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.

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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.

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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


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C’River MIDC, UNICAL Sign Partnership Agreement on Technical Support

The Cross River State Ministry of International Development Cooperation (MIDC) and the University of Calabar (UniCal) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Technical Support for the Ministry’s activities across the state, following a courtesy visit by the school authority to the Ministry recently.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Florence Obi, stated that the current University administration is desirous of partnering with critical institutions and MDAs of the government for optimal growth and development of the institution.

Showering encomiums on the Professor Ben Ayade’s led Government, Prof Florence Obi asserted that global donor agencies are tailored to working with MDAs for their programs, hence the need for the partnership with the MIDC.

Speaking further, Commissioner for International Development Cooperation, Dr Inyang Asibong, who paid a return visit on the Vice Chancellor said the Ministry is saddled with a responsibility of interfacing with local and international donor agencies for sustainable development on behalf of the State in line with Governor Ben Ayade’s vision of attracting donor projects to the State.

Dr Asibong explained that the Ministry seldom outsources consultancy services, adding that the MoU with UniCal will further encourage the use of expertise from the University’s pool of well trained consultants.

The Memorandum of Understanding will open new frontiers for the institution to also participate and offer consultancy services to the numerous programs carried out by the Ministry in partnership with International funding agencies.

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C’River SLOGOR: World Bank Gives State Govt Pass Mark On Perfomance Index

C’River SLOGOR: World Bank Gives State Govt Pass Mark On Perfomance Index

…as Project officially Closes

The World Bank European Union-assisted State and Local Governance Reform (SLOGOR) Project in Cross River State has received a pass mark for efficient and effective implementation of the projects.

The State Chairman of the Steering Committee of the world bank project and Commissioner for International Development Cooperation, Dr. Inyang Asibong, attributed the efficacy and success of the project in Cross River largely to the enabling environment and the political will of the State Governor, His Excellency, Sen. (Prof.) Ben Ayade

Asibong who was relating the mesaage of the World bank position on SLOGOR to the steering committee,explained that the project with time frame of seven years from 2015 – 2021, has been a success story in Cross River state, despite the teething challenges, a testimony for other participating states to emulate.

According to Commissioner Asibong, from infrastructural development, to training and capacity building of accounting personnel, to provision of devices and services that boosted financial management in the State, the list is endless,they are all success story which the world bank is happy with its execution.

The post intervention assessment conducted by the World Bank as part of the close out modalities for the State and Local Governance Reform (SLOGOR) project which ended officially in March, 2021, Cross River State Government was rated very high amongst other participating states in the Country.

The results from data analysis showed expert execution and positive results across board, using the bespoke SLOGOR checklist, this is a good recommendation coming from the apex global bank” Asibong said .

The Project Coordinator, Mr Joseph Imbufe, said with the State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability, and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme, and a robust sustainability plan to improve on the overall objective of the financial transparency and prudent management of public finance, he was not expdecting any less result from the project.

Imbufe said despite the lean federal allocation, low funding, meagre Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), Cross River State has maintained a reputation for transparency and accountability through a well structured due process and proficient accounting system.

The official closing of the project was attended by the line Ministries Departments and Agencies, including the Ministries of Finance and that of Local Government Affairs, the Budget office, Accountant General , Auditor General, Internal Revenue Service offices amongst others who are core MDAs of the SLOGOR Financial Reform Project.

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Cross River To Partner EU-Wildlife Conversation Society On Forest Conservation

Cross River To Partner EU-Wildlife Conversation Society On Forest Conservation

The Cross River State Government has restated its commitment to partner with the European Union Wildlife Conservation Society (EU-WCS) in its desire to protect wildlife species located in various forests in the state, even as plans are underway to formalise the partnership through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between both parties.

Cross River State houses over fifty percent of the Nigeria rainforest located at Afi and Nde Mountains, as well as the state National Park from Akampa, Ikom through Boki and Obanliku Local Government areas of the state.

Speaking when the EU team met with the Ministry of International Development Cooperation in Calabar, the Commissioner in charge of the Ministry, *Dr. Inyang Asibong*, explained that the Cross River rainforest is an asset not only to the State and the country but the West African sub-region.

Asibong said under *Governor Ayade*, the wildlife and Green Canopy provided by the Cross River rainforest enabled Nigeria to be a member of Global Climate Change Cooperation , the highest body that Nigeria is a signatory country to the protocol.

The Commissioner said to fast track the MOU request, serious attention should given by the EU- Wildlife Conservation Society through the state Government to protect the Forest communities, to enable them sustain their lives and livelihood which the Government has been doing over the years.

She said; According to The UN Environmental Programme,the Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity released in May 2019 (IPBES Report1) found that we are in danger of losing 1 million species to extinction, including migratory species, if we do not step up our actions.

“Cross River State Government takes the report seriously and has stepped up action to conserve species, protect ecosystems and make meaningful progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Earlier in his remarks, the Director of the European Union Wildlife Conservation Society (EU-WCS), *Mr. Andrew Dunn* said their work in Cross River will focus on National Park, Afi Mountain, and Nde Mountain.

Dunn proposed to provide the state with technical support with request to have a political buy-in through the signing of an MoU with the State Government to provide a framework and their terms of operations in Cross River State.

“We will continue to set the bar for science, conservation action, and education that has driven our successes in protecting wildlife for over a century.

“We hold ourselves to the highest standards, adhering to core values of respect, accountability and transparency, innovation, diversity and inclusion, collaboration, and integrity” he added.

The EU team said Cross River and Bauchi states remain their choice in Nigeria where they have worked for over 15 years having signed an MoU with the Federal Government to work in the two states, but the buy-in of the state governments is needed to formalise their operations .

The visit had in attendance,the permanent Secretary Ministry of International Development Cooperation, MIDC, Mr Ogbang Timothy Akwaji and the Director of Administration, Mbong Atu Ausaji among other Senior staff of the ministry.