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Saturday, October 16, 2021

October 16, 2021

FULL LIST: APC Elects New Excos In Cross River

Cross River APC elects new State Executive Committee

State Chairman - Barr. Alphonsus Eba

State Deputy Chairman - Eka Williams

State Secretary - Barr. Bassey Offiong Mensah

State Assist. Secretary - Hon. Joseph Ogar

State Legal Adviser - Barr Awah Pius

State Assist. Legal Adviser - Barr. Umoh Etim Effiong

State Treasurer - Godwin Inyang John

State Assist. Treasurer - Dr. Mathew Egong

State Organizing Secretary - Engr. Thomas Aruku

State Assist. Organizing Secretary - Dr Owoh Erim Agbor

State Publicity Secretary - Erasmus Ekpang

State Assist Publicity Secretary - Hon. Emmanuel Edem Inyang

State Financial Secretary - Effiom Bassey Effiong

State Assist. Financial Secretary - Mr Erong Igwe

Stats Women Leader - Dr. Pauline Akor

State Assist Women Leader - Mrs Maria Asumpta Offiong

Zonal Vice Chairman North - Emmanuel Ateb

Zonal Vice Chairman Central - Hon. Abubakar Ibiang

Zonal Vice Chairman South - Mrs Tity Ndofon

State Youth Leader - Emmanuel O. Bassey

State Assist Youth Leader - Elemi Cyril Emmanuel

Senatorial Youth Leader North - Dr. Joseph Idagu Ogar

Senatorial Youth Leader Central - Hon. Samuel Ankwo

Senatorial Youth Leader South - Mr. Cyril Ene

Senatorial Women Leader North - Mrs Inakefe Janet

Senatorial Women Leader Central - Mrs Love Eroma Agbor

Senatorial Women Leader South - Dr. Helen Isamoh Egodo

State Auditor - Mr Charles Iru Iyam

State Assist Auditor - Offum Festus Agbor

State Welfare Secretary - Hon. Okora Ekawu

State Assist Welfare Secretary - Eld. Akiba Ayi Okpok

State Special Leader - Chief Edet Ita Asia

Ex Officio 1 - Mr Joseph Ibia

Ex Officio 2 - David Alui Along

Ex Officio 3 - Lukpata Benedict Ikade

Ex Officio 4 - Chief Enebong Umana

Friday, October 15, 2021

October 15, 2021

Eid Ul Mawlid: FG Declares Tuesday, October 19 Public Holiday





The Federal Government has declared Tuesday  October 19th, 2021  as Public Holiday to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Mawlid Celebration in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).

Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made this declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulates all Muslim faithful both at home and in the Diaspora for witnessing this year’s occasion.

He admonishes all Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of love, patience and perseverance which are the virtues of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), adding that doing so would guarantee peace and security in the country.

Ogbeni Aregbesola enjoined Nigerians, particularly Muslims, to refrain from violence, lawlessness and other acts of criminality. As the indisputable leader of our race, we must show responsible leadership in Africa.

While calling for a stop to all divisive tendencies across the country, the Minister urges all Nigerians and the youth in particular, to embrace the virtues of hard work and peaceful disposition to fellow humans, irrespective of faith, ideology, social class and ethnicity and cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari’s led-Administration in its effort to build a progressive and enviable nation that all citizens would be proud of.


Dr. Shuaib Belgore

Permanent Secretary


15th October, 2021

Friday, October 8, 2021

October 08, 2021

Fresh Trouble For Governor Ayade, Deputy As PDP Ask Court To Sack Them From Office

Governor Ayade & Deputy


By Aina Ojonugwa 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Federal High Court, Abuja,  to sack Senator Ben Ayade and Prof. Ivara Ejemot Esu as  Governor  and deputy governor of Cross River State respectively.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), APC and the deputy governor, Prof. Ivara Ejemot Esu were joined as defendants.

The party said the Court action followed the defection of  Ayade and Prof.  Esu to the All Progressives Congress (APC) which did not win the March 9, 2019 Governorship election in Cross River State.

Ayade was elected under the PDP in 2015 and 2019, but defected to the APC on May 20, 2021 along with his deputy, Prof. Esuas

Filing an application at the Federal High Court, Abuja, the  PDP said the mandate given by the Cross River’s electorate in the 2019 governorship election was to the PDP.

It claimed that Ayade, who was the Party’s candidate in the election, cannot transfer the mandate to the APC or any other political party.

The PDP, therefore in the suit filed by five Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) led by Emmanuel C. Ukala (SAN), is asking among  others, “a judicial declaration giving the PDP an opportunity to nominate a replacement to the seat of the Governor and the deputy Governor in Cross River State.

“A declaration that in view of the provisions of section 221 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic, 1999 (as amended) and the democratic system of governance operated in Nigeria, votes at the election and elections are won by political parties and not their candidate or the candidates sponsored at the election by the political parties.”

The PDP is also seeking an order directing the1st defendant (INEC) “to immediately receive from the plaintiff (PDP), the name of its candidates to replace the 3rd and 4th defendants (Ayade and Esu) for the purpose of utilizing the lawful votes cast in favour of the plaintiff or in the alternative directing the 1st defendant to hold a gubernatorial election for Cross River State in accordance with Section 177 of the Constitution (excluding the 3rd and 4th defendants who are disqualified from participating in the election by virtue of Section 192 (1) (b) of the Constitution) arising from abandonment of the majority lawful votes and the offices occasioned by the action of the 3rd and 4th defendants by reason of their becoming members of the 2nd defendant who did not win majority of the lawful votes cast at the election.

“An order directing the 1st defendant to immediately declare the persons nominated or to be nominated to it by the plaintiff as Governor and Deputy Governor of Cross River State…an injunction restraining the 1st defendant, its agents, privies, servants and assigns or any person howsoever from recognizing and or continuing to recognize the 3rd and 4th defendants as Governor and Deputy Governor respectively of Cross River State or granting to them any right, benefit or recognition in relation thereto.”

In addition, the Party is also seeking an order of perpetual injunction “restraining the 1st defendant, its agents, privies, servants and assigns or any person howsoever from recognizing and or continuing to recognize the 2nd defendant (APC) as the political party whose members occupy the offices of Governor and Deputy Governor respectively of Cross River State on the strength of the 9th March 2019 election won by the plaintiff. Perpetual injunction restraining the 3rd and 4th defendants forthwith from putting themselves out or parading themselves as Governor and Deputy Governor respectively of Cross River State.

“An order of perpetual injunction restraining forthwith the 2nd defendant, its agents, privies, servants and assigns or any person whatsoever from putting themselves out or parading themselves as the political party whose members occupy the offices of Governor and Deputy Governor respectively of Cross River State.”

Christian Ita, Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to Governor Ayade, said, “given the relevant provisions of the Constitution,  the PDP  are just jokers and jesters who are embarking on mere academic exercise for cheap headlines in the media.” He declined further comment.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

September 08, 2021

Federal Executive Council Approves National Policy On 5G Deployment In Nigeria



The Federal Executive Council has approved the National Policy on Fifth Generation (5G) Networks for Nigeria’s Digital Economy. The 5G Policy was approved at the Council meeting today, Wednesday, 8th September 2021, following the presentation by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami). The implementation of the National Policy is with immediate effect.

The National Policy has been developed over a period of 2 years, due to the need for extensive stakeholder engagement and the need to ensure adequate public awareness and sensitization. The stakeholder engagement was thorough and multi-sectoral in nature. It also took into account the report of the 3-month 5G trials that commenced on the 25th of November 2019. The report critically reviewed and studied the health and security implications of deploying 5G in Nigeria.

Leading international organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), an organ of the United Nations, have confirmed that the deployment of 5G networks leave no adverse health effect and are safe.
5G networks offer significant advantages over the current technologies. Some of its advantages include much lower latency, higher bandwidth, greater device density, longer battery life for nodes and greater network flexibility. Several countries have already commenced the deployment of 5G and are enjoying its benefits. These countries include the United States, United Kingdom, Republic of Korea, South Africa and Lesotho, to mention but a few.

The National Frequency Management Council (NFMC), chaired by Minister Pantami, will soon release spectrum to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) that meet all the required conditions.

The NCC, as the regulator of the telecommunications sector, will continue engaging stakeholders with a view to developing the regulatory instruments required for the successful deployment of the technology in Nigeria.

Dr Femi Adeluyi

Technical Assistant (on Information Technology) to the
Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy

8th of September 2021

Thursday, August 26, 2021

August 26, 2021

Hushpuppi: IGP Receives NPF Panel Report On DCP Abba Kyari



· Reiterates Commitment to the Course of Justice

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc today, 26th August, 2021, received the report of the NPF Special Investigation Panel (SIP) investigating the alleged indictment of the erstwhile Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), DCP Abba Kyari by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The report was submitted by the chairman of the SIP, DIG Joseph Egbunike, at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.

2. DIG Egbunike, while presenting the report, appreciated the IGP for the confidence reposed on him and the members of the Panel to conduct the probe. He noted that the Panel commenced investigations immediately it was inaugurated on 2nd August, 2021 and the report submitted is an outcome of a painstaking, transparent and exhaustive investigative process. He further revealed that the report presented contained the case file of the probe, evidences and findings as well as testimonies from DCP Abba Kyari and other persons and groups linked to the matter.

3. The IGP, who commended the Panel for the work done, stated that the essence of the probe was to carry out discrete investigations into the allegation levied against the Officer to enable the Force leadership be appropriately guided in its decision-making processes. The IGP assured that a careful and expeditious review of the recommendations would be undertaken by the Force Management Team and thereafter forwarded to appropriate quarters for necessary action(s). He reiterated as always, the commitment of the Force to justice for all.


Friday, April 30, 2021

April 30, 2021

Ayade's SSA on CalaPharm, Esuong Uwase Felicitates Arc. Akpo On Birthday



Today, I celebrate an exceptionally youth loving leader, MY BOSS and MENTOR, a man filled with wisdom and vision, Arc. (Dr) Eric Akpo.

You have impacted the lives of many youths of Cross River State, regardless of their ethnic or regional background. You are a true definition of a detribalized Nigerian.

You took me under your wings and directed my path towards greatness. 

You have built for yourself a legacy that can never be destroyed. Boss, I am thankful for the opportunity you've given me to work under you.

For everything that you've been to me and everything you've done for me, I say a BIG THANK YOU. I'm wishing you a super duper birthday.

Happy Birthday MY BOSS & MENTOR!

 Esuong Uwase, SSA to the Governor on CalaPharm

Thursday, March 18, 2021

March 18, 2021

Cross Riverians, The Future and The Historical Move


As the Population Council and Civilian Panel of Citizens' Solution Network make the pro-citizens' move to sign an historical Pact on the Political and Citizens' Future of Cross River state with both the New and Purpose-Driven Leadership of Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) in the State –a body overseeing the political discourse and processes within the State across the 18 Local Government Areas/196 Wards, and the dedicated and visionary Executive of Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (OMPAN) –an institution committed to shaping national debate and media conversation across the country;

several media houses, political leaders, traditional, women, religious, academic, NGOs and youth leaders, etc, from across the divides, and a greater section of the 4.2 million Cross Riverians across the length and breadth of the State have been adorned with this pan-Cross Riverian objective that seeks to engage citizens across the State, end voters' apathy, oversee the political process and ensure that the right leaders emerge with a level playing field for all aspirants, while shaping and leading media discourse to enforce its mandate and build a Cross River state where only true and sound leaders emerge for the socio-economic transformation of the State.

Hence, the general public has been enjoined to be hopeful with the prospective and potential of the much anticipated historical Pact Signing on The Political and Citizens' Future of Cross River State by the aforementioned leaderships of the three giant and uncompromising multi-demographic institutions.


Joint Executive Boards

To: *Cross River Joint Alliance On Political and Citizens' Future. (CROJAP-CF)*


Citizens' Solution Network.

Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC)_ CRS.

Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (OMPAN)

PS: As a citizen in the State you are encouraged to share  and join to build a better Cross River.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

October 01, 2020

Communique Issued By NACRISS Worldwide To Resolve The Lingering Leadership Crisis In The Association

                                   29th September, 2020


Arising from a meeting held on the 29th of September, 2020 between the supposed Emmanuel Orok led factional executive members and the Awatt Eso led factional executives, we agreed to forge a common front for the interest of every student of Cross River State Origin.

We regret the fact that NACRISS-WW has been factionalised for one whole year and still counting without any tangible achievement recorded by both factions throughout the period of crisis. Hence,there is a need for a peaceful resolution in order to give way for a smooth transition to guide against further polarization and factionalization in our enviable association which has served has a leadership academy overtime. 

The supposed Emmanuel Orok led factional executive took this decision to form a unity executive with Comr. Awatt Eso faction due to the fact that Emmanuel Orok has refused to listen to good counsel which has made him to take decisions which are not in tandem with the constituition of NACRISS-WW.

Comr. Emmanuel Orok has been running the affairs of NACRISS-WW like his personal estate and has meddled into secular politics meanwhile NACRISS-WW is apolitical. The association is supposed to be politically neutral, he did all what he did without consulting any of his supposed executive member.

The height of it all was when his factional executive members only heard and saw on social media that he had called for a dissolution and single handedly constituted an illegal electoral board without the knowledge of any of his executive member and without calling for a congress which he never convened throughout the one year he paraded as a factional NACRISS-WW president.

These, is coupled with the resolution of the council of worldwide presidents wherein a vote of no confidence was passed on the personality of Emmanuel Orok and a letter addressed to the Special Assistant to the Governor on Students Affairs  by the Leadership of the Council, and in the light of the foregoing a meeting was held between the Awatt Eso led faction and Emmanuel Orok led factional executive members. 

The following resolutions were reached in order to give peace a chance for the betterment of the association, to avert crisis and put to an end to the issues of factions in NACRISS-WW that has lingered for too long.
That this unity executive will be headed by Comr. Awatt Eso with the following as members:
i.   comr. Catherine Odey-Agba  -  Vice President
ii.  Comr. Egwu Daniel  -  Secretary
iii. Comr. Brenda   -  Asst. Secretary
iv. Comr.Ojong Ekup-Nse   -  Financial Secretary
v. Comr.Ferdinand Ogon  -  Dir. of Sports 
vi. Comr. Macfoy Emmanuel  -  Dir.of Information
vii. Comr. Francis  Odey  -  Director of Socials
viii. Comr Fred Ntaji  -  Auditor
ix. Comr. Charles Etta  -  Provost

That this unity Government serve for a period not exceeding two weeks.
Within the stipulated period of two weeks, the unity government shall call for an enlarge congress of nacrites and stakeholders to come up with a proper dissolution and formation of an electoral body that will be generally accepted and fair to all concerned.
Members of the Unity Government have agreed to bury every personal interest that will hinder a smooth transition.

The Electoral board so constituted shall act in line with the constitutionally stipulated period of 90 days to conduct a free, fair and credible election that will not lead to factions.
Within the period of 90 days, any unity executive member who has any programme that will impact positively on the lives of Nacrites can execute such progammes by liasing with the sole administrator and the transitional president


The public is hereby informed that these steps are taken without any iota of bias or sentiments but for the interest of the association which is gradually dying as a result of external interference.

We do this in good conscience knowing that whoever has the interest of the association at heart will support this process that will lead to a peaceful transition devoid of any influence. 

Cc: Special Assistant to the Governor on Students Affairs

Cc: Permanent Secretary, Office of the State Security Adviser 

Friday, June 26, 2020

June 26, 2020

Press Statement By The Niger Delta Activists Forum Over The Punishment Of The Niger Delta People By Babatunde Raji Fashola In The Neglect Of The Odukpani-Itu-Ikot- Ekpene Road


Good morning Comrades, and gentlemen of the press.

Seven months ago, issues surrounding this same Odukpani-Itu-Ikot-Ekpene road was on the national spot light. The Niger Delta Activist Forum agitated, vigorously and mobilized a massive protest, against the Federal Government to dramatize our pain.

Fashola quickly released the sum of three billion and five hundred million naira, for immediate mobilization to site. We engaged further with him and the entire Ministry of Works and on the 24th December, 2019 at their Ministry headquarters in Mabushi, Abuja and a truce was brokered.

Some of the agreements reached were;

1. That all ongoing Federal road projects within the Niger Delta region would be completed within the 2020 fiscal year save for a few with overlapping design timeline.

2. That Federal Executive Council approval would be sort for the Odukpani-Itu-Ikot-Ekpene road.

3. That the Odukpani-Itu-Ikot-Ekpene road would be placed, on the list of projects to benefit from priority funding. Meaning that execution was to draw monies from SUKUK bond which the Federal Government would be accessing by January of 2020. And work was expected to commence before the end of February 2020

Weeks after this engagement, the Federal Executive Council did approve the sum of fifty billion and three hundred million naira for this project.

But regrettably, the Honorable Minister for Works Fashola, and the Ministry of Works have demonstrated no integrity in this regard.

We are fully aware, how they deliberately chose to prioritize and fund, other projects over this one, forgetting that Oil flows from here and not from those other places. The immediate environmental consequences are born here and not in those other places where they have prioritized over our region.

The road in context has now become a national wreath of sorrows, tears and pains on our people and an emblem of shame, hanging over Fashola's neck and the Ministry under his watch.

The Federal Ministry of Works and the Federal Government must as a matter of urgency devote funds immediately to this project and save us, the untold pain.

Seven months gone bye and no sign of Work on this road. The gridlocks, the pains and sufferings, the robberies, the loss of man hours and the economic sabotage has recommenced in full force.


1. We demand that the Honorable Minister quickly allocate the next tranche of cash inflow to address the Odukpani-Itu-Ikot-Ekpene road.

2. The Honorable Minister must address us and the entire Niger Delta people on the genuineness of Federal Government's commitment to fixing the Odukpani-Itu-Ikot-Ekpene road, to be followed with immediate action.

3. That failure to undertake the aforestated actions within the next twenty one days, the Niger Delta people will respond in the loudest way possible, including but not limited to sustained mass action.

For the Niger Delta people,

Comrade Success Jack
(National President)

Comrade Bernard Okori
( National Treasurer)

Comrade Paul Abang Ajie
(Chairman, Cross Rivers State Chapter)


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