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Cross River: 2019 And Misadventure In Gov Ayade’s Desperation

Shortly before Ayade’s Supreme Court judgment, I was on a short visit to Calabar when my Archbishop asked that I represent him during the opening of an ultra-modern diagnostic centre built by General Ukpo, the brother of emeritus Archbishop Joseph Edra Ukpo. General Abdulsalami Abubakar was special guest, Governor Ayade was host, Donald Duke was present, as well as the Ndidem of the Quas and other prominent citizens. As I opened a psalm and asked everyone to repeat the responsorial, something told me right there that God had…

Ambode Presents Record N1trn Budget For 2018

Lagos State governor, Akinwumi Ambode, has presented a total of N1.046 trillion as 2018 budget before the state house of assembly. The budget tagged ‘Budget of Progress and Development’, was submitted to the lawmakers on Monday at the assembly complex in Alausa, Lagos. The sum is N254 billion less than Cross Rivers’ 2018 budget. Recall that Governor Ben Ayade had on November 30 presented a N1.3 trillion budget for the 2018 fiscal year to the State House of Assembly for approval.

My Advice To President Buhari

I was really afraid when President Buhari was ill and away for that long. I worried that if anything terminal happened to him, Nigeria would be in for it, for already conspiracy theories were rife that he was poisoned and there were rumours of certain youths swearing to avenge his death with tens of ‘enemy’ lives. I used the word enemy, because it does seem that somehow we are always at war, between North and South, Christian and Muslim, tribe versus tribe; once again God averted the death of innocent people, just as he did…

‘PDP Could Lose Cross River To APC Because Of Ayade’

The National Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been urged to take urgent steps to save the Cross River chapter of the party from being lost to the All Progressives Congress (APC) over alleged anti-party and dictatorial tendencies of Governor Ben Ayade. In a petition to the National Chairman of the PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, by some aggrieved chieftains and members of the Cross River State House Assembly of the PDP, they accused the governor of being dictatorial and not consultative of other…

Cameroonians Storm Cross River Community, Shoot Six

Gendarmes from Bodam community in Cameroon have allegedly shot six residents of Danare, a village in Boki local government area of Cross River state. Hafiz Inuwa, commissioner of police in the state, who confirmed this, said it happened during an invasion of the village. Speaking with NAN after visiting Danare, Inuwa said the residents told him that they were preparing to retaliate because Cameroonians had encroached their land. Inuwa said the Cameroonian community had been in crisis with Danare community over land…

Ayade to Youths: 1 Hectre Of Cocoa Farm Is Your Oil Well

Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, has promised turn young people in the state into green millionaires through the revolutionary cocoa policy of his administration. The governor made the pledge in Ikom while inspecting the construction of an ultra-modern cocoa processing plant being undertaken by his government. Ayade was accompanied by his deputy, Professor Ivara Esu, Executive Director of Nigeria Export and Import Bank, Hon. Stella Okotete, and key state government functionaries. Excited at the…

EnviroNews Bags Excellence Award

EnviroNews, leading online environment and development magazine, is set to be honoured for excellence at the 2017 Environmental Awards, THE WHISTLER has learnt. The 8th Environment Outreach Magazine Public Lecture is scheduled to hold on Thursday, September 7, 2017 in Calabar, the Cross River State capital. According to a statement made available to this medium, the online magazine alongside several others organisations and individuals, will be recognized at the award ceremony next week. The Environmental Awards…

Cross River Land Dispute Leaves 150 People Dead

One hundred and fifty people have been confirmed dead after a three-day war between two communities in Cross River over land. The Director-General of the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (CR-SEMA), John Inaku, confirmed the development in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Calabar on Tuesday.“Between June 27 and 29 the people of Wanikade and Wanihem communities both in Yala Local Government Area of the state were involved in a communal war.“As a result of the bloody war, 14,000 people have been…

Superhighway: Funding Not A Problem -Ayade

Following the approval of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report for the 275kms Bakassi-Katsina-Ala superhighway by the Federal Ministry of Environment, Cross River State governor, Prof Ben Ayade, has assured that funding the project would not be a problem.