Ayade locks Cross River workers out for lateness

September 15, 2022 Rosemary Moribirin 0

Cross Rivers state governor, Ben Ayade, locked out Geographic Information Agency state workers for being late to their place of primary assignment. Speaking to a worker who pleaded anonymity, he complained of low morale as the reason behind their lateness to work. Reacting to the development, the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Benedict Ukpepi described the Read More

Ayade, Obong of Calabar, Duke mourn ex-CAN chair Archibong

May 6, 2022 Joseph Obung 0

Prominent Cross Riverians, including Governor Ben Ayade, the Obong of Calabar, His Eminence Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi-Otu V, former governors Donald Duke, Liyel Imoke, Senator Gershom Bassey and many others, Friday, mourned the demise of former Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the State, Archbishop Archibong Archibong. Archbishop Archibong, who died on April 1, 2022, at the age Read More

Breaking: Ayade wins, as court dismisses defection application

April 7, 2022 Editor 0

Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court Thursday dismissed the application filed by the People Democratic Party (PDP) against Governor Ben Ayade who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). In a two hour judgment, the court declared that legislators not the court can sack a sitting governor Details loading…

[Breaking] Defection: Court shifts judgement on Ayade

March 25, 2022 Editor 0

The suit seeking to sack the Cross River Governor, Ben Ayande and his Deputy, Ivara Esu, over their defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been postponed by the Federal High Court in Abuja. Justice Taiwo Taiwo had earlier planned the judgment for March 25, 2022, but April 6 has been picked as Read More

Ayade vows to stop illegal logging, says appointees’ll be scapegoats

March 4, 2022 Joseph Obung 0

Governor Ben Ayade has vowed that his government was all out to fight illegal wood loggers in Cross River state, saying his appointees taking part in the illegal business would be used as scapegoats. The governor made the remarks in Calabar, Thursday, to mark this year’s World Wild Life Day which had the theme ‘restoring key species for ecosystem restoration.’ Read More

Your time is now, Ayade tells Cross River youth

February 20, 2022 Joseph Obung 0

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state has said the future of Nigerian youth to take over political leadership should begin now, not tomorrow as some people would want them to believe. He said this in Calabar weekend during the maiden All Progressives Congress (APC) youth summit, organised by the state chapter of the APC lobby group. Reiterating that youth Read More

2023: Ayade vows to return power to Cross River South

January 9, 2022 Blueprint 0

Cross River State governor, Sir Ben Ayade, has again reiterated his commitment to ensuring that power reverts to the Southern Senatorial District of the state come 2023. Speaking at the Governor’s Lodge, Ayade said his decision to return power to the South was based on morality. “During my campaign for second term, I went to the South. I said support Read More

In Cross River, Ayade, PDP bicker over N100bn embezzlement allegation

January 7, 2022 Joseph Obung 0

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state are at each other’s jocular over alleged looting of N100 billion from the state coffers. The PDP, in a press release titled ‘On Ayade’s N100 billion loot and the incoherence of his political vuvuzela,’ had alleged that the governor “looted our state treasury to Read More

Ayade seeks better ties with Britain on development, security

November 25, 2021 Joseph Obung 0

Cross River state governor, Professor Ben Ayade, has decried the lack of collaboration between the state and Britain in various strata of development. He noted that Cross River rather enjoys robust collaboration with other countries even when Britain is Nigeria’s traditional ally, given the historical colonial ties between both countries. The governor spoke at the State Executive Council chamber of Read More

Why Cross River should produce next president – APC group

November 4, 2021 Agi Onda 0

The Cross River Youth Congress (CRYC), an All Progressives Congress (APC) pressure group, has aligned itself with the position of the Arewa Mandate Initiative (AMI) on power shift with a proviso that the state produces the occupant of that office in 2023. The group, in a five paragraph communiqué issued at the end of their meeting in Calabar, commended Arewa Read More

Breaking: Another Cross River Lawmaker is dead

October 27, 2021 Joseph Obung, Calabar 0

A member representing Akpabuyo State Constituency in the Cross River State House of Assembly and a staunch member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Elizabeth Ironbar, has died. Report says Mrs Ironbar died of protracted illness on Wednesday morning at the Assembly Village, Ekot Inim in Calabar metropolis. Mrs Ironbar was the brain behind the Cross River State Disability Read More

Ex-militants storm Gov Ayade’s office over unpaid allowances

October 25, 2021 Joseph Obung 0

Ex-militants, who before now operated under the name ‘Bakassi Strike Force,’ Monday, baricaded Gov Ben Ayade’s office, demanding payment of their unpaid allowances.They threatened to pull down the main gate of the Governor’s Office. Dressed in black, and led by one ‘Tomaya, the ex-militants caused a severe traffic hold up along the ever busy Leopard Town/Diamond Hill where the Governor’s Read More

PDP vows to resist Ayade’s privatisation plan

September 29, 2021 Joseph Obung 0

The Cross River state government’s plan to privatise 46 industries has met stiff resistance as the main opposition party, the People’s Democratic party (PDP), said it would mobilize the people against it. The newly sworn in chairman of the party, Vena Ikem, said this Wednesday shortly after his inauguration alongside 38 others to pilot the affairs of the party. Recall Read More

PDP’ll claim victory in Cross River with ex-spokesman Vena as chair – Chieftain

September 22, 2021 Joseph Obung 0

A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and chancellor of the premiere private university in Cross River state, Sir Arthur Jarvis Archibong, has said with the emergence of Vena Ikem, ex-national publicity secretary, as chairman, the party was equipped to take over power in the state, come 2023. Recall that Ikem was voted overwhelmingly as chairman after months of Read More

Notorious ex-militant, ‘general iron’ killed in Cross River

August 28, 2021 Joseph Obung, Calabar 0

Notorious ex-militant, Mr Thomas Obi Tawo, also known as ‘general’ Iron, who was given amnesty by the Cross River state government and appointed special adviser to Governor Ben Ayade on forest security, alias ‘general Iron,’ has been butchered in his country home, Oku-Bushuyu, in Boki local government area. Blueprint gathered that Tawo was killed by a vigilante group in his Read More

Attempted murder: Ayade sacks aide, army launches manhunt

August 6, 2021 Joseph Obung 0

Cross River state governor Ben Ayade has sacked his special adviser on forestry security, Thomas Obi Tawo, popularity known as ‘General’ Iron, who allegedly attempted to murder a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former special adviser to the governor on administration, Mark Obi. A press statement issued in Calabar, Friday, and signed by the Senior Special Adviser Read More

Cross River: Ayade relaxes curfew

August 3, 2021 Joseph Obung 0

Cross River state governor, Professor Ben Ayade, has relaxed the curfew placed on the state following the spate of security challenges there. A press statement issued by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Christian Ita, Monday, said the decision to relax the curfew followed the improvement in the security situation in the state. “Following a Read More

Sterling Bank, Cross River, consortium sign MoU on health supply project

July 27, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

Sterling Bank Plc has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Cross River State Government and a consortium of healthcare providers to provide services for the Cross River Health Supply Chain Transformation Project. Speaking at the signing ceremony in Lagos, Divisional Head, Health and Education Sectors with Sterling Bank, Mr. Obinna Ukachukwu, said, “I am excited that this is Read More

Cally Air to unlock economic potentials of Cross River –Ayade

July 27, 2021 David Agba 0

Cross River state Governor Ben Ayade has said the floating of the state-owned Cally Air will help unlock the economic potentials of the state. Cally Air, Monday, made its maiden flight into Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar from Lagos en route Abuja. Addressing journalists shortly after the aircraft touched down, Governor Ayade said it was a dream come true, recalling Read More

2023: Buni making occupation of Presidency simpler for APC – Ambassadors

July 4, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Nigeria 2020 Non-Career Ambassadors have lauded the recent harvest of political big wigs into the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), adding that the leadership of governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state was making “continuous occupation of Presidency simpler and easier come 2023.” The Ambassadors, in a statement made available to newsmen Sunday in Abuja and signed by their Read More

Abia community in Cross River honours Ayade, Ogah

June 18, 2021 Joseph Obung 0

The Igbo people of Abia state residing in Cross River state, under the aegis of Nzuko Ndi Abia, have honoured Governor Ben Ayade with a traditional title of Enyi Ndi Abia (a true son of Abia), while the minister of state, mines and steel development, Dr. Uche Ogah, was honoured with the title of Opurulche (meaning you stand out in Read More

Betrayals, frustrations of Ayade’s defection to APC

June 9, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The dust over the defection of Cross River state governor, Senator Ben Ayade, to the All Progressives Congress (APC), is still swirling menacingly across Cross River with accusations and counter accusations from both political divides of All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party.  JOSEPH OBUNG, in this report, chronicles the behind-the-scene developments which may have contributed to the defection, Read More