Archive for June, 2011

Athletic Federation of Nigeria relocates to CALABAR!!!

Posted: June 22, 2011 by CalabarBeckons in Uncategorized

AFN Relocates for Trials

The Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN) led by its president, Chief Solomon Ogba, has relocated to Calabar, the Cross River State capital for the 65th All Nigeria/Cross River State Athletics Championships which starts on Thursday.

Also in Calabar for the event are the Secretary General of the federation, Mrs Maria Worphil, with her entire secretariat staff, the Technical and Performance Director, Sunday Bada, as well as a number of board members.

Worphil, a former national handball star who is regarded as one of the best secretary generals the federation has ever had told the media on arrival in Calabar yesterday that the relocation of the AFN secretariat to the Canaan city shows how big the championships is to them.

“This is the flagship of our event and it requires the presence of all our key staff. This is our World Championships where the best of Nigerian athletics will be showcased in terms of performance and administration,’ she said.

Meanwhile the AFN president is expected to address a press conference today to reveal his federation’s readiness to make this year’s championships the best ever in terms of organisation and performance on the track.

Ogba told journalists on arrival in Calabar yesterday that Nigerians will see a different All Nigeria championship this time around.

“With the huge support, we have received from the good people and government of Cross River State, I think it is only appropriate to organise a championship that will serve as benchmark for other championships,” he said.

Source: Compass Newspapers


The Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke says the funds required for the construction of a state-of-the–art Calabar International Convention Centre has been secured after a detailed and transparent procurement process.

Imoke, who disclosed this shortly after the presentation of the preliminary design of the project to stakeholders by the contracting Consortium in Calabar, contended that “government has put in place one hundred percent finance for the project and can literary run it. “If this project is realized, it will make Cross River State an international convention destination, and complement its effort of becoming Nigeria’s foremost destination”.

“There is no facility like it in this part of the world. We set a budget limit for the project from inception and we are looking towards that. We pegged the project cost at $50 million, so we are working hard to make sure that we realize the project on schedule”, the Governor stressed.

According to Imoke “globally conference centres are developed by government, not because of the expectation that you will recover the cost of the facility from patronage, but ultimately is the multiplier effect, those who will use the facility and the money that will be spent in the city is what we are actually looking at”, adding that with the new Cross River State tax reforms law 2011, the State will be able to generate some revenue from the facility.

The Governor further disclosed that the development of the facility becomes imperative in view of the fact that such facility if well articulated, will attract a huge traffic to the State and will translate into greater economic fortunes which will impact positively on the lives of the citizenry; Governor Imoke said over 150 million Nigerians leave the country to other parts of the world annually. So in terms of the market and the opportunity, its all there and we want to take advantage of these opportunities”.

While describing the conference facility as second to none in Sub-Sahara Africa, Imoke said the State will not compromise standard, pointing out that a few of such facilities in the country do not meet prescribed international standards and that government went the extra mile in selecting the best hands that will handle the construction work and see to the realization of the project in line with global standard which will be supported by other facilities like Medicare facility, an 18 hole golf course and a four star hotel.

Earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Event Management, Mr. Nzan Ogbe, who expressed optimism that the world class facility, which has already received the blessing of the State Government in all its ramification, will create another opportunity to develop new residential areas on both sides of the 2.5 kilometre new access road opening up Tinapa from Calabar

Imoke lauds Spanish Volunteers!

Posted: June 2, 2011 by CalabarBeckons in Uncategorized

Cross River State Governor, Sen. Liyel Imoke in south-south attire along side his aides, SSG, Mr. Fidelis Ugbo(1st left,) Commissioner for Women Affairs, Ekama Awara and others

Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke has lauded European Youth Volunteers to Nigeria for the meritorious voluntary services rendered to the State.
Speaking during a farewell cocktail organized by the State Government in honour of the 30 Spanish volunteers in Calabar recently, the Governor contended that their selfless services to Nigeria especially Cross River State, will have a lasting legacy on the lives of those they interacted with during their stay.

While commending the volunteers, who came under the auspices of Association of Mujeres Entre Mundre, a Spain based Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), for choosing to work at the Destiny Child Centre, which his administration holds passionately, Imoke maintained that their zeal and commitment in giving the vulnerable children a sense of belonging through vocational training was greatly cherished and will remain monument to those they impacted.

He pointed out that his wife was touched by the dangers the street children were exposed to and decided to establish the Destiny Child Centre in Calabar as a rehabilitation home for the destitute, adding that working for the children was a difficult concept for government in realizing its dreams of giving them confidence and belief in themselves which is what they lack because of the circumstances which they found themselves.

Imoke expressed the hope that as they return to Spain, they will become great tourism Ambassadors of Cross River and Nigeria at large as well as tell their government on the need to collaborate with the state to grow its socio-economic potentials and wished them well in their endeavours.

In his remarks, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Diaspora Matters, Dr. Ben Ebong, stated that the group was the first European Volunteer group to visit Africa and Cross River as their destination because his office was able to convince them that Cross River State is the most peaceful and hospitable in the country.

He attributed the uniqueness of the State to the leadership style of Senator Liyel Imoke, whom he described as a visionary and people oriented governor that has impacted positively on the lives of the citizenry.

Also speaking, Mr. Gerald Umueze, Project Manager, Destiny Child Centre disclosed that the volunteers, who started their service with the centre in June 2010, had assisted 12 inmates in paying their school fees while engaging others in vocational training for at the centre, adding that their presence with the children was a true destination of volunteerism.

Coordinator of the group, Mr. Roland Edu, who affirmed that it was the first time the European Union would evolve such a number of volunteers to Africa and Nigeria in particular, commended the State Government particularly, Office of the first lady for initiating such laudable programmes as the Destiny Children Centre (DCC) and Partnership Opportunity for Women Economic Realization (POWER) amongst other which the group found interesting to work with, adding that their presence attracted visitors from Spain to Calabar especially during the Calabar Festival.

In her remarks, the President Association of Mujeres Entre Mundos, Mrs. Glory Nkereuwem, said she was overwhelmed by the peace and, love the state Government showed on the volunteers which she described as heroes being the first group from Spain to visit Africa and appealed for more collaborative programmes that will unite Spain and Nigeria.