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The Cross River State Government has renewed its commitment to provide an enabling environment for development partners towards the upliftment of the standard of the living of the people of Cross River State.

The Deputy Governor, Professor Ivara Esu gave this assurance while launching of the Cross River State International Development Policy, with support from CUSo International, on Tuesday in Calabar.

The Deputy Governor explained that the launch of the policy document is part of the concerted
efforts and policy direction of the Senator Ben Ayade-led administration to provide a solid framework that will enable all development partners to achieve their mandate as regards the 2030 target for the realization of the Social Development Goals (SDGs).

Professor Esu agreed that the state has over the years benefitted and enjoyed the support, collaboration of partners including World Bank, UN and CUSo International, despite the fact that there has not been a policy guiding the collaboration, while describing the new launched policy as a road map that will guide the entrance of partners in the state as well as serve as a catalyst for a durable cooperation between the state and the International Development partners.

He urged the MDAs and other implementing agencies or bodies in the state to adhere so tenaciously to the policy document in their engagement with partners in the aspect of international development assistance.

Professor Esu therefore disclosed that the entrym point of International Development Partners in the state is the Ministry for International Cooperation (MIDC) which was upgraded from a department to a full fledged ministry.

The Deputy Governor explained that the essence of the upgrading was for the Ministry to coordinate, keep track of International Development assisted interventions and to drive the implementation to realize the desired goal and results.

In her address, the Commissioner for International Development Cooperation, Dr. Inyang Asibong disclosed that there was great need for the state to have a standard working tool and framework to ensure a solid and effective development cooperation between Cross River State and development partners.

Dr. Asibong further disclosed that the International Development Policy Document is developed by the Cross River Ministry for International Development Cooperation, a set of guidelines designed to realize the much desired goals of effective coordination, alignment as well as coherence in delivery of development assistance to the state by the development partners.

The International Development Cooperation Commissioner stressed that the Policy Document is aimed at defining the way the state government work with partners to the extent that development assistance will align wonderfully with the state development priorities and ensure a seamless coordination across board.

In his remarks, the CUSo Head Team leader represented by Mr. Jerry Nwigwe, said that CUSo International has always identify Nigeria at the three levels of the Federal, State, and Local government in their several development programmes.

Mr. Nwigwe explained that the main objective and interest of CUSo International is where there is effective and efficient coordination of policies, where the development programming are systematically maintained based on the people’s need as the organization represent the voice of the people as well as the Government.

The team leader of CUSo International pointed out that CUSo International has been very consistent in support of Cross River State Government in its people-oriented programmes, and further assured that the organisation will do more so long as the policies are established and sustained in the state in the coming years ahead.

In his own brief remarks, the United Nations (UN) Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and designated Official for Nigeria, Mr. Mathias Schmale lauded the state government for partnering effectively with the UN and it agencies activities in the state and sued for greater collaborative cooperation to enable the organisation achieve its predetermined objectives and mandates.

High points of the event was the launch/unveiling of the Cross River State International Development Policy Document by the Deputy Governor, Professor Ivara Esu.

Deputy Governor’s Press Unit, Government House Calabar.

Agriculture Government News

Cross River state to partner UAE’s Largest Agro-Investors for cash crops, ornamental plant production

In furtherance of the Agro- industrialisation drive of Governor Ben Ayade, the Cross River State Government is partnering the United Arab Emirate (UAE), for the cultivation, on commercial scale, of cash crops in the state.

At the ongoing Annual Investment Expo in Dubai, Governor Ayade was represented by the Commissioner for International Development Cooperation (MIDC), Dr. Inyang Asibong, the State Chief Economic Advisor Dr Francis Ntamu and the Special Adviser to the Governor of Cross River State on International Development Cooperation and Investment, Mr Victor Edet.

Delivering the keynote address on behalf of the state delegation, Dr Ntamu brought to the fore, the investment opportunities in Cross River of which UAE’s largest Agro investors, Dubai Elite-Agro were interested in partnering with the state to deepen the cultivation of cocoa, oil palm, rice, maize, potatoes, vegetables and horticultural plants.

The 3-Day Investment Expo holding at Dubai’s Exhibition Centre, is one of the world’s leading investment platforms for captains of industries across the world.

Experts and delegates to the exhibition compare notes on the techniques of growing, sourcing, exporting and marketing of agricultural products to other nations.

According to the SA on Int’l Devt. and Investment, UAE technical experts in arid land cultivation and horticulture will co-invest with the State to boost flower production in Obudu, Northern Cross River due to its temperate climate and other seasonal factors.

The Commissioner for MIDC disclosed that the synergy with Elite-Agro in terms of technical support is needed to boost the cultivation of the crops, including flowers grown in the hinterlands of Obudu for export purposes, particularly with the ongoing construction of the Obudu International Cargo and Passenger Airport by the Governor Ayade led Administration.

Also attending the exhibition are the Governor of Niger State H.E Sani Bello,
Governor of Ekiti State H.E Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Kwara State H.E Abdulraman Abdulrazaq, Governor of Plateau State H.E Simon Lalong, Governor of Bayelsa State H.E Douye Diri and other top Government functionaries.

Government News

Social Protection Policy: State Government, UNICEF Gives Nod, Inugurates Technical Working Group

The Cross River State Government and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), on Thursday, inugurated the Technical Working Group (TWG) for the implementation of the Social Protection Policy (SPP) which was launched in October 2021 by the Deputy Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ivara Esu in company of the wife of the Governor of Cross River State, Dr Linda Ayade. The SPP is modeled after the Federal Government’s Social Protection Framework which provides for social justice, equity and inclusive productive growth.

The Policy, a formative tool aimed at addressing poverty, unemployment, social and economic vulnerabilities, inequality, exclusion and other threats to sustainable development is a framework of the state government.

The Technical Working Group (TWG) is inugurated to spearhead the smooth implementation of an operational plan to oversee the Cross River State Social Protection Policy following approval by the State Executive Council for the state Social Protection Policy.

In her welcome address, Commissioner for International Development Cooperation (MIDC), Dr Inyang Asibong eulogized UNICEF’s visiting team led by the Chief of ‘A’ Field Office, Enugu State for their support over time in the area of healthcare, education, water and sanitation, child protection, HIV/AIDS and social protection, noting that the process of developing the CRS-SPP began had earlier received approval of the state Executive Council.

In his remarks, the UNICEF Chief of ‘A’ Field Office, Enugu State, Dr. Ibrahim Conteh* said Governor Ben Ayade’s signature on the SPP document shows a buy-in by the state government which requires lots of linkages, connectivity and networking among the various MDAs.

While inugurating the Social Protection Policy TWG, Dr Conteh commended the efforts of the Governor Ben Ayade led administration for being one of the only three states that have developed the SPP in the South-South geopolitical zone of the country, while encouraging the state to take adequate steps in operating the policy by allocating responsibilities for implementation, assuring of UNICEF’s technical support always.

The composition of the TWG include stakeholders from the MIDC, the state Department of Budget, State Planning Commission, state Ministries of Education, Health, Agriculture, Women Affairs, Humanity and Social Welfare, Sustainable Development Goals, State Bureau of Statistics, Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency, State Coordinating Units, Nigeria Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Program (NG-CARES) and a Civil Society Organization; BTAN.

Government Love News

Dr Asibong Celebrates Annual Year-end Christmas With Calabar South Youths, APC Stakeholders during Yuletide

Saturday, December 25, 2021 will forever remain indelible in the memory of the Calabar South youths, women and widows as the Cross River State Commissioner for International Development Cooperations, Dr Inyang Asibong celebrated Christmas with constituents in grand style.

Asibong also hosted the APC Stakeholders in the most populated Local Governmen Areat in Cross River State in delivering the goodwill of her principal, the Governor of Cross River State, Senator Prof. Ben Ayade at Christmas.

The MIDC Commissioner who is also an Obonganwan and Eka Unwana (The Queen and Mother of Light) in the Efut Kingdom, also shared the vision of prosperity of her principal by sharing the joyous future ahead in the APC led Administration in the state for the youths, women and the entire people of Cross River State, starting from Calabar South Local Government Area.

The Commissioner’s annual year-end Christmas Celebration which witnessed distribution of food items and cash, according to Asibong, began five years ago to show gratitude to the people of Càlabar South and to spread the message of hope and development, as championed by Governor Ayade to the people through her.

She used the one-off occasion to call on the good people of Calabar South not to allow prevalent perilous situations in the country deny them the feasible developments put in place by Governor Ayade in Cross River State.

“Despite the lean resource the state gets, Cross River is not owing salaries and pension, yet have feasible industries littered across all the local government areas of the State. This is a mark that Governor Ayade works like a trailblazer who wants the best for his people” she said.

The celebration was also extended to the children and Students within the catchment locality, with different traditional troupes displaying the rich Efik cultural heritage welcoming various guests who came from far and near to celebrate with Ayade in Càlabar South through Inyang Asibong.

Government Love News

Let us never take our blessings for granted- Dr Inyang Asibong

Greetings, On behalf of the Ministry of international development corporation that I hold responsibility for, I would like to take this opportunity to first and foremost to thank my his Governor Ayade, My staff, colleagues and Cross Riverians for the peace and unity we have enjoyed as a people beyond party lines 

Christmas is a time for togetherness; families; tradition. There is something special and I dare say, magical about this time of the year. It is a time where as a people our core values and customs are brought to the fore-front as we celebrate

So, if there is a person that you know may be spending the season without their family, please consider inviting that person to your home, especially someone who may be spending their Holiday Seasons away from home

Let us never take our blessings for granted. Let us always remember that we’ve been blessed to bless others.

I pray that God will continue to watch over, guide, Bless and protect us.

So, on behalf of my immediate family and the Ministry of international development corporation, I wish you a safe and wonderful Holiday Season as we prepare for the New Year: 2022

Have a safe and peaceful Holiday Season. God bless you.

Dr Mrs Inyang Asibong
Commissioner for ministry of international development corporation
Cross River State


Government News POLITICS

State Govt Backs C’River, WB APPEALS project; urges Committee to expedite implementation

..commissions office complex post- EndSars destruction

The Cross River State Government has given its full support to the 7th Implementation Support Mission of the Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) project as project implementation advances in the state.

This witnessed the commissioning of the newly acquired and fully equipped office complex in Calabar by the State Government, following the vandalization of the previous office during the EndSars attacks of 2020.

Declaring to mark the opening of the program, the state governor, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade, represented by the Deputy Governor, Prof. Ivara Esu, commended the implementation team for their efforts so far in achieving the project’s objectives of improving livelihoods across the State. The Deputy Governor said efforts by the stakeholders has made it possible for the successes recorded thus far.

The Deputy Governor, while affirming the position of the State Steering Committee Chairman of the project expressed worry at the slow pace of implementation caused by the aftermath of the EndSars protests due to the impact of the attacks on facilities.

Speaking about the project, the state Commissioner for International Development Corporation, Dr Inyang Asibong, explained that APPEALS is a six-year project developed by the federal government in collaboration with the World Bank and adopted by the Cross River State government to support policy thrusts of sustainable food Security, local production, job creation and economic diversification in line with the Agricultural Promotion Policy (APP) project 2016-2020, also reffered to as the Green Alternative.

Dr Asibong said the State APPEALS has empowered women, youths and community interest groups in improving agricultural productivity and enhance social welfare of Cross Riverians as a catalyst to bring development to the state.

Shortly after the launch of the program the State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade led the delegation to a tour of the Ayade Industrial Park with the National Coordinator of the World Bank (WB) APPEALS project, Mr Mohammed Jobdi and officials of the WB APPEALS Task Team led by Dr Adetunji Oredipe. Others are 19 team members from the World Bank, the Federal Ministry of Finance and the National Coordinating Office of APPEALS.

Upon concluding commissioning of the new office and tour of facilities at the Ayade Industrial Park, Governor Ayade later hosted the delegation to a dinner for continued interactions.