than seven persons have died from a ghastly motor accident involving a fuel tanker and two tricyles popularly called Keke Napep, along Calabar - Itu road in Itu LGA of Akwa Ibom State.



The accident happened along the failed portion of the road at Ntak Inyang area which is currently under repair by the Akwa Ibom State Government after it was cut off by a landslide.


Eyewitnesses said that the tricycles were conveying school children and some passengers before the unfortunate circumstance occurred.

Reports said that the driver and the passengers including school children died after the tank ran over the tricycle, with scores seriously injured.



When contacted, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in the state said the agency was gathering facts about the accident.

The Sector Commander in Akwa Ibom State, Oga Ochi, told newsmen that FRSC officers have been dispatched to the scene after receiving information about the crash.


The FRSC sector commander further said that the accident occurred because the truck was at an excessive speed when it rammed into the tricycles,  adding that investigation into the incident was still ongoing.




March 15, 2021

Ukorebi Esien Elected Cross River State Coordinator Of P4P

Ukorebi Esien


The Publisher of an online newspaper, The Daily News Ng and  erstwhile Research and Documentation Officer of an NGO, Partners for Peace in the Niger Delta (P4P) in Cross River, Mr. Ukorebi Esien was on Friday, March 12, 2021, elected the Coordinator of the P4P Network in the state. 



The election which took place at the state secretariat of the P4P Network, Peace House, Calabar, saw to the emergence of 6 others including Atim Edet as Welfare Officer, Shaabam Abdullahi as

Research & Documentation, Gabriel Ekpenyong as Treasurer, Michael Essien as Financial Secretary, Wisdom Jonah as Assistant Secretary, and Arit Ukpong as Secretary of State.

Esien who beat Cletus Bassey to emerge the Coordinator-elect scored a total of 14 votes to defeat his opponent, Mr. Bassey who scored 6 votes.


Meanwhile, a by-election will subsequently be conducted for the offices of Deputy Coordinator and Public Relations Officer, as candidates in those categories failed to meet the criteria, hence, were disqualified.

 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

March 10, 2021

Covid-19: Vaccination To Begin In Cross River As State Receives 58,840 Doses Of Vaccine


 


Cross River State on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, received 58,840 doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines.


The consignment was received by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu, in company of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Eteng Williams.


Other dignitaries who accompanied the commissioner included the Director General of Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency (CRSPHCDA), Dr Janet Ekpeyong, Dr David Ushie, Bar Takon, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, WHO officials UNICEF Officials and NPHCDA officials as well as Directors from the ministry.


The arrival of the vaccines, the state is set to begin the vaccination of its residents against the pandemic.





March 10, 2021

I Challenge N'Assembly Members To Show What They've Done For The People, Politicians Don't Have Conscience - Ayade

Governor Ben Ayade

 

The Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade says politicians do not have conscience when it comes to fulfilling their mandate to the people who elected them, reports DailyTrust.


Ayade, who has been having a running battle with some federal lawmakers from the state over the control of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) structure in the state, said this at the flag-off of enrolment into the states’ Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF).


He tackled politicians for taking advantage of the people who they run to for votes during elections.


“After donations of Keke, they pay millions to national television to advertise instead of spending the money for the people.


“Let the politician show us what they have done for the people, stop abusing the poverty of the people, when the election comes you look for something to entice the people. When these people have accident, they don’t have health insurance. Politicians have no conscience. I challenge national assembly members to show the report card of what they have done.


“They never come to Calabar until during elections; the citizens are waiting for you to tell us what they have done,” the governor said.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

March 09, 2021

EFCC Arrests 25 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Lagos


 





The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested 25 suspects for their alleged involvement in computer-related fraud.


The suspects are: Ibrahim Olaiwon Olatunji, Kelechi Daniel David, Olutayo Oluwapelumi, Abiola Baruwa Gideon, Adesuyi Toheeb Adeyika, Wano Abdullahi Ahmed, Imoukhuede Idowu Peter, Ige Emmanuel Oluwatobi,  Durodola Peter Tolulope, Makanjuola Olamide Elijah, Emmanuel Edward Enyiema, Oguniran Samuel Boluwatife, Onikosi Olasukunmi Idris and Abdulateef Adegoke Oriyomi.


Others are: Ogbere Sunday Ojulari, Abdulwaliu Aderuju Adeyemi, Emmanuel Ibuchi Ezeh, John Ayokunmi Bagbale, Moses Tarh, Emmanuel Ovie Okpe, Murtala Mohammed Oyinlola, Ayomide Hassan Semiu, Adebayo Michael Adetola, Covenant Chizaram Eze and Emmanuel Chidi Okwor.


They were arrested during an operation by operatives of the EFCC in the early hours of today, March 9, 2021 at a Hotel on Governor Road, Ikotun, Lagos, following a credible intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.


The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

March 09, 2021

Ayade Flags Off Health Insurance Scheme In Cross River, Promises Affordable Universal Healthcare


Cross River state governor, Professor Ben Ayade Ayade Tuesday reiterated his administration's commitment to ensuring that all Cross Riverians enjoy quality and affordable healthcare.


He therefore, charged the Cross River state Health Insurance Agency, CRSHIA, "to cater to the vulnerables particularly in terms of their healthcare because you must be people centred.”


The governor spoke at the U.J Esune stadium, Calabar, venue of the  formal flag off of enrollment into the Cross River state Healthcare Insurance Scheme, christened, "Ayadecare".


He urged the citizenry and corporate organisations to key into the scheme, saying the goal of his administration was to take healthcare to all parts of the state, including the hard to reach areas where drones would be used to distribute drugs.


"As a government, I am conscious of the fact that we have 196 wards. I have a challenge of providing 196 vehicles that will be responsible for the management, movement of men and materials across each ward to ensure that anybody who is sick will have access to the primary health care centre. 


"I therefore call on all public spirited individuals and corporate organisations to please come to the aid of Cross River, to use Cross River as a model where even the poor, those who have zero income have insurance", Ayade said


The Cross River state governor stressed that with enrollment into the health Insurance scheme with just N1000, the people of the state can now acces quality health care.


"This  insurance programmes are geared towards those who have no income. So for you to be zero income earner and still have medical attention that can attract the cost of 5 million or 10 million or above, shows the commitment, the will, and the might of kindness of our administration.



"I call on every single resident in Cross River to enrol into the scheme. Go to our primary health care agency or to our main ministry and register,“ he said.


Director-General of CRSHIA, Sir Godwin Iyala in his remarks commended the governor for his foresight and health friendly policies describing the commencement of the  enrollment as "yet another historic milestone in His Excellency's quest for good health for our people.”


Iyala assured that  CRSHIA's would be embarking on an aggressive enrollment drive to see that all Cross Riverians are captured in the scheme.


Earlier in his speech the Executive Secretary/CEO of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS,  Professor Muhammed Nasir Sambo commended the Cross River state government for keying into the NHIS scheme saying the state could now benefit from the grant available to states that have commenced the enrollment.


"We are pleased to report that the scheme has commenced implementation of this statutory assignment with the disbursement of #6.5billion naira to 15 states and the FCT, which fulfilled the requirements for inclusion. I am happy to note that Cross River State, having successfully met the conditions, is today flagging off the commencement of enrollment, which opens a window of succour and new possibilities for the people of this great state", the NHIS boss said.


Governor Ayade has earlier commissioned a new office for the Cross River Health Insurance Scheme located in State Housing, Calabar


 

Monday, March 8, 2021

March 08, 2021

NDLEA Arrests Suspected Drug Trafficker With 3 Parcels Of Cocaine At MMIA



Operatives of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has arrested Hassan Bishi Taiwo with three parcels of cocaine concealed in a false bottom created in his suitcase.


NDLEA operatives also intercepted narcotics billed for US, China, UAE; recovers cocaine, heroin in monarch’s palace.


This was contained in statement by Femi Babafemi, Director, Media & Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, on Monday.


The statement, preliminary investigations revealed that Hassan who was intercepted at the E-Arrival hall of the MMIA at the weekend upon arrival on board Ethiopian airlines at 1:30pm Friday, has been plying the illicit trade through the middle east routes for sometime.


According to the Commander, MMIA Command of the Agency, Ahmadu Garba, “the suspect came in to Nigeria through Addis-Ababa but he actually travelled to Addis-Ababa from Abuja. Upon a thorough search, we discovered another ticket on him while our findings also show that he has been plying his criminal trade through some Middle East countries.”


In a related development, operatives of the Anambra state Command of the Agency have recovered 58.5 grammes of cocaine and 13.9 grammes of heroine concealed in the palace of a prominent traditional ruler in the state.


“Investigations are on-going to unravel how the illicit drugs were hidden in the palace and the palace security guards are helping in tracing the dealer behind the consignment”, Muhammadu Misbahu Idris, the Anambra state Commander of the NDLEA stated.


In the same vein, narcotic officers attached to a courier company in Lagos have intercepted 500grammes of unaccompanied cocaine going to the United Arab Emirates and concealed inside the walls of packed cartons containing clothes. The operatives also intercepted in another courier firm one kilogramme of cannabis concealed in cream bottles going to UAE while 500grammes of ketamine hidden in artefacts and going to the US was also recovered from the same company in Lagos. Equally, another 480grammes of unaccompanied methamphetamine going to China was recovered from the same courier company.

 

Sunday, March 7, 2021

March 07, 2021

It's Unfair For C'River To Get N2b Monthly, Return Our 76 Oil Wells - Ayade Cries Out To NASS


 

The Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade has requested that the Senate should include the vexing issue of the 76 oil Wells taken from Cross River State to Akwa Ibom State by returning same to the state. 


Ayade who stated this when the Chairman of the Senate Joint Committee on PIB, Host Communities  visitation Group A for Cross River and Akwa Ibom States, Senator Sabo Muhammed Nakudu, his Vice Chairman, Senator Philip T. Aduda and 19 other members of the committee paid him a courtesy call in Calabar recently.


The Governor  lamented that a situation where between N13 billion to N14 Billion is given to sister states monthly with just a paltry sum of N2 Billion to Cross River State is unfair and painful to the government and people of Cross River State. 



Ayade said that oil spillage impacted negatively on the people of Cross River State, especially our people who depend on fishing as a means of earning a living."


He further stated that the nation can only remain one , when there is equity, fairness and justice which is what him as the Governor of the state, seek the Senate and the federal Government to address to ameliorate the pains of the state over the years which has reduced Cross River to the state of  abject poverty.


Also, Ayade explained that the PIB bill started when he was a Senator, representing the northern senatorial district of Cross River State, asserting that the bill is a delicate and controversial subject matter which the contents and details remain a subject for further analytical dissection for caution, to ensure that the bill can address the unique concern of the people of  Cross  River State where oil spillage find their way into the state using the Calabar river as a corridor for discharging oil spillage which becomes disastrous to us, and our people who are dependent on fishing for a source of livelihood who becomes victims of the oil spillage.


The Governor also advised that when making a new law and taxes, the price regulation given to the oil industry should be commensurate to what the state consumes, saying that it is unfair for Cross River to suffer loss from oil wells which is supposed to undergo review after ten years but yet the review has not been done and the federal Government  is doing nothing about that review.


 Ayade equally mentioned Biase and Odukpani local Government areas in the southern senatorial district which have an inland deposit of hydro carbon raw materials as well as deposits of gas at Ogoja Local Government Area in the Northern senatorial district of the state. 


He appealed for speedy passage of the PIB bill reflecting all the concerns raised above for the benefits of Cross Riverians and  urged the national Assembly to draw the attention of the executive to the pains of Cross River state, and for the state to be given a fair opportunity and immediate response to her pains to reverse the financial consequence that Cross River suffers from the ceding of Bakassi and loss of our oil Wells. 


 Governor Ayade frowned at the paltry N2 Billion allocation Cross River State with a population of 4.2 million people and 23 thousand square kilometres of land with a wage bill of civil servants that is far higher than the state allocation, outside the thirty thousand naira monthly payment to over eighteen thousand youths of Cross River state as response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


 Ayade maintained that Governance is meant to focus on the vulnerable people and Cross River state as a vulnerably affected state should be factored into the stabilization account, while also appeaing for a fair treatment to the state and need for the  Federal government to grant the state the discretionary right of approval and opportunity to exploit the hydrocarbon resources in the state  as this will effect the payment of royalty to the host communities and reduce the level of abject poverty In the state.


The Governor concluded by saying that every consultations done during the PIB bill should be  consider and captured including  the humanistic aspect that is most critical beyond the business consideration.