Monday, 16 July 2018

I would love to be remembered for peoples' life I affected and not CICC - Imoke

Sen. Liyel Imoke, Founder, TBLF during the 8th Career day held at the CICC 

| 16 July 2018 | Ukorebi Esien 

Cross River state erstwhile Governor, Sen. Liyel Imoke has said that he would love to be remembered for his social welfare services, rural transformation projects, and healthcare delivery system among many other people-oriented projects he embarked on as governor of the state, rather than the Calabar International Conference Center [CICC] which he built and commissioned in his last days in office.

The former governor made this known while delivering his opening address at The Bridge Leadership Foundation 8th career day held at CICC in Calabar. During his remarks, the founder of The Bridge Leadership Foundation said he felt disappointed last year when he asked his audience what they think he would love to be remembered for and the audience chorused, CICC.

it could be recalled that Sen Liyel Imoke was criticised for building the CICC during his last days in office as those opposed to this decision by the then-governor said the large sum of monies wasted on the project if pumped into the Tinapa project which is located just opposite the CICC would have gone a long way in revitalising Tinapa and in the long run add to the economic development of the state. They argued that The CICC has no economic value to the state.

Others believed that the former governor executed the CICC project with the sole aim of embezzling money using the CICC project as a subhead. They are other groups who hold the opinion that Sen. Imoke was looking for an avenue where his name can be attached to a standing structure. Just as Donald Duke easily comes to mind, when you mention Tinapa, Marina resort, Obudu ranch resort and other sites in Calabar.

If the later school of thought will be correct then the Youths who chorused CICC to Liyel Imoke's question of last year, may not be far from the truth.

Notwithstanding, The CICC has become a rallying point when it comes to hosting of standard events in Cross River state has the venue seem to be the best in the state.
The CICC recently played host to the large crowd of young persons who turned out for the 8th Career day organised by The Bridge Leadership Foundation which senator Liyel Imoke is the founder. 
The event which had "Youths and Good Governance: The Future We Want" as its theme held Saturday, 14th of July, 2018.

The 2018 edition of The Bridge Leadership Foundation 2018 gathered youths across Nigeria who sat at the feet of renown entrepreneurs, politicians, activist and career personalities to tap into their wealth of knowledge and experience.

Speakers and facilitators were in the likes of  Sen. Liyel Imoke, former Governor of Cross River State; Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke, Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly; Mr. Tonye Patrick Cole, Group Managing Director, Sahara Group; and Mrs. Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, Founder RISE Network.

Others Speakers included, Mrs. Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri – Executive Director, Spaces for Change; Mr. Hamzat Lawal, Co-Founder/Chief Executive of Connected Development [CODE]; Mr. Paul Nwulu, Program Officer, Power and Participation – Ford Foundation; Mr. Chris Ngwodo, Partner at Salem Advisory Services; Dr. Frankland Briyai – INEC REC, Cross River State and Mrs. Tolulope Adeleru-Balogun, Radio | TV Host | Media Trainer/Consultant Broadcast expert among others.

Over the years, The Bridge Leadership Foundation has directly impacted over 30,000 young people through unique programmes and the continued commitment of individuals, schools, corporate organizations, mentors, sponsors and partners who share our passion in raising generations of transformational leaders.


Ukorebi Esien blogs for The Daily News Ng. where tells the Nigeria story, one article at a time.
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