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Dana Air resumes Calabar bound flights

Posted: August 27, 2013 by CalabarBeckons in Uncategorized

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Dana Air,one of Nigeria’s top airline, has announced its planned resumption of flight in and out of Calabar.

Scheduled for September 9th,2013, the flight will depart Calabar enroute Abuja via Uyo.

For more information: http://flydanaair.com/

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The streets of Calabar witnessed its annual influx of spectators and Carnival lovers as the 2012 edition of the Carnival Calabar was held on the 27th of December 2012.Dubbed Africa’s biggest street party, thousands of costumed revelers stormed the 12 Kilometre Carnival route to entertain its teaming spectators. Also,It was a public holiday in the state,which gave an opportunity for workers in the private and public sector to churn out in their numbers alongside their families in other to cheer their favorite Carnival bands to success.
With the 2012 theme being “Celebrating a new dawn” the 2012 carnival featured the regular competing bands namely, the Passsion4 band,in its delectable Green colour, the Seagulls band, it its magnificent red colour, Bayside band, in its aquamarine blue colour, the Master Blaster band a.k.a. the band for the Hip, Bold and Beautiful who looked gorgeous in their orange colour while the Freedom band in their yellow colour added a sparkle of sunshine to the event.

At 11.20a.m. the kick off tape for the event was cut by the Deputy Governor, of Cross River State Barr. Effiok Cobham,in company of other dignitaries and sponsors. Leading the revelers were colourful girls on multiply coloured feathers costumes swinging flags of the various sponsors of the carnival. There were closely followed by the Passion4 Band.If you are a strong follower of the Carnival, the Passion4 Band are a band to watch as they have won six editions of the grand price of the Festival, almost consecutively. The fiesta Girls of the passion4 band led the procession while other sections of the band followed closely.
After the Passion4 Band came the Seagulls Band in their red colour, they showcased their dexterity in costumes and choreography; led by Senator Florence Itwa Giwa who was flanked by her guests from Nollywood; an annual culture for the band to being Nigerian actors and actresses on its float, the band repeated this year with Emeka Anyiocha playing its Adult King. Following the Seagulls Band was the Masterblaster Band, whose performance, was definitely a great improvement from its previous performances, the costumes were nice, the choreography; mind blowing and its band membership was the highest this year, a position that was previously held by the passion4 band.

The Bayside Band were next displaying what in my opinion was the worst performance of the band, this is coming from their winning record a few years ago, the costumes were less sophisticated, the choreography; just ok, but their membership has also dwindled over the years.
The last competing band to have performed were the Freedom Band, this band used to be one of the not-so-great band, but this year, they had really stepped up their game, with better costumes, creative choreography and their truck decorations were also nice as compared to their performances over the years.

The 2012 Carnival Calabar, also had a spice of the Latin American Carnival culture as the Sao Poalo Vai Vai Samba Carnival Band of Brazil, winners of the 2012 Brazilian Carnival were invited to attend and perform at the event, they displayed their traditional samba dance which got the crowds cheering, though many had reservations about their costumes. At the end of the day, the Master Blaster Band came tops on the winner’s table clinging the price of Ten million Naira, while Passion4 band came second place wining Five million Naira and Freedom Band went home with Three million Naira.

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Cross River State Government has promised to lift the status of its children’s carnival to a world class standard worthy of emulation. The wife of the Acting Governor, Mrs. Glory Cobham stated this at the Botanical Garden, Calabar while flagging-off the children’s carnival dry run and said as a pace setter the state will not relent in taking it to the next level.
Mrs Cobham, who was represented by the wife of the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Nkechi Mike Aniah, said it is through a dry run that the bands can perfect their acts and raise its standards to attract attention.
She said the children’s carnival being the first of its kind in the country, has now become an event which the state government has shown great interest by encouraging its sponsors.
The Children, who were branded in Dangote polo of the five band colours of Green for Passion Four Band, Blue for Bayside Band, Red for Seagull Band and Orange for Master Blaster Band, under- took a four kilo-meters street parade which by standard is the longest street party for children.
They stopped at designated adjudication points to display to the admiration of spectators that lined the routes which stretched from Botanical Garden through Marian Road, IBB Avenue and terminating at the U. J. Esuene Stadium.Security was tight while the Department of Public Transport (DO PT), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and traffic police personal were at head to ensure free flow of traffic while the medical personnel were prompt in attending to those who could not continue.
In another development, a United States based female Jamaican gospel singer, Chevelle Frankly, performed at the Voices of Paradise II Segment of the Calabar festival Sunday night at the Millennium Park.
The award winner artiste treated the audience, that was most of the time on its feet to popular gospel tunes including some Nigerian hit numbers which was spiced with some ministrations and motivational talks.
E-Ben, one of Nigeria’s great gospel acts and some local artistes entertained the crowd to some soul touching gospel numbers after a choral competition, featuring some churches choirs, which five qualified for the semi final

I Go Die, others hold Calabar spell-bound

Posted: December 9, 2012 by CalabarBeckons in Uncategorized

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It was a hilarious atmosphere at the Millennium Park, Calabar weekend as some of Nigeria’s greatest comedy acts
thrilled thousands of revelers to rib cracking jokes at the on-going Calabar Festival.
Tagged “Laffmatazz 1”, the comedians took turns to reel out jokes that touched on contemporary issues in the society.
Surprisingly, all the comedians did not spare the Nigeria Police as they ridiculed them about their uniforms or
modus of operation.

The fun- filled night was spiced with music from Calabar based artistes as well as some established artist with critical national acclaim.
Among them were Fada Kane, Iban and Harrisong while a spectacle and well-choreographed ballet was performed by a couple known as “Pure Heart”. Calabar based comedians, who thrilled the audience included Whokes, Last Prophet, Robert Ekpo and Headmaster as well as Ibadan based Shirman, an indigene of the state, gave full accounts of themselves and lived up to the hype.
They touched on local issues especially what happens within Calabar South which saw the crowd reeling in laughter. Some of these locals,who are products of the Calabar Festival have grownand developed over the years with accepted and mature jokes.

The main act of the night, “I Go Die” held the crowd spell bound as every of his joke was well received.
The night also witnessed one of the artistes, Harrisong, presenting his gold chain to the winner of a dancing
competition which he organized for selected youths who danced to his music.

Buchi thrills at Calabar Festival

Posted: December 3, 2012 by CalabarBeckons in Uncategorized

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Thousands of fun-seekers at the Calabar Festival were yesterday left asking for more after Nigeria’s gospel sensation, Buchi performed some of his hit songs.
It was a stella performance by the gospel, whose rendition of his well known reggae gospel tunes left the crowd drooling for more.
He was the main act at a choral competition tagged Voices of Paradise, which featured ten choirs.
A night earlier Calabar a world Aids charity concert to create awareness as well as sensitize people against stigmatization of HIV/AIDS victims, was held.
Speaking at the concert tagged “Candle light Memorial,“ which South Africa’s ace trumpeter, Hugh Musekela performed at the Millennium Park, the Deputy Governor of Cross River State, Mr. Efiok Cobham, said the occasion was symbolic because it was a reflection of how the world would look like without AIDS.
Cobham commended the wife of the state governor, Mrs. Obioma Liyel Imoke, who was the brain behind the concert, for ensuring that people, especially those living with HIV/AIDs get access to medicine.
He maintained that in the fight against AIDS, every body is a stakeholder.
He called on the audience to support Mrs.Imoke by contributing a token to save a life and commended those who sponsored the concert as AIDS is the highest killer disease in south Saharan Sub Region.
The Director General, SACA, Dr. (Mrs.) Irene Aniyom, urged the audience to take responsibility for the prevention of HIV, and provision of care and support to the infected.
Aniyom disclosed that a research on mode of transmission showed that everyone is at risk, especially people in seemingly stable relationships and “if we do not remember anything else, we should remember that everyone is at risk”.
The Executive Director Partnership Opportunities for Women Economic Realization (POWER) a pet project of Mrs. Imoke, Mrs. Tammie Kammonke, said the organisation has been at the forefront of educating and enlightening women who appear to be the most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS related issues.
Not even the early evening drizzle could dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd at the Millennium Park as people jumped and sang along with Buchi when he rendered popular tunes from his album, “It is well”.
Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Larry Odey and wife could not resist the moving performance as they joined in dancing and waving to the songs which were spiced with songs from an Abuja- based gospel artiste, Amara.
The choral competition, which featured 10 choirs had six namely; EPF Accapella Group, The Presbyterian Bells, St. Cecilia’s, St Paul’s, St. Bendard, Immaculate Conception, and Holy Ghost Choirs moved to the next level of the competition.

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After months of planning and speculations; the official Calender of the Calabar Festival for the year 2012 has been unveiled in Calabar.
The Festival Calender provides a run down for the day to day activities lined up for the 32 days of non-stop fun spanning November 30th 2012 to Jannuary 1st 2013 for the Calabar Festival. Though the Calabar Festival is a 32 day package; there is however lack of information amongst tourists about the various activities scheduled for the entire festival period.
In other to plan your stay and movement in Calabar,here is a copy of the 2012 Calabar Festival Calendar \ for Download.

Organisers of the 7th Obudu International Mountain Race say they have received “significant interest from foreign athletes”.

Mr Patrick Ugbe, the Cross River Commissioner for Information and Orientation, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Calabar that they were willing to come and compete.

Ugbe said that no fewer than 30 elite athletes from outside Nigeria had indicated interest to participate, while the list of local athletes would be fine-tuned by the LOC and the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN).

He added that the organisers were expecting between 150 and 200 athletes for this year’s race.

Ugbe, also the Media Officer for the race, said the defending men and women champions, Abebe Dinkesa and Meselech Haileyesus respectively, had confirmed their participation in the race.

According to him, the race will hold on Nov. 26 at the Ranch Resort in Obanliku Local Government Area of Cross River.

Dinkesa, an Ethiopian, set the first race record of 41 mins 45 secs in the event in 2008 and became a two-time winner in 2010

“Abebe has confirmed that he will be coming to defend his title when Gov. Liyel Imoke of Cross River flags off the race at the Obudu Ranch Resort.

“Dinkesa’s compatriot, Haileyesus, the defending women champion, has also confirmed that she will be at the Obudu Ranch for this year’s race.”

He said the race organisers expected that Nigerians would take the star price of 50,000 dollars in the male and the female categories each this year.

“Many Nigerian runners are well prepared to run for the star price. We believe that because this race has been on for seven years now it is about time that Nigerians rise to take the star price.

“And we believe that they have been training, especially from the catchment areas where the mountain is.

“A lot of young people have been training seriously for this year and we believe that they will make an impact.”

The race is organised by the AFN and sponsored by the Cross River Government.

It enjoys support from the African Athletics Confederation (CAA), the World Mountain Running Association, (WMRA) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)

Source: http://234next.com/csp/cms/sites/Next/Home/5746982-146/obudu_mountain_race_organisers_delighted_with.csp

Carnival Calabar Queen 2011/2012: The Search is on!!!

Posted: October 15, 2011 by CalabarBeckons in Uncategorized

The application forms for the Carnival Calabar Queen 2011/2012 contest are now available!

The application procedure is as follows:

1. Payment of the sum of N5,000 naira into the account detail below;

Bank: Oceanic Bank

Account name: Cross River State Carnival Commission

Account number: 12817017001402.

2. Submit the teller for the above transaction with two recent photographs of you (1 facial image and 1 full image).

3. You can either submit online by e-mailing scanned/digital copies of the above mentioned requirements to either of these emails addresses info@calabarcarnival.com, info@carnivalcalabarqueen OR submit the completed forms and requirements to
The Cross River State Carnival Commission,
4th floor, Okoi Arikpo House,
10 Calabar Road, Calabar,
Cross River State, Nigeria.

To be eligible for this contest you must be a Nigerian female between the ages of 18 – 27. Applicant’s resident outside Calabar should be aware that winning this contest also entails you will become the tourism ambassador of the state for a period of one year and as such should be ready to be out of studies for that period of time. Please note that secondary school students are not qualified to contest.

The first prize winner of this contest will go home with a brand new saloon car and N2 million naira. The second prize winner will be given N500, 000 naira and third price is N250, 000.

419 Reasons to love Nigeria

Posted: October 1, 2011 by CalabarBeckons in Uncategorized

419 Reasons to Like Nigeria

For too long, Nigeria and Nigerians have been readily associated with the online scams, financial crime and impersonation – termed ‘419’. However, beyond the unfortunate stereotyping, there are several positive characteristics and cogent intriguing traits of the country, Nigeria and its people, some of which are highlighted below as part of the ‘419 Reasons to Like Nigeria’ campaign which enlisted 100 volunteers and bloggers to share reasons why they like Nigeria. These reasons echo the voices of Nigerians, with resonating similar themes. The campaign is being facilitated in partnership with ‘The 419Positive Project’.
The full list of ‘419 Reasons to Like Nigeria’ is available here (www.419Positive.org)
The list of contributors to ‘419 Reasons to Like Nigeria’ is available here
If you would like to say something positive about Nigerians and Nigeria, please do so here.

NIGERIA – THE LAND OF POTENTIAL AND OPPORTUNITY
 I like Nigeria because it is a land of endless opportunities and possibilities. Nigeria is one country whose true potentials I believe the world is yet to experience. I believe Nigerians are sharp, brilliant and accommodating people. Given the right enabling environment the world will marvel at what Nigeria will become.
 Nigeria is the most populous black nation – and a buying one at that. From a capitalist point of view, this makes for great investment opportunities.
 The fact that Nigeria currently lags behind so much – in infrastructure and developmental terms – hints at the size of the potential for innovation and transformation, and at the huge number of vacancies that exist for ‘transformers’. What I think this means is that the world will be hearing a lot about Nigeria and high-achieving Nigerians (in the public and private sectors) in the near future.

NIGERIA – THE COUNTRY
 The Nigerian Green and White flag is a notable national symbol. The green colour symbolises agriculture, seeing that the country is endowed with masses of arable land, while the white colour signifies unity and peace. Other national symbols include the Nigerian Coat of Arms, which depicts an eagle on a black shield, trisected by two wavy silver bands, and supported on either side by two chargers. The national motto underlies the coat-of -arms: “Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress.” Her national symbols convey great meaning to its people.
 The Nigerian accent is currently ranked by CNN Global Experiences as the 5th sexiest accent in the world.
 Nigeria is home to Nollywood, one of the world’s biggest film industries.

NIGERIA – THE CULTURE, THE FOOD, THE WAY OF LIFE
 Something great to like about Nigeria is our cultural diversity. A strong affinity exists, despite our differences. Learning about other ethnic cultures in my country really helped me personally relate to other cultures when abroad.
 I think the food is tastier in Nigeria than that I have found in other countries.
 Nigerians live a communal life style. The extended family is part of the immediate family in a Nigerian home.

NIGERIA – THE MUSIC, THE MOVIES, THE DANCE, THE ART
 Nigeria has produced many world class musicians. A notable mention in this regard is Fela Anikulapo Kuti. A Broadway show titled ‘FELA!’ was produced in 2009 depicting the life and times of the Afrobeat musician.
 Nigeria’s movie industry, Nollywood, is reputedly the 3rd largest film industry after Hollywood and Bollywood, and has grown gradually into a $250 million industry in more than 10 years.
 Nigerian indigenous musical instruments are unique, soulful and rhythmic. They comprise the popular Talking Drum, producing proverbial and storytelling sounds, the Shaker (shekere), the Udu drum, the Lute, the leg and arm Rattle, the Omele, the Ogene (Gong originating in Eastern Nigeria), the Ekwe drum and the Kakaki (A 4m metal trumpet popular in Northern Nigeria). Many of these instruments have been incorporated in South American music over the years.

NIGERIA – GEOGRAPHY and NATURAL RESOURCES
 Nigeria is a nation blessed with rich human and natural resources. As the 8th largest exporter of Oil in the world, with the 10th largest proven reserves, our blessings cannot be overemphasised. No earthquakes, no tsunamis, no droughts, an evergreen land. The rest of the world should live here.
 The beauty of the Nigerian state cannot but leave one in awe, being blessed with captivating physical features and abundant wild life. From the rolling hills to the vast plains in the North Central Nigeria and the forests in the South, the beautiful scenery of the country is more than breathtaking. With the wildlife spread all over the country, Nigeria is surely a beauty to behold and a tourist’s delight all year round.
 Nigeria is blessed with tremendous agricultural resources. Cotton in the North, Cocoa & Oil palm in the South amongst many others. The flag is green for a reason.

NIGERIA – WEST AFRICA, AFRICA and THE WORLD
 Nigeria has the largest population of any country in Africa. Approximately 1 out of every 2 West Africans, 1 out of every 4 Africans, and 1 out of every 5 persons of African origin is a Nigerian.
 Nigeria is the largest contributor of troops to the ECOWAS Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) and by extension, is the largest force for peace and stability in West Africa.
 A Nigerian will stand out anywhere you find him/her, from Libya to London, Tokyo to Timbuktu. Well known examples include Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets, USA), Olumide Oyedeji (Seattle Sonics), Tunde Baiyewu (Lighthouse Family), Sunday Adelaja (Ukraine), Chris Aire (US), etc.

NIGERIA – INDUSTRIOUS, INNOVATIVE and ENTERPRISING, with ACHIEVEMENTS
 Nigerians are intelligent, brilliant minds who have proven their mettle in various fields – Wole Soyinka was the first African to win the much coveted Nobel Prize for literature in 1986. Chinua Achebe’s classic novel ‘Things Fall Apart’ was ranked as number 14 in a list of top 100 books in the world by Newsdesk in 2009. Others include Cyprian Ekwensi, Mabel Segun, Chimamanda Adichie and Helon Habila whose literary works have won both international and local awards at various times.

 We have budding fashion designers. Yes! It’s a line every Bunmi, Amaka and Amina has decided to tow but to disregard the effort and originality of our Fashion Designers would be disrespectful. Tiffany Amber, Lanre Da Silva and Deola Sagoe are building world renowned brands, not to mention the legacy developed by the likes of Abba Folawiyo, Maureen Onigbanjo, Remi Lagos and Zizzi Cardow.
 Nigerians have excelled in the fields of economics and finance, managing well established global bodies. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, the current Minister of Finance, was until recently a Managing Director at The World Bank. Obiageli Ezekwisili is currently the Vice President for Africa at The World Bank. Mr Adebayo Ogunlesi is a first class graduate of Oxford, and Managing Partner of Global infrastructure Partner (GIP), a concessionaire of London’s Gatwick International Airport.
 We take technology and expand it in ways those who created it could not have imagined. For instance, take the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) which allows you to send broadcast messages to all addresses on your contacts list; Nigerians recently found a unique way of advertising the different businesses they do. Someone started a message highlighting the fact that many people in Nigeria are entrepreneurs or provide a service and included his BB PIN in the message and sent to all his contacts with the charge that they state the service they provide, include their PIN and send on to all their contacts too. This seemingly small campaign has gone “viral” with whole lists of entrepreneurs and their BB PINs being passed from phone to phone. This is a clear sign of the ingenuity of Nigerians!

NIGERIA – GREAT PEOPLE
 Nigeria is the 7th most populous nation in the world (over 160 million) and most populous in Africa – a gold mine of energetic, determined and talented people in each and every field. From Lagos to Aba to Kano, the Nigerian business spirit and desire to succeed is visible. It just requires proper harnessing of these human resources for Nigeria to become the super power she is meant to be.
 Nigerians are passionate, friendly, welcoming, hospitable, and well cultured people. The average Nigerian reflects a combination of vivacity, intelligence, energy, talent, and resolution.
 We are a nation of people that can hardly hide their excitement at seeing family and friends. Some misconstrue this thinking we are loud but let’s just say we are EXPRESSIVE! If you see us on the streets of New York making a big ruckus and hugging? No sweat. We are just happy to see each other.

NIGERIA – THE RESILIENT SPIRIT
 The Giant of Africa: Not ignoring the current challenges, eventually, when we get our acts right, we will reign supreme on the global scene. We have the potential and as is much touted by the Warri people – “Naija no dey carry last”
 The ‘survivor-mentality’ is hard-wired into the DNA of Nigeria’s people. The fact is that against all the odds (and there are many of them), Nigerians continue to live, hustle and seek to triumph. It is not by mistake that Nigeria is regarded as one of the “happiest” countries in the world, despite its challenging economic and social conditions.
 We are hardy. The average Nigerian does business under circumstances that are unimaginable to people from other parts. In a place where there is no power, no credit, and scant regulation, people do business and do very well for themselves too. If you can make it in Nigeria, you can make it anywhere in the world.

NIGERIA – TOURISM and SPORTS

 Nigeria is an amazing tourist haven and is home to the Obudu Cattle Ranch, located in Calabar. It is only 45 miles from the Cameroon border. The Obudu Plateau is spread over 40 sq. miles and is 5,200 feet above sea level. The Obudu resort features a Gorilla Camp where tourists may observe gorillas in their natural habitat.
 Nigeria has two UNESCO world heritage sites, the Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove and the Sukur Cultural Landscape in Adamawa. UNESCO world heritage sites are places designated as being of cultural significance.
 Nigeria has produced great footballers like Teslim “Thunder” Balogun (the first Nigerian to play for an English Club – QPR), Segun Odegbami, Muda Lawal, Stephen Keshi, Rashidi Yekini (who scored Nigeria’s first ever goal at the World Cup), Nwankwo Kanu, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, John Mikel Obi, Osaze Odemwingie, to mention but a few.
 Nigeria has excelled in athletics over the years, still holding continental records in the 100m men and women, 4x100m men and women, 400m men and women, among others. Over 100 skilled Nigerian professional footballers played in First Division leagues in different countries all over Europe in the 2010/2011 season, 9 in England; 8 each in Finland, Norway; 10 in Ukraine and 7 in Sweden.

NIGERIA – UNITY in DIVERSITY
 Nigerians, despite our diversity, are a united people who always strive to help one another. With 774 local government areas, multi religious and ethnic affiliations, 36 States, and population of over 160 million, we still stand undeterred to move forward together.
 Even outside the country, Nigerians remain united. This gives a quiet assurance somewhat that you can get on a plane and go to any country of the world and find a Nigerian there who will not only make you feel welcome but will go out of their way to be of really good help. I have experienced this several times on my travels and each time it amazes me how all I need to be is a Nigerian, not Igbo, Yoruba or Hausa and once I run into another Nigerian, I will immediately feel at home.
 Our greatest strength lies in our diversity.

The ‘419 Reasons to Like Nigeria’ Campaign is in partnership with ‘The 419Positive Project’.

Government Hinges On ICT Development for MDAs

Posted: September 6, 2011 by CalabarBeckons in Uncategorized

Cross River State Government says the acquisition of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) applications in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) marks the beginning of the realization of its transformation process in the State. Governor Liyel Imoke made the assertion while speaking at the launching of the ICT Customer Relationship Management System for Cross River State Property and Investment Limited (CROSPIL), saying that the application of modern technology in MDAs will enhance high quality service delivery and boost productivity. Governor Imoke noted that ICT should not be seen as a working tool for only the private sector but a core component of the functions of the MDAs and it become imperative for the State to place much emphasis on its application. Governor Imoke assured that Cross River State will put its resources in areas where it has comparative advantage so as to attract investments. He disclosed that the application of ICT in CROSPIL will enhance proficiency in business transaction as well as reduce loss of man hour while ensuring good record keeping, stressing that it will add value to service delivery in the State as the present system in the civil service is cumbersome and time wasting which calls for a change in the normal way of doing things. The Governor said, the State intends to collaborate with Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) in the area of technology so that graduates from there could be of benefit to the private sector as well as get jobs out of the civil service or be self employed and earn a living. The Governor reasoned that the State has to start from somewhere and in four years, the relevance of its acquisition will be felt throughout the State and beyond as efforts have been made in other areas with the introduction of Geographic Information System (GIS) which the State is the first to implement in the country