Sunday, 1 March 2020

"We would ground legislative activities, if you don't confirm Ikpeme", group warns C'river Assembly


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Coalition of Civil Society Groups in Nigeria has sent a strongly worded message to the Cross River State House of Assembly through the Honorable Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Eteng Jones Williams.

The letter sent to the lawmakers is premised on the alleged refusal of the state assembly to confirm Justice Akon Ikpeme as the substantive Chief Judge of the state. 

Grapevine sources have it that the nonconfirmation of the lady judge who is constitutionally qualified to be the state CJ as the most senior judge in the state is an order from the state governor who is bent on making his kinsman (the next most senior judge in the state ) the state CJ. 



The communiqué from the coalition reads in full: 


STOP ETHNICITY IN GOVERNANCE, CONFIRM HON JUSTICE AKON IKPEME AS CHIEF JUDGE AND REMOVE THE ILLEGAL OCCUPANTS FROM THE CROSS RIVER STATE CHIEF JUDGE'S OFFICIAL RESIDENCE.

COMMUNIQUÉ, BY COALITION OF CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS IN NIGERIA
In solidarity, the Coalition of Civil Society Groups in Nigeria convened an emergency meeting in Calabar to address some pressing issues that may cause a breakdown of law and order in Cross River State if not urgently addressed. The subject matter for this Emergency meeting/communiqué is to put an end to the ethniticising and Politicization of the confirmation of the Acting Chief Judge of Cross River State and the illegal occupation of her official residence. To this end, we have come to the following resolution while calling on the Speaker of Cross River State House of Assembly and his entire colleagues to respect the rule of law and protect the sanctity of justice and Democracy that;
The acting Chief Judge of Cross River State should be immediately confirmed as the substantive Chief Judge of Cross River State.

The Honorable Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly should refuse to be coerced into frustrating the confirmation of the Acting Chief Judge

The members of the state Executive Council should stop threatening the Honorable members of the State Assembly.

Those illegally occupying the official residence of the Honorable Chief Judge should immediately vacate the building

The Cross River State House of Assembly should not make itself a channel for the perpetuation of illegality and violation of people's rights, rather the Cross River State House of Assembly should remain a channel for the protection of People's Fundamental Human Rights as enshrined in the constitution of Nigeria and African Chattered on Human and People's Rights.
The Cross River State Government (Executive and Legislative Arm) should concentrate on programs and activities that would improve the economic status of the state, promote peace and tranquility and create jobs for the thousands unemployed youths in Cross River State, rather than spending the state's lean resources in vain things that will not yield any profit to the state.

The blatant refusal/ignoring to do the right thing (the above) might create Anarchy, Chaotic and unenabling environment in Cross River State, and as activists/hope of the common man/voice to the voiceless and the consciousness of the Civil Society, we would stop at nothing at mobilizing our members across the state and country at large to block and stop activities in the Cross River State House of Assembly Complex. 




Comrade Iso Bassey Edim             
National Chairman
08063430051

Comrade Anthony Bisong 
Cross River State Chairman
08052459218

Alhaji Comrade Salisu Abubakar         
National Publicity Secretary
09058863012


Charles Okon Etim-Edem        
 State Publicity Secretary
  08059240572



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STAY SAVE, AVOID CORONAVIRUS

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 the 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 Safe

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.


This information is from the Cross River State Ministry of Health


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