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CAN Lauds Ayade For Running Welfarist Government



The Cross River State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has commended Governor Ben Ayade for what it described as his welfarist and inclusive governance.

Making the commendation during a courtesy visit to the governor at the executive council chamber of the governor’s office, Calabar, leader of the delegation and Chairman of CAN, Ambassador Okon E. Ekpenyong noted that Ayade’s reelection for a second term in office was a howling endorsement of his industrialization policy.

He lauded the governor for his development strides in the last five years and his continuous support for CAN.

Ekpenyong said CAN was grateful for the governor’s “commitment and continuous support to CAN. Let me also say that your election was an endorsement of your industrialization drive, welfarist and inclusive governance approach.”

According to the chaiman of the Christian body, “For us, this meeting is apt and timely because it affords us the opportunity to say thank you and to honestly commend you for the giant strides and development of the State. Your passionate resolve to put Cross River on the map of Nigeria as a leading state in both infrastructure and human development, especially from our tour of the Ayade Industrial Park is worthy of note.”

Ekpenyong, who was accompanied by the retired bishop of Calabar Metropolitan Arch-Diocese, His Grace, Bishop Joseph Ukpo, Senior Special Adviser to Governor Ayade on Religious Matters, Rev. Fr.Bob Etta as well as other CAN members, thanked the governor for his proactive safety measures in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

His words: “The leadership of CAN is indeed very grateful for your profound efforts and proactive safety measures in the management of the COVID 19. We are particularly very grateful for the partnership and synergy that your administration created which enabled CAN to be part of the COVID-19 sensitization and monitoring task force team.

He also acknowledged the role played by the governor in the Christian body’s quest for a secretariat.

Ekpenyong said it was through the magnanimity of the governor “that CAN, Cross River State has been able to own a temporary secretariat after many years which was commissioned by you on 27 may, 2019. And during the commissioning, you donated a 50kva generating set. We sincerely commend you for that show of concern and support.”

The association, therefore, reaffirmed its continuous support and prayers for Governor Ayade as he strives to deliver more developmental projects for the people.

Responding, Ayade who thanked the delegation of the Christian association for their support during his second term electioneering, said: “I would like to thank you for the great support, the way and manner you came out to support me and campaign for me. I want to specially acknowledge your address which emphasised on the most essential essence of government and describing my government as welfarist government.”

Disclosing why his administration is more focused on the people while at the same time prioritising industrialization, the governor said: “A government can build more infrastructure, skyscrapers, award contracts to multinationals who will take billions back to their countries and leave behind a very beautiful city with the best of roads while the people are poor and hungry. When the emphasis is not on the people, you would have failed in your constitutional, spiritual and moral obligation as governor.

“So it is against that understanding and background that our administration is more focused on the people and because I come from a background that has a clear understanding of poverty, because I have also seen wealth at a very early age, I know the difference.”

Against that backdrop, the governor noted that “In my gratitude to God, my commitment has been to lift people from extreme want, hunger and poverty and ensure that if nothing else under the regime of Ayade, kindred and family should have someone in government.”


Gov. Emmanuel Announces Commencement Of MEGP Training For Batch III



-Paul Sylvester

As part of efforts to address some concerns of youth in Akwa Ibom State and forestall unrest, Gov. Udom Emmanuel has announced the commencement of the third batch of capacity building initiative, My Entrepreneurship Goal Programme (MEGP).

Gov. Emmanuel in a State wide broadcast, Friday October 23, 2020, in reaction to the violence that erupted in Uyo a day earlier, caused by hoodlums acting as #EndSARS protesters, announced that MEGP will resume for the third batch, to train another set of start ups and young entrepreneurs on basic business skills.

“My‭ ‬Entrepreneurship‭ ‬Goals‭ ‬ ‭ ‬Programme‭ (MEGP) will start next week, which is another bold and decisive step taken by Government to provide needed education and skills ‬in entrepreneurship, so‭ ‬our ‭ ‬youths may‭ ‬use‭ the ‭skills acquired to create job for themselves”, he said.

The Governor through the Directorate of Marketing & Brand Management (Office of the Governor) had since 2018, initiated the programme to provide a free platform for budding entrepreneurs in the State to acquire needed business education and exposed to opportunities for business support, strategic partnership, mentoring and market linkages. The programme has so far churned out two batches of beneficiaries.

According to the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Marketing & Brand Management, Mr. Ime Uwah, MEGP is a typology of a business school that runs every quarter of the year. He stated that the batch III of the programme, was slated to commence by March this year, but was regrettably stalled by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. However the participants that will be attending the programme by next week, are those qualified after the pre-qualification interview carried out early this year.

The MEGP has exposed young Akwa Ibom entrepreneurs to avenues for business financing like grants and loans, as well as create an ecosystem of like-minded teams to share ideas and build mutual support system, Uwah stated.

He pointed out that with key partners like Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), the over two hundred young entrepreneurs in the State that have been fully trained and certified, are well equipped to grow businesses and function in many capacities relating to entrepreneurship.

The SSA further noted that the programme is an interpretation of Gov. Emmanuel’s vision to grow a productive population of young people who will hold economic pillars of the State, this is in line with the State Government completion Agenda on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. (MSMEs)

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Gombe Keys Into Federal Government’s Appeals Programme



The State Deputy Governor, Manassah Daniel Jatau has again stressed that the state is blessed with vast agricultural resources that is capable of transforming the lives of the people.
The Deputy Governor gave the indication when he hosted the Chairman and Members of Agro Processing, Productivity, Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support( APPEALS) Project, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Abuja on a courtesy visit in his office.

The Deputy Governor, noted that the rich agricultural endowments, if put to use, can transform the Lives of the citizenry, and give them a better livelihood.
He commended President Muhammadu Buharis initiative of APPEALS project, describing it as a welcome development, pointing out that the state government has already keyed in to the program, as the Governor has already signed the letter of commitment.
Manassah Daniel Jatau explained to the APPEALS Officials that the administration of Governor Muhammad Inuwa has deliberately prioritize health, education, and agriculture sectors, in view of their roles as basic components of human needs and development.
He further explained that, the state has three dams in Dadinkowa, Balance and Cham, an expanse of rich agricultural land,adding that, the administration has embarked on network eleven hundred and the industrial park all in an effort to make maximum use of the inherent potentials for the betterment of the lives of the people.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman, APPEALS, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, FCT, Abuja, Alh. Mohammed Njobdi, said their visit was at the instance of the Federal Minister of Agriculture, as a follow-up to the expression of interest shown by Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya for Gombe to participate in the APPEALS Program.
He said, part of the requirements was for the officials to visit and interact with state officials as well as make field visits to processing sites, among others, which, according to him, is the reason why, the committee is in the state.
The Chairman, further explained that APPEALS is an acronym for Agro Processing, Productivity, Enhancement, And Livelihood Improvement Support, a program that aims at enhancing agricultural Productivity and ensuring value addition.
He also explained that the project has already started in six states in the country and Gombe State has been included in the next twelve states that shall benefit from the project.
In his remarks, the Commissioner of Agriculture, Alh. Mohammed Magaji Gettado stressed that the prospect of the project in the state is very high, viable and bright towards enhanced and sustainable agricultural growth.
The Commissioner outlined the derivable benefits to include among others, boosting small and medium scale industries,and provision of employment to the teeming youths for socioeconomic development.
Alh. Gettado said Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya has already signed the document of commitment in demonstration of his resoluteness to take the state to greater heights.


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Gov. AUF Receives FCT Minister on Visit, Commends Level of Peace in Adamawa



Mallam Musa Bello, Hon Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, has visited Governor Ahamadu Umaru Fintiri,AUF, of Adamawa State.

During the visit, Mallam Musa Bello who hailed from Adamawa State, Commended Governor Fintiri for the prevailing peaceful atmosphere in the state despite the spread of the #EndSARS protests in the country.

Muhammad Bakari Tukur, Senior Special Assistant to AUF on New Media, in a statement on Friday said “the minister commended Governor Fintiri’s handling of the protest in a thorough manner unlike other states.”

Responding, Governor Fintiri commended the Minister and his team for the visit saying “my administration has outlined alot of measures through which the excesses of the #EndSARS protesters will be checked.”

The Governor saluted Adamawa youths for holding a peaceful protest in the state.

He frowned at the protest and how it resulted to violence and destructions of lives and property in some states.

He encouraged youths in Adamawa to learn how to channel their grievances through proper channels for appropriate actions to be taken.

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