SENSITIZATION ON GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS FACILITATE YOUTH EMPOWERMENT – ASUQUO EKPENYPONG JNR.
Last Updated on September 14, 2021 by Faith Ezeh
Sensitizatizing and providing young people with information and skills for making informed decisions about their lives, as well as creating access to resources and opportunities that enable them realize the right to fulfill their
potentials remains key in today’s challenging world. Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Asuquo Ekpenyong Jnr, made this assertion while responding to testimonies from youths across the State that have benefited from the recent
Federal Government Survival Fund Programme Micro Small/Medium Enterprise which includes, Payroll Support
Guaranteed Takeoff and MSME Grant.
He noted the importance of sensitizing the citizenry but lamented that often times, “Inadequate sensitization has been the bane of our people ‘s huge disadvantage in benefiting from the Federal Government numerous projects and
programmes that they, in most cases, miss out completely” , he revealed. While thanking the government for ensuring that all the 18 local government areas in the State had Beneficiaries, the Commissioner applauded the idea of setting up free Centers across the State, stating that, it afforded opportunity for all the people of the State to utilize
the Cross River slot. It is most heartwarming to read messages of appreciation from excited Beneficiaries who
described the Commissioner as , “God sent in these harsh times. One of them, Mr. Duke Effimi said enthusiastically
that the wonderful push from Asuquo Ekpenyong came as a surprise because most of them, still, have not known him in person. Describing the Commissioner’s kind gesture as one that would not be forgotten in a hurry, Effimi called on other political leaders to emulate him.
Also, Mr. Simon Umeri, Ogoja Coordinator who described Asuquo Ekpenyong Jnr, as a Role Model with a kind heart, thanked the State Governor, Sir Ben Ayade for finding Asuquo Ekpenyong worthy of service.
SSA ON SOCIAL NETWORK LAUDS AYADE FOR ENCOURAGING INFORMATION SHARING
The Senior Special Assistant to the Cross River State Governor on Social Networking, Florence Obi Anyia has lauded the Governor, Sen. Ben Ayade for creating the department for social media networking in his administration.
She made the commendation in an interview with the MOFINEWS correspondent in her office in Calabar. According to her, “social networking is veritable tool to connect the world with the State especially on the industrial and Agro-based policies and programmes of the State government in the 21st century”.
“Social networking has created a window to showcase the potentials that abound in the State in the areas of industrialization and Agro-based policies of the State government”, she added.
While commending the Governor for being so passionate on the need for social media connectivity with the outside world, she said, that there is a lot to gain in social media networking.
This has provided ample opportunities to Let the world know the potentials of the State, through several media
content. Anyia said, “my office as a Senior Special Assistant on social networking hashelped to re-invigorate the social governance structure and linkages between government and the public”. The office, she said, amongst other issues is enhance the interface with the public so as to harness the energy from the social atmosphere and present the policies/programmes of the State government in a credible light.
The State, she added, has been projected in and outside the world through the various network platform. Wherever, you can goggle Cross River State government information at your finger tips.
Governor Ayade “Our Digital Governor” is a committed and seasoned administrator of our time. Cross Riverians are blessed to have him as the Governor.
Anyia said, “his vision and dreams have launched the State into another limelight, adding that “any leader who does not recognized the importance of social networking is yet to start”. While commending the State Governor for his
industrialization strides, she appeals to Cross Riverians to give him the maximum support and cooperation.
Anyia who described Ayade “as an exceptional leadersaid he has surpassed his predecessor in the areas of establishment of industries across the 18 local government areas of the State”. With this singular achievement, “we are proud of him and urged him not to relent.
“Some of these achievements when completed and commissioned shall change the story of Cross River State from a Civil Service State to an Industrialized State, she added”. She therefore urged the Governor to be focused and committed and should not be distracted in his quest to re-writing the story of the State.
She commended the Governor for encouraging the development of agriculture and called on him to do more by ensuring the farmers are empowered with farming implements.
“By so doing, he is indirectly building the economy of Cross River State and the nation in general.