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[Nigeria] Cross River Planning For Life After COVID-19 – Gov. Ayade Says.


Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River on Sunday said the state was preparing for life after COVID-19 pandemic with its Agricultural drive.

He said that the project would enable the state to weather the attendant food shortage expected during the post coronavirus pandemic.

Ayade gave the assurance in Calabar while deploying the newly acquired tractors and other farming equipment to the field.

He said: “In the face of the lockdown, we are aware that we have properly secured our external borders while allowing the economy to continue to run.”


He explained that his administration was determined to make the state self sufficient in food production.

NobleReporters gathered that the equipment were being moved to some of the farms in Northern Senatorial District of the state.

“We are not resting on our oars in our agro-industrialisation drive because of the likelihood of global food crisis after COVID-19.


“It is against that background that I have come here to mobilise all our equipment to move to the field.

“The idea is that Cross River is already looking at the post COVID-19 era because we don’t want to be caught up in the line of hunger and food scarcity.

“Now that oil price has come to zero and even below the cost price, it is obvious Nigeria will have to move to agro-dollar.


“Nigeria should be migrating from petrol dollar to agro dollar and Cross River will be leading that process,” he said.

He called on African leaders to brace up for the worst and look inwards to resolve the conflicting challenges coming after the pandemic.

Ayade said that after COVID-19, most countries would be concerned with feeding its citizens as well as unwilling to export food items.


“It is obvious that most countries will be very unwilling to export their food because they won’t have enough to even feed their own citizens.

“So, when it gets to that situation where our agrarian reserves are completely limited and we turn back and look at our harvest and it is nothing to write home about, what do we do?

“Therefore, I am just looking into the future and saying look, Cross River has to start the process of agricultural (projects) and putting our footprints on the ground to ensure that we create sufficient cultivation of our landmass,” he said.


Ayade also disclosed that another set of equipment were being deployed to the proposed site of Cross River International Airport in Obudu Local Government Area, located close to the Obudu Cattle Ranch.

“The airport will offer opportunities so that Cross River will be exporting ornamental flowers to Europe. To do that we need a temperate climate of about 11,000 ft above sea level which we have up the ranch.

“So Obudu Ranch will not only provide tourism, it is now going to be an agro-horticultural business hub, producing flowers and taking them to the cargo airport for export to Europe.


“If Kenya can make 9 billion Euros from exporting flowers, from 8,000 ft, then Cross River which has 11,000 ft above sea level, should do better.

“We have the best temperate climate suitable for the cultivation of ornamental flowers,” he said.



BBNaija: Gedoni turn Gov. Ben Ayade’s aide

Gedoni Ekpata, BBNaija’s 2019 housemate, has bagged a political appointment with the Cross River state government as a special adviser to Ben Ayade, the governor.

Khafi Kareem, the reality TV star’s fiance, who is also a former housemate, took to her Instagram on Monday to announce the feat.

“All we do is what? Congratulations baby! Gedoni has been appointed the special assistant to Governor Ben Ayade on Garment Factory and Branding,” she wrote

Gedoni’s appointment comes weeks after Cindy Okafor, another reality TV star, was named an ambassador of the made-in-Aba project by Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia state’s governor.

It also comes just after Khafi had similarly announced her engagement to Gedoni, following the duo’s participation in the 2019 reality TV show.

Gedoni had been booted out of the season four house alongside Jackye on Day 56, as Khafi had struggled to hold the tears in.

Following the eviction, he had reassured fans that his relationship with Khafi, a UK police officer, who doubled as his love interest during the show, would live beyond TV.

“I see a future with Khafi outside the house. I don’t know how she feels but this is my thought. She is a keeper,” he had said while denying allegations that they had sex on the show.



Just in – Jalingo, Odok’s continued incarceration is an affront on humanity – CSO

…two counts bordering on terrorism

The Coalition of Cross River State Civil Society Organisations has asked the Cross River State Government to shelve it’s “humanity” theme for the 2019 Carnival Calabar and festivals due to the continued incarceration of journalist, Agba Jalingo, and lawyer Joseph Odok.

The duo are have been remanded at the medium security custodial center in Calabar for 94 and 67 days respectively following their separate arraignments before the Calabar division of the Federal High Court on September 25th and October 22nd, 2019.

While four counts bordering on terrorism and cybercrime were preferred against Jalingo in the amended charges with Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State said to be he nominal complainant, two counts bordering on terrorism and cyber stalking were preferred against Odok by the governor’s Chief of Staff, Martins Orim.

The CCRSCSO, after a visit to Jalingo, in a statement by Anthony Bissong Attah, Iso Edim, Richard Inoyo, Ukorebi Esien, Efio-Ita Nyok and Simon Utsu, said there was nothing human about the 2019 Carnival Calabar while the duo remained behind bars.

The coalition issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the government to release Jalingo and Odok or change the humanity theme of it’s carnival.

It also vowed to boycott the carnival and will urge international bodies to do same.

The statement reads, “We issue a 48-hour ultimatum demanding the release of the two activists Agba Jalingo and Joseph Odok without conditions.

“That if (i) above is not met, we demand that the international community and the generality of the Nigerian public in solidarity with the incarcerated journalist and activist boycott the 28 December 2019 Carnival celebration in Calabar.

“The first official assignment of the newly inaugurated Commissioner for Humanity in Cross River State, Blessing Egbara, is to comply with (i) above.

“Should the commissioner fail in her first official assignment, we call on Governor Ben Ayade to immediately replace the theme of Carnival Calabar 2019 to something else in order to avoid a contest of semantics and prevent the misrepresentation of human right reality within Cross River State to Nigerians and the international community.”

CCRSCSO noted that it is aware of a sinister move by the government to further arrest rights activist and charge them with offences similar to that of Jalingo and Odok.

Agba Jalingo and some police squad

Jalingo’s case was listed as one of the the 10 most urgent cases of threats to press freedom by the One Free Press Coalition in October.

The Cross River State Government accused TIME, a member of that Coalition, which reported the story, of practicing “gutter journalism.”