The Cross River State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs. RoseMary Archibong has assured Cross Riverians that the recently introduced Information Box – The Conversation Programme, would be hosted in selected locations spread across the three Senatorial Districts of the State.
Mrs. Archibong gave the assurances while responding to questions from participants at the maiden edition of the programme held recently at the Conference Hall of Axari Hotels, Calabar, maintaining that Information Box – The Conversation initiative of the Ministry designed to create a mix and reliable platform for information sharing between the government and the governed and is expected to cover every sector of the State’s development with special emphasis on the modest achievements of the Senator Ben Ayade led administration.
The Commissioner who was excited with the high level of public participation and sensitive questions asked throughout the duration of the programme, affirmed that Governor Ayade has made impactful legacy impressions in infrastructural and industrial development of the State such as the Rice Seed and Seedlings Multiplication Factory in Calabar, the Ultra-Modern Cocoa Processing Factory in Ikom, the Rice Mill in Ogoja, the Toothpick Factory in Ekori – Yakurr, the Pile and Pylon Factory in Akamkpa, the Banana Plantation in Odukpani, the Garment Factory, the Calabar Pharmaceutical Company (CALAPHARM), among others, are Cross River State owned with private interests.
The maiden edition of Information Box – “The Conversation,” featured the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Prof. Anthony Egrinya Eneji, the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr. Peter Akam Egba, who was represented by the Director of Administration in the Ministry, Mr. Thomas Atem, the State Economic Adviser to the Governor, Mr. Francis Odey Ntamu, the Director-General, Bureau of Public-Private Partnership, Mr. Udiba Effiong Udiba and the host Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs. RoseMary Archibong.
Other guest panelists included the Acting President of Cross River Women Emancipation Initiative (CROWEI), Mrs. Lawrencia Ita, Architect Eyo Ndem, Bishop Mike Okom, as well as Barr. Mary Adeyemi of Canaan Ladies, all representing the private sector.
The Conversation also drew participation from the leadership of all Media Houses in the State, including Cross River Broadcasting Corporation (CRBC), Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Hit FM, FAD FM, FRCN Canaan City FM, Sparkling FM and the Cross River State Newspaper Corporation, as well as Information Officers from all MDAs in the State, Civil Society Organizations and Community Based Organizations’ representatives, among which were the Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba Communities in the State.
At the end of the maiden Information Box – The Conversation, participants were highly appreciative of the initiative, which they pointed out, has opened their eyes to the arrays of legacy projects being embarked upon by Governor Ayade and urged the Commissioner for Information and Orientation to take steps to host the Conversation every month in order to cover all the sectors.