Sunday, 1 March 2020

Insecurity: Cross River partners EU, ECOWAS, holds First ever Amnesty Summit

CRSG story

Peace and security is an important component in governance and the government of Cross River State are not willing to leave any stone in turn in it's pursuit to see that the state becomes a peace haven in the nation. 

The creation of the Amnesty and rehabilitation Agency by his Excellency, the digital governor of Cross River State, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade was a deliberate act to ensure that total peace and security is achieved in the state. 

In less than a week after the announcement of his appointment as SA Amnesty and Rehabilitation, Mr. Austin Ibok resumed work with the first ever Amnesty Summit held in Calabar. 

The event which was in partnership with the European Union and Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), was aimed at promoting peace across the state. 

While addressing newsmen during the event, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Amnesty and Rehabilitation, Mr Austin Ibok said the program is basically put in place to strengthen peace and harmony amongst the citizenry.

He disclosed that the summit is to have a stakeholders' engagement with all traditional rulers, non actors, heads of group who are incharge of arms and also make sure that there is going to be an alternative source of  livelihood that is going to be granted to anyone that is ready to lay his or her weapons.

According to Ibok "we are actually aware that there are lot of problems in terms of armed robbery, kidnapping, and different level of crimes. This is as a result of non employment. We have put in place mechanisms, and the EU, the ECOWAS have already made the funds available.

"Most of our youths who have been out of school for a while do not have jobs or means of livelihoods, so they now resolve in going into different level of crime for survival.

"This organization believes it is very important to offer those in possession of arms an alternative livelihood and by doing this you'll get to find out that there'll be peace in our dear state when those who are involved in crime surrender their weapons and embrace the alternative means of livelihood".

Mr Ibok also disclosed that "the basic mechanism put in place is by having this engagement. There will be a one on one engagement with the people, and we will also pick those willing to drop their arms for an alternative livelihood and then proceed with a biometric capturing. After which we shall ask them what handiworks they are willing to do."

Also, while addressing Journalists, the State Security Adviser, Chief Ani Esin, thanked the federal government and all partners, adding that it will reduce the number of light weapons that have infiltrated the state.

"Cross River as a state will encourage and support this program especially where this weapons are domiciled. We  will sensitize the people on why it is necessary to drop their weapons for an alternative means of livelihood.

"We will continue to other stakeholders on the Eu/ECOWAS small arms project which is about civilian disarmament and the provision of alternative livelihood for those being disarmed in the community", " he said.



Do you know that that 

Globally, there are over 82, 294 cases as at 28th February and the figure is expected to go up

In China there are 78, 230 recorded cases while death toll recorded have reached 2, 804 

The disease is currently in 48 countries 
With Algeria and Nigeria on the list as the only African countries with the virus. 

What To Look Out For
1. Fever
2. Cough
3. Sneezing
4. Difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath 

Report when you see anyone with such who have been to any of the 48 listed countries

How to Stay Save

1. Maintain a High level of personal hygiene 

2. Wash your hands regularly

3. Wash hands with sanitizers that contain alcohol 

4. When you sneeze do it with a tissue.

5. Do not come in contact with animals that are infected. 

6. Avoid spitting around or coughing into the air. 

Don't fail to report to any medical facility around you when you see anyone with such signs for immediate attention.

— Cross River State Ministry of Health