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Why High Chief Eyo Etim Nyong May Emerge As The Next Executive Governor Of Cross Rivers State.

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Why High Chief Eyo Etim Nyong May Emerge As The Next Executive Governor Of Cross Rivers State.

Cross Rivers State has had its own share of governance since the return to democratic rule in 1999. The last 22 years have witnessed only three Governors administering the oil-producing State, Donald Duke, Liyel Imoke and the incumbent Governor,  Benedict Ayade, all three are products of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

There have been mixed feelings as regards the performance of these past and current administrators while some may have given them an average performance scorecard others are of the opinion that Cross Rivers State deserves better.

Cross Rivers State was once regarded as the citadel of tourism and a clean environment, it is on record that the State was once distinguished both nationally and globally as the cleanest State in Nigeria.

Unfortunately, the State no longer holds the enviable records of being the cleanest State in Nigeria, an achievement the State once held back to back continuously.

Tourism was identified as one of the flagships of diversification for the socio-economic development of the state. And in line with this vision, the Donald Duke administration intensified efforts in 1999 and invested heavily in the tourism sector.

The Tinapa Free Trade Zone and Resort (TFTZ&R), Calabar was conceptualised to be an integrated business resort, with an estimated cost of over 60 billion naira Tinapa was meant to be among Cross River’s exclusive tourist sites but today the project is not only moribund but a shadow of itself.

Institutions in the State are not spared either as many cry out over the weakened State of institutions in Cross Rivers.

As the 2023 Gubernatorial elections draw closer residents have been agitating for a total paradigm shift from successive governments that can’t keep to their campaign promises and sustain existing developmental strides as laid down by previous administrations.

Zoning, competency and visionary drive are major determinants that would produce the next governor of Cross Rivers State.

In 1999 the South produced Mr Donald Duke as the Executive Governor, then in 2007, the Central produced Senator Liyel Imoke while the Northern zone produced the incumbent, Senator Ben Ayade.

Many say equity demands the Governorship should be zoned back to the South.

One man that keeps reverberating as a possible successor to Ben Ayade is High Chief Eyo Etim Nyong who happens to be a Professor of Petroleum Geology.

High Chief Nyong has a pedigree of high performance and credibility laced with vision and hard work. Nyong who happens to be a household name in Cross Rivers State was a pioneer member of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC board and was fortunate to head the committee that drafted the famous Niger Delta Master Plan which unfortunately successive governments have failed to implement.

He is seen as a highly visionary leader who would impact positively to the socio-economic development of the State.

According to respondents his tenure as an NDDC board member brought unprecedented projects across Cross Rivers state as no fewer than 60 projects were executed to his credit. Many Cross Riverians have reached out to him to accept the challenge of rescuing the State from its current status of redundancy.

They see him as one who can rebuild Cross River and reclaim its tourism position in Africa, they say with Prof Nyong Cross Rivers can regain its pride and heritage.

The university don hails from Odukpani  Local Government Area in Cross River State and happens to be a  strong chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC.

Osigwe Omo-Ikirodah.

Source iReporteronline.

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Group Advocates Ban On Open Grazing In Edo

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A Non-governmental organisation, New Nigeria Initiative (NNI), Wednesday, advocated a ban on open grazing to prevent herders and farmers clash in Edo.

The group said Edo and the entire country were being gripped by endemic brutality, untold cruelties and awful cycles of events arising from clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

President of the group, Mr Uwadiae Odigie, stated this when the group visited the state acting permanent secretary, state ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Peter Aikhuomobhogbe, in Benin .

According to him, “NNI had in the wake of these attacks in June, 2000 dropped a private bill titled:  “the Prohibition of cattle grazing” in the State House of Assembly.
“But, regrettably nothing came out of it and the result has been the reign of reckless bloodshed by  criminal herdsmen in the State.
“The unabated tragic drama mostly in Edo spurred us to re-introduced a modified version of the bill  to the Dtate House of Assembly.”
Responding, the acting permanent secretary said government was concerned about the security situation in the state.

Aikhuomobhogbe said, “Government is doing its best to ensure food security in the state. If the cattle continue to destroy farmlands, it will affect food security.”

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10 Former Nigerian Governors Linked With N30billion Properties In UK

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A new report has linked 10 former Nigerian governors to properties worth £56 million (about N30 billion) in the United Kingdom.

The report on illicit financial flow (IFF) from Nigeria to the UK and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) also shows that 216 properties are owned by 13 law enforcement officers in the UAE.

The report was presented at a media roundtable organised by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda, (HEDA Resource Centre) in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation.

The identities of the former governors were not disclosed.

Dr. Gbenga Oduntan of the Kent Law School, University of Kent, UK presented the report titled, “Fixing Nigeria’s Illicit Financial Flows: A critical review of UK and UAE Policies, Laws and Practices.”

Commenting on the report, Chairman of HEDA, Olanrewaju Suraju, said funds stolen from Nigeria and taken to the UK and UAE were mind-boggling.

He noted that both countries have become enablers of illicit funds and stressed the need to challenge external collaborators aiding the flow of illicit funds out of Nigeria.

“We should make it difficult for people to take out the proceeds of crimes,” he said, adding that the UK and UAE should protect their systems from “those toxic resources.”

The HEDA Chairman noted that while over $50 billion is lost annually to illicit financial flow in Africa, Nigeria is the leading country in terms of IFF.

Stakeholders have however advocated for the creation of a tripartite anti-corruption task force for the three countries to stop the illicit financial flow.

Oduntan, who presented the research report, said apart from the huge amount of money illegally stashed abroad by politically exposed persons in Nigeria, $15 billion alone is lost to tax evasion by multinationals in Nigeria.

In addition, he said there is heavy under-invoicing between Nigeria and the UK, adding that fixing Nigeria’s illicit financial flow would require the destination countries to collaborate with Nigeria to shut down their systems against suspected proceeds of crimes.

However, he lamented that this is not the case, saying in the UAE, findings show that prosecution of money laundering cases is very low.

Source: Sahara Reporters

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JUST IN: Boko Haram Currently Attacking Borno Community

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Damasak, the headquarters of Mobbar Local Government Area of troubled Borno state has again come under Boko Haram attack on Wednesday afternoon, a security source told SaharaReporters.

The incident is the 8th attack on the community within a week, the source added.

Damasak is a border community with the Niger Republic north and is about 180 km drive from Maiduguri, the state capital.

The insurgents had on Tuesday evening invaded the community and wreaked havoc without confrontation.

The gunmen were reported to have razed the Divisional Police Command, schools, shops and residential houses as they hoisted their flags in strategic locations within the town.

On Saturday, the insurgents attacked the community, setting fire on United Nations facilities and forcing humanitarian workers to flee for their lives.

About three soldiers were shot dead by the gunmen while many persons were killed when a military jet that came to salvage the situation dropped a bomb that landed in a compound where civilians were having christening.

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