Obasanjo Advices Politicians At Calabar Book Presentation

Former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo gave an advise in Calabar, Cross River State to politicians that politics should not be about life and death.

Obasanjo gave the advice in Calabar, Cross River State at the public presentation of a book titled: Stepping Forward with Uti J.D. Agba, written by Goddy Jedy-Agba and Mathias Okoi-Uyouyo.

He said, “Politics should not be about life and death. If you cannot be the chief servant, you can be the assistant chief servant. This is because the chief servant cannot do it on his own. He has to work with others.”

The former president, who was the special guest of honour, said politicians who failed to win election could help those who won to succeed. He emphasized on the need for all to work together for the development of the people. In his comment, Cross River State Governor, Prof Ben Ayade, said politicians who could not be in power to serve should support those in power.

“Power is like the wind which blows away. In using power, one must do so with the fear of God,” Ayade said.

The governor launched the book for N5m on behalf of the state government and another N5m on behalf of himself.

One of the authors Mr Goddy Jedy Agba said Cross Riverians were one people, hence the need for all irrespective of their background to work towards the development of the state.

He expressed gratitude to all who made the event a success.

Uti J.D. Agba, the Paramount Ruler of Obudu in Cross River State is the longest-serving monarch in Africa and the second longest serving monarch in the world after the Queen of England, having been on the throne for 58 years.

The book was reviewed by Prof Kalu Uka of the University of Uyo.

Dignitaries who graced the occasion included the Etsu Nupe of Nupe Kingdom, Alhaji Dr Yahaya Abubakar; Uti J.D Agba; the Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V; former Cross River State Governor Liyel Imoke; and Senator John Owan Enoh; Special Adviser to the President on Prosecution, Mr Okoi Obono Obla, among others.

Cross River Supports SMEs

The Cross River Deputy Governor, Professor Ivara Esu said the state will create an enabling environment for small and medium scale enterprises to flourish in the state.

He gave this assurance in Calabar when he received the executive members of the Cross River chapter of the Association of Table Water Producers of Nigeria in his office.

The deputy governor said that small and medium enterprises were vital to the growth and development of the state’s economy, hence the need to encourage them for the general well-being of the people.

Professor Ivara Esu promised that the state government would put machineries in place to end multiple taxation of SMEs.

“Over taxation will not allow for prosperity of the SMS businesses in the state. If the issue of over-taxation continues, table water producers and SMS operators will be forced to relocate to other states or to fold up their business. We will not allow that to happen because the SMS businesses have provided employment opportunities to thousands of youths to earn their living,’’ he said.

The state Chairman of the association, Mr Archibong Ironbar, pledged the association’s loyalty and cooperation in the bid to turn the economy of the state around.

Mr. Archibong commended the Cross River state government for ensuring a considerable reduction in cases of water-borne diseases in the state since the introduction of packaged table water.