CROSS RIVER EXECUTIVE COUNCIL : list out next project for the state.


His Excellency, the State Governor and Chairman-in-Council, Senator (Prince) Bassey Edet Otu, presided over the meeting with His Excellency, the Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Peter Odey, Commissioners and other members in attendance.

Council received a special address from His Excellency, Governor Otu in which he apprised Council of the modest achievements of his Peoples’ First Administration in the last Seven Months, including embarking on aggressive drive to reduce fiscal wastage and subsidize productivity in a manner that will foster long term prosperity as well as other bold reforms that is intentionally dealing with the fundamentals from bottom to top approach.

Other Highlights of the Governor’s milestones are:
* Commencement of Soil survey/fertility mapping of Cross River State
* Aggresive Elevation of the State Oil Palm Production Status with the development of 3.5 Million Oil Palm Seedlings Nurseries in 13 designated locations across the State.
* Commenced the Single Largest agricultural productivity reform with the launch of the Transparent and digitally managed N30billion commercial agric development fund called “Project Grow”.
* To promote all year-round agricultural production, the administration approved the Cross River State-Wide Irrigation Infrastructure Development Project (SWIID).
* To attract investment in the Cassava Sub-sector, the State has developed a Cassava Value Chain Development Policy frame work to public private partnerships due to be lunched this December,2023.
* Approved and commenced the Extension of the current Small Holder Cocoa Development Scheme to include development of Cocoa Estate in Akamkpa, Akpabuyo, Odukpani, Ikom Obubra and Bekwara L.G.A. under PHASE 1 while regeneration of existing ones are on-going.
* Commenced the Home Stead farming project to mitigate food insecurity and high cost of food.

Aside the agricultural sector, other areas which Governor Otu had made impact are:
** Upgrading of Joint Hospital Ikom to a General Hospital.
** Rehabilitation and Maintenance of Internal Roads in the Calabar metropolis.
** On-going beautification of Round-Abouts and Road junctions Across the State for the Christmas festival and Carnival Calabar 2023.
** Signed an MOU for the establishment of a 1GW Solar PV Manufacturing Plant to be located at the Free Trade Zone.
** Also attracted 100 Million Euros Investment for the restoration of 57,000 hectares of degraded mangroves in the State, amongst many other achievements.

As a further commitment to build on these achievements, Council deliberated and approved the following:

1. Council approved a memo by the Commissioner for Information to commence Strategic Upgrade of some key equipment/facilities at the Cross River Broadcasting Corporation to achieve wider reach and improved programming for the overall benefits of the citizenry.

2. In furtherance of the commitment of the Governor, Bassey Edet Otu led administration to make roads in the Capital City Calabar more motorable and further improve the living standards of residents, improve the peoples’ living standard as well as boost the serenity and security of the environment, Council approve.

a. Construction of the combined 2km Nyong Edem/Eyo Okon and Effio-Ette-Ikot Eyo link roads in Calabar Municipality using concrete pavement.

b. The rehabilitation and maintenance of some roads in Calabar Metropolis by the State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure under direct labour.

c. The Rehabilitation and Maintenance of the 1.9 kilometres Heavily trafficked Esuk Utan Road, Leading to the NNPC Depot and other Tank Farms with the Intention of Dualizing, Increasing and Strengthening the carriageway and proper drainage construction.

Finally, in the spirit of the Season of Sweetness, Governor Otu directed the distribution of 60 Bags of Rice to each of the 196 political Wards across the State to support the people in the Christmas celebration.

Erasmus Ekpang
Commissioner for Information CRS


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