Last Updated on February 21, 2020 by Marvellous Ikpi


Wife of Cross River State Governor, Dr. Linda Ayade has reiterated the State Government’s commitment to sustain engagement with donor agencies, implementing partners and other organizations through core technical groups, partners meetings and other fora to identify challenges to implementing maternal Newborn and Child Health
(MNCH) interventions in a timely manner and proffering concrete practical solutions. Dr. Ayade stated this
during the Saving Mothers Giving Life Initiative (SMGL) End of Project Dissemination Meeting held recently at Diamond Ball Hall, Transcorp Hotel, Calabar, organized by Pathfinder International. The Governor’s wife who was represented by the wife of the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Omotunde Ivara Esu, stated that MNCH outcomes are a
major source of concern for the Ayade-Ied administration, while hoping that the outcomes of the end of project
dissemination meeting by Pathfinder International will set the course of enhanced sustainability of the gains of the project, in order to continue to reduce maternal and newborn deaths in CRS and Nigeria at large as well as make the future bright for women and children.

In his welcome remarks, the Permanent Secretary, CRS Ministry of the Health, Dr. Joseph Bassey, welcomed all
present on behalf of Ministry of Health and all the entire Health Sectors to the SMGL End of project disseminating

The Chief Operating Officer for MDF, Mr. Jeffery Adamade, expressed thanks to God helping the organization to grow and their work thus far, commending the efforts of the President of MDF/Initiator, Dr. (Mr.) Linda Ayade for her immense support in the development of the organization, coupled with her passion for the less privileged in the society. In his remarks, the Editorin- Chief, CRS Newspaper Corporation and National Vice Chairman, Nigeria
Guild of Editors, Mr. Sam Egbala expressed appreciation on behalf of other gentlemen of the press present to MDF for a job well done over the past four years.

Wife of Cross River State Governor and President of Mediatrix Development Foundation (MDF) Dr. Linda Ayade has said that refugees are assets and not a burden for they are courageous people who can contribute to the vibrancy of life in the communities and countries that shelter them and therefore deserve to be honoured, as well as supported for their courage. Mrs. Ayade stated this during a 2019 World Refugee Day Press Briefing in her office in Calabar.
Highlighting the contributions of UNHCR, the Head of Sub Office, UNHCR, Ogoja, Mr. Mulugeta Sweghi stated
that their role among other things, has been to support the state and nation at large, disclosing that CRS has the largest presence of refugees (over 75%), adding that these are refugees the Nigerian government has received and provided assistance for whereas UNCHR has come into the support capacity under the leadership of the state’s
authorities. Also present at the event were the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Joseph Bassey,
former Director-General, CRS Public Health Development Agency (PHDA), Dr. Betta Edu, members of staff, office of
the wife of the Governor, representatives of Ministry of Information, CRBC; NTA; Channels TV; Voice of Nigeria; News Agency of Nigeria among others.

Wife of Cross River State Governor, Dr. Linda Ayade has expressed readiness through her office and non-profit organization, Mediatrix Development Foundation (MDF) to further the partnership with United Nations towards the success of the Spot Light Initiative Program (SLIP) to be implemented in the state. The Governor’s wife stated this recently when a team from the UN paid her a courtesy visit in her office during which she learnt that Cross River State is one of the States chosen to benefit from the SLIP, other states being Ebonyi, Adamawa, Lagos, Sokoto
and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. SLIP’s focus is on violence against women and children. Briefing the Governor’s wife, the Head of UNFPA Sub Office, South South/South East, Mr.

Kenneth Ehouzou stated that the visit was to intimate her of the full day engagement meeting with Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) regarding the Spot Light’s activities to be carried out in CRS. The initiative was launched in 2017 to address all sorts of violence against women and girls in line with 2030 agenda and to be
implemented by different agencies including UNFPA and UNICEF. Speaking on MDF’s partnership with the
United Nations, the Chief Operating Officer, Mediatrix Development Foundation, Mr. Jeffrey Adamade said that it has been a wonderful experience especially with UNFPA and that they are currently working with United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) implementing the livelihood project for Cameroun refugees in Cross River and Benue states. In a vote of thanks, the former Special Assistant to the Governor’s wife on Administration, Mrs. Philo Inyang appreciated the UN Team for choosing Nigeria as one of the African nations, as well as CRS as one of the states in Nigeria to benefit from the Spot Light Initiative program of the UN.


Wife of Cross River State (CRS) Governor, Dr. Linda Ayade has pledged through her office, her NGO, the Mediatrix Development Foundation (MDF), as well as the state government to continue to do her best towards the fight to
eliminate malaria disease from the state. Mrs. Ayade made the pledge recently when members of the National Team on Malaria from Abuja and Cross River State paid her a courtesy visit in her office. Dr. Ayade who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, CRS Ministry of Health, Dr. Joseph Bassey, expressed appreciation to the team for intimating her on the work done so far towards malaria elimination in the state and also for finding her worthy to be invested as the Malaria Elimination Champion of Cross River State. Earlier in his remarks, the Director, Public Health in the CRS Ministry of Health, Dr. Iwara Iwara who led the team congratulated Mrs. Ayade for her assumption of office as the wife of CRS Governor for the second term, adding that the purpose of their visit is to let her know that state government has commenced the mass distribution of nets for the year 2019 across the 18 LGAs of the state prior to the flag off campaign which had since taken place at Ikot Nakanda, headquarters of Akpabuyo

Highlighting the work done so far by the team, the Malaria Logistics Adviser, Global Health Supply Chain
Procurement and Supply Management, Abuja, Mr. Godson Kingsley said that they were in the state in January to conduct a micro plan exercise and they went to all the LGAs and wards harnessing some critical information
that will enable them develop early land mass distribution campaign budget which will also help them to identify
other resources required to smoothly implement the campaign.

Wife of Cross River Governor, Dr. Linda Ayade has congratulated the women of state for a job well done in ensuring
the victory of Senator Ben Ayade at the polls during the 2019 general elections. Mrs. Ayade felicitated them during the Luncheon/Dinner held recently at Peregrino Hall, Governor’s Lodge after the swearing in ceremony of Prof Ben Ayade and Prof. Ivara Ejemot Esu as Governor and Deputy Governor of CRS respectively for the second term in office. The Governor’s wife maintained that the Cross River State women’s fight was not in vain as they have seen the
manifestation of all their collective efforts in the inauguration of her husband as Governor of CRS which made her very proud of them. In the same vein, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Barr. Tina Banku Agbor and the
one-time Women Affairs Commissioner and former member representing Calabar Municipality in the Cross River State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Uduak Akiba also lent their voices to congratulate and appreciate Prof Ben Ayade
and his dear wife Linda for their giant strides in the state, adding that it was another victory for Cross River State women.

Speaking in an interview, the former Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Barr. RoseMary Archibong described the inauguration day as an epoch-making day in the Events Diary history of CRS while the former Commissioner for Lands and Urban Development, Dr. John Inyang, an Associate Professor of Mathematics said he was excited about the victory of Governor Ayade at the polls. Both the former State President of Cross River Women Emancipation Initiative (CROWEI), Mrs. Kate Ajibike and another woman leader, Mrs. Kate Ugim congratulated Cross River women for being phenomenal all through the
campaign period and for doing a good job by coming out en masse to vote for Governor Ayade thereby contributing more than 50% of their voting strength.

The wife of Cross River State Governor, Dr. Linda Ayade has admonished the family of former member representing Obudu State Constituency in the Cross River State House of Assembly, late Rt. Hon. Stephen Ukpukpen to
remain focused on the Almighty God who will never let them down. Mrs. Ayade gave the admonition recently during
the first year remembrance mass of the deceased at St. Charles L’wanga Parish, Essien Town, Calabar. Also speaking, the former Speaker, CRSHA, Rt. Hon John Gaul Lebo described the late Rt. Hon. Ukpukpen as a very good man,
disclosing that he spent most of his childhood years with Steve. He expressed thanks to God that his wife has been
able to put herself together and seeing her reminds them that her late husband, Steve was such a good man among his other virtues. In his remarks, the former Governor of CRS, Senator Liyel Imoke stated that “death is one of those
vacuums that you cannot fill”, noting that “Steve has been particularly close to me, his passage was sudden and unexpected but we give glory to God for his life and for everything he did while on earth”.

The Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Malachi Ephraim had earlier in his exhortation based on Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47, Ephesians 1:17-23, Matt 28:19-20b and Luke 24:46. Apart from the wife of the State Governor, Speaker and Members of CRHA,
other attendees were ex- State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, Senator Gershom Bassey and the former Special Adviser to the Governor on Religious Matters, Rev. Fr. Bob Etta. According to him,’ it is difficult to lose a spouse
especially a husband for life is never the same as the wife has to play the role of a mother and father at the same time. He therefore enjoined all to keep in touch with the wife and children and continue to up hold them in prayers. On her part, the wife of the deceased, and member representing Obudu state constituency in CRSHA, Hon. Abeh Stephen Ukpukpen expressed appreciation to all who participated in the one year remembrance mass of her late husband, noting the need for appreciating God who has sustained them for the past one year and has given them peace, as well as granted her the opportunity of being gainfully employed by Governor Ben Ayade.

She also expressed thanks to Prof Ayade and former Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke for being there for them and to all who have been very supportive, Events Diary praying God to bless them immensely. She further expressed thanks to the people of Obudu for giving her the privilege to serve them for the remaining part of her late husband’s tenure in the CRSHA, while giving thanks to God for the situation they have found themselves.

Wife of Cross River State Governor, Dr. Linda Ayade has commissioned and declared open the GFO Orim Foundation Skills Acquisition Center for use by the people of Okweriseng community in Obudu Local Government
Area of the State. She appreciated all the women who turned out in their numbers to welcome her, while also thanking the foundation’s trainees and members of the community for the warm reception, as she was very enthused to be part of the occasion to herald the skills acquisition center for use by the community. Earlier in the welcome
address on behalf of the management of GFO Orim Foundation skills acquisition center, the Legal Adviser, Barr. O. R. Ogboaka expressed appreciation to Dr. Linda Ayade for finding time to commission the acquisition center. Barr. Ogboaka disclosed that the foundation is a NGO founded and established in September, 2017 by the initiative of
Hon. Martin Orim, Chief of Staff to the State Governor after due consultation with his siblings to immortalize their father, late Mr. Gabriel Francis Ogbang Orim, an accomplished educationist, philanthropist and precursor of informal and adult education within the rural communities of Ukpe, Alege and Ubang group of villages in Obudu LGA of CRS.

He further stated that the Foundation which is a Notfor- Profit Organization, recruited more than 120 people for training in various vocations while it was inaugurated on the 12th of September, 2017 by Senator Rose Oko and Rep
Legor ldagbo during their campaign tour in the political ward. It has a board of trustees and partners with other existing similar bodies in Nigeria. He maintained that the organization provides social and humanitarian
services to indigents and vulnerable people of the society, especially the widows, orphans, physically challenged and
the very poor, adding that the foundation has in the last one year (2018) provided wheel chairs, clutches, clothes, exercise books, bursary awards to students in secondary/tertiary institutions within Alege, Ukpe and Ubang
communities to actualize the dreams and aspirations of their late father, Mr. GPO Orim. In separate interviews with
some of the trainees/beneficiaries, Mercy Ateb, Jennifer Ochu (hair dressing), Okang Godfrey, Aleh Sunday
(plumbing) Catherine Orim (fashion designing), expressed thanks to the founders of the

The wife of the Governor of Cross River State, Dr. Linda Ayade has commended members of Bebuabong Wives
Association, Calabar branch for their benevolence in reaching out to the less privileged in the society through their
philanthropic services. Mrs. Ayade made the commendation recently when members of the association paid her a
courtesy visit at the Government House, Calabar. Dr. Ayade thanked God that the meeting has finally come to be, for they had desired to see her before now which was not possible due to circumstances beyond their control. She
expressed appreciation to the women for being concerned about her and her welfare, referring to them as “my brothers’ wives,” while thanking them for their thoughtfulness, love, prayers and support. According to her, the
goodness of the heart is not measured by how much one is able to give rather it is the mind with which it is being
given that matters, adding that even if it is one person’s life that will be touched by their gift items, it will go a long way to helping that life. She therefore pledged her support to the group, saying that she is part of them and
enjoined them to convey her greetings to other members of the group who were not present at the courtesy visit and informed them that they can always reach out to her whenever the need arises. In earlier remarks, the President of the association, Mrs. Virginia Adie highlighted some of the achievements of the association and further disclosed that they are sponsoring some indigent children in the senior secondary school.

In a vote of thanks, Mrs. Felicia Ndelikwo thanked Dr. Ayade and her husband, Governor Ayade for the giant strides recorded in the state

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