No Cross River Government Website Is Functional As ICT Commissioner Promises To Revive Them

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By Ushang Ewa

Home pages of some of the websites
Home pages of some of the websites

Months after the Cross River state, Governor Ben Ayade created a full fledged Ministry of ICT in Cross River State, findings by CrossRiverWatch reveal that almost all state owned websites and their affiliates are either left for long durations without updates, or not functional at all while others have bugs and coding errors.

The official website of the state government which is www.crossriverstate.gov.ng when visited severally over the course of one month showed only a few press releases from the government, a profile of the governor, Benedict Ayade and his wife, Linda Ayade and a photograph of the deputy governor, Ivara Esu while every other thing was from the past administration.

The Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs dropdown menu is outdated with those functional under governor Liyel Imoke still displayed with newly created ministries such as ICT, Transport, Power and several others not listed on the site. Some links when clicked, displayed a page ridded with coding errors.

Also, the Commissioners list is outdated as none displayed on the site is still in office as all vacated office with their principal, former governor Liyel Imoke.

The Carnival Calabar Queen site could not be accessed as the domain had been flagged by the host seemingly for failing to renew subscription.

Also, the official carnival website had no information regarding the 2015 carnival with the festival website the only one functioning with a few events uploaded to the site which still had features of the 2014 festival dominant.

State owned media affiliates like The Giant Strides and Mofi News links embedded on the state website failed to open severally and when opened, displayed nothing.

The ICT Commissioner, Ofu Ayia when contacted on telephone, thanked this reporter for showing interest in the affairs of the state. He acknowledged the websites were down but quickly added the reason why.

He said that, “yes they are issues and this is due to several technical issues which began with a thunder strike in some ICT installations but they are been fixed and will be updated soon”.

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7 commentsOn No Cross River Government Website Is Functional As ICT Commissioner Promises To Revive Them

  • Governor Ayade,

    I expected you to act swiftly and decisively to address problems with the state agencies found wanting in the performance of their duties such as the moribund ICT.

    Regrettably, you have failed to do something about the ICT under Ofu Ayia.

    Unfortunately, the absence of functional state website has stymied the publicizing of your government activities.

    Governor, what are you gonna do with the ICT?

  • What has thunder strike got to do with web site? Is the ICT centre the one hosting the site? or its only uploading the needed material to the said web site. That upload can be done from even siting down at the comfort of my home. We have enough Cross Riverians ICT gurus in web and networking and other ICT fields who will be willing to serve the state well in all the needed structures in the state.

  • Hon. John Gaul Lebo, Speaker of Cross River State House of Assembly is a very busy man as he attends most state and private functions which may have left him with less time to attend to moribund state agencies.

    One of the failed state agencies is the ICT. Regrettably, the CRS website under Mr. Ofu Ayia, ICT Commissioner, has cease to exist. He was informed by the CrossRiverWatch according to a January 19, 2016 article that the state website is down which he acknowledged saying that it was “due to several technical issues which began with a thunder strike in some ICT installations but they are been fixed and will be updated soon.” Mr. Ayia, do you think that you know more than the public with such a lame excuse? Well, it has been five (5) months now and still you have done nothing to get the website up and functioning. Do you not have the knowledge and experience to run ICT agencies?

    The Cross River State House of Assembly should summon Mr. Ayia to appear before them to explain why he has failed to setup a functioning website since his appointment.

    Having a functional website has many advantages to the government and the public as it can be used to market the state, publicise government activities such as the superhighway and garment factory, provide contact information (names and phone numbers) of government workers and agencies, etc. I urge readers to visit Akwa Ibom state website at https://www.akwaibomstate.gov.ng/ to see the good work they have done. Their website contains a lot of useful information about their government, state and is always functional.

    It is time for Gov. Ayade to reassign Mr. Ayia without further delay and appoint an experienced person who has worked in ICT and who can get the state website working again in a very short time. Better yet, subcontract the responsibility to an experienced private website developer and hosting firm(s).

  • The Cross River State official website at formerly http://www.crossriverstate.gov.ng displayed a message “CROSSRIVERSTATE.GOV.NG is in the Parking Zone” when I visited the site today Monday, May 2, 2016.

    Gov. Ayade, I personally call on YOU to PLEASE bring the website online? It is very embarrassing that the state has NEVER had a functioning website since your assumption of power as governor. Also, it is time you replace your ICT staff!

  • The Cross River State official website at formerly http://www.crossriverstate.gov.ng displayed a message “CROSSRIVERSTATE.GOV.NG is in the Parking Zone” when I visited the site today Monday, May 2, 2016.

    Gov. Ayade, I personally call on YOU to PLEASE bring the website online? It is very embarrassing that the state has NEVER had a functioning website since your assumption of power as governor. Also, it is time you replace your ICT staff!

  • Whom are you kidding, Mr. Commissioner?

    The reason you gave for lack of functional or outdated government websites is nonsensical. You know very well that you are lying! The reason why you have not built any website yet is not because of “thunder strike”!

    The public expect all public servants including inept ones to tell the truth ALWAYS! The public are NOT fools.

  • “yes they are issues and this is due to several technical issues which began with a thunder strike in some ICT installations but they are been fixed and will be updated soon”

    is this commissioner related to Lia Muhammad? because this kain lie na wao

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