By Archibong Jeremiah
The Cross River State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade has described the State Branch Chairman of the Nigeria Institution of Surveyors, NIS, Dr. Njar Gertrude Nnanjar as a hard working woman that can compete with men fervently.
The Governor made the assertion while speaking at the 2015 induction ceremony of the Calabar Sport Club 1898 over the weekend at the Club secretariat, were 41 new members were inducted.
Ayade who was represented by his deputy, Prof. Ivara Esu said: “I congratulate Dr. Gertrude Nnanjar, the only woman being inducted today. She’s a strong woman that can compete with men; she’s a hard working woman. I congratulate her specially”.
He assured members of the Club that the present administration in the state led by, Senator Ben Ayade, is in love with sports but could not take on the charge of ensuring the National Sports Festival hold as scheduled because as at the time they came on board “we had challenges of workers salary and we couldn’t let go of that for the festival, that is not to say we don’t support sports,” he said.
He said he was impressed with the level of discipline exhibited in the club and encouraged members to be steadfast in maintaining the club rules and regulations. Assuring that, “We are solidly behind the club”.
On his part, the President of the Club, Dr. Romanus Eriom in his speech revealed that, “The induction of new members has become necessary as age, retirement, transfer/relocation, changing economy, ill health and death have taken a toll on the membership, financial and developmental strength of the club.
“In line with the changing world and change in Nigeria, the club is also changing in all aspects, gone are the days when majority of the club members were civil servants, today membership is open to all responsible Nigerians, foreigners and co-operate bodies in different fields of life, with strong affinity to sports, socials, business, club, human and community development,”.
In conclusion, Dr. Romanus charged the club members to, “Maintain the club constitution, we expect from you all a very high level of discipline, self respect and respect for others. Be reminded that this club is non-ethnic, non-religious and non-political.”
Those inducted include: Prince Goddy Jedy Agba (honorary member, represented by the State PDP Secretary Godwin Etta), Effa John Esua, Eme Anselem Onyebuchi, Musa Ayuba Ambije, Uche Osondu Anyanwhu, Olaoye Tunde, Ogungbe Tunji Oludele, Charles Nwokoye Ekweobi, Ntufam Hayford Solomon Edet, Prof. Gabriel Ujong Ikpi, Assistant Comptroller of Custom B. B. Uket, Uguma Michael Monjok and Kelly Ayamba.
Others are: Eyo Oboko Oku (Surveyor General of the State), Justin James Nyah, Manyo Ogar Enagu, Deputy Commissioner of Police Akpenyi Bernard, Sunday John Ekoh, Etubom Archibong Irombar, Emmanuel Alfred Inam, Etim Okon Cocoa-Bassey, Kiri-Kalio Owupele Biodum, Uzor Chris, Ike Kelechi, Njoku Chukwuemeka and Chief Peter Igbodor and several others.
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