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CROSS RIVER STATE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES PRODUCTION OF SPECIAL GRASS TO HELP END HERDERS’ FARMERS CLASH.

Cross River state governor, Ben Ayade says the state is pioneering the production of special grass in collaboration with technical partners from Cambodia to help put an end to herders’ farmers clash.

Speaking during a demonstration planting of the grass at the industrial park, in Calabar, Governor Ayade said the grass, a special pasture that grows more than two meters within 45 days of planting and it regenerates even faster once cut, can help feed cattle in a small landmass.

The Governor said the massive production of a rare regenerative organic grass called king grass, is all Nigeria needs to end the intractable farmers- herders clashes.

CROSS RIVER STATE GOVERNMENT APPEALS TO THE RESIDENTS TO REMAIN CALM, FOLLOWING TUESDAY NIGHT’S THE RECENT RAIN STORM.

Following the recent rain storm that destroyed street lights and other infrastructure within Calabar Metropolis, the Cross River state government is appealing to the residents to remain calm.

In a statement from the state ministry of power signed by the deputy director information, Rekpene Uket, explained that the destruction which will cost the state government millions of naira to repair, will temporary affect power/ street light supply.

While expressing regrets at the inconvenience it may cause residents, the statement assured that the government is working to ensure the restoration of power in the affected areas.

STAKEHOLDERS IN CROSS RIVER AND EBONYI STATES HOLD TALKS TO FIND LASTING SOLUTION TO LAND DISPUTES.

Following the latest land dispute between the people of Ikot Offiong in Odukpani Local government area and Oku Iboku in Itu local government area of Akwa Ibom, the chairman of peace and security committee in Odukpani local government area, Ita Ekanem has accused the Akwa Ibom state government of attempting to influence the national boundary commission (NBC) to alter the already demarcated boundary.

Ita Ekanem who made the accusation while speaking with hit fm news vie the telephone, advise the Cross River state government to ensure that already demarcated boundary is not altered.

Meanwhile, stakeholders in Cross River and Ebonyi states on Tuesday came together at a round table to embrace peace and work towards finding lasting solution to land disputes spanning a century.

The round table which was at the instance of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) was aimed at bringing peace to the area and subsequently creating an atmosphere for the National Boundaries Commission to demarcate the boundaries between the warring communities.

JAMB FIXES JUNE 5TH FOR COMMENCEMENT OF 2021 UTME.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB has fixed June 5 for the commencement of the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.

The examination body, in a statement issued by its Head, Public Affairs and Protocols, Fabian Benjamin, on Wednesday, stated that the 2021 UTME examination will end on Saturday, June 19, 2021.

While revealing that the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Direct Entry registration has also commenced, JAMB noted that all potential candidates must provide their National Identity Number, NIN, at point of registration.

DG, CROSS RIVER PRIMARY HEALTH CARE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY, EXPRESSES CONCERNS AT THE INCREASING RATE OF TUBERCULOSIS CASES IN THE STATE

The Director General, Cross River Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Janet Ekpenyong, has expressed concerns at the increasing rate of tuberculosis cases in state; especially Calabar south which she said has the highest cases in the state.

Dr Ekpeyong who said this while speaking with our correspondent on the occasion of the World Tuberculosis day marked globally on the 24th of March every year, also emphasized that the treatment of Tuberculosis is totally free.

Also speaking, the state Programme Manager, tuberculosis, leprosy and boil ulcer control, Dr. Jonah Offor, charged people who have observed symptoms of tuberculosis in themselves or their loved ones to present themselves at the nearest health center, for immediate diagnosis and treatment.

The theme for this year is: The Clock is ticking.

UNICAL SET TO GRADUATE 22 FIRST CLASS STUDENTS.

The University of Calabar is set to graduate 22 first class student and 4,409 others in its 34th convocation ceremony on Saturday the 27th of March.

The Vice-Chancellor University of Calabar, Prof. Florence Obi who disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Tuesday as part of activities leading to the Institution’s 34th Convocation ceremony, said the school will also graduates 127 persons with diploma, 154 with post graduate, 187 with masters while 56 persons will earn PHD in their various fields of study.

Professor Obi also revealed that the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi will deliver a lecture at the convocation. he vice chancellor also disclosed that the university will be conferring Honorary Doctorate degrees of Business Management on industrialists, Innocent Chukwuma and Kamoru Yusuf for distinguishing themselves in their different fields of endeavor

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