Cross River State Government (CRSG) today marks the World AIDS Day with an endurance walk in Calabar, Cross River State Capital.
The walk which started at the Millennium Park (11-11 Roundabout) was parked with members of the Mediatrix Development Foundation, Lafarge Africa, fhi360, Heartland Alliance International, UNFPA, MIDC, LOPIN 3, Big Qua Girls Secondary School, CRSPHCDA, Cross River State Ministry of Health, News Press, and lots more, encompasses through Calabar Road to IBB Way down to Marian Road and later terminated at the Calabar Municipal Council where the Christmas Village is sighted.
Getting at the Christmas Village, the architect of this year’s event, the Wife of the Cross River State Governor, Her Excellency, Dr. (Mrs.) Linda Ayade engulfed by her husband, Governor Ben Ayade declared opened the ground and said, “This place (the Christmas Village) will serve as an avenue for Cross Riverians to be able to make ends meet during this festive periods.
“I therefore urge all Cross Riverians and inhabitants of the state to utilise this place in lieu of what it’s opened for”, he added.
Dr. Ayade latter declared the Christmas Village opened in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost.
Dr. Ayade, her husband and the entire team departed to event ground where lots of activities was displayed inclusing the drama from NYSC and goodwill messages from the sponsors and supporting organisations.
After the opening prayers, the Director-General of Cross River State Agency for the Control of AIDS (CRSACA), Rose Inyambe gave her remarks followed by Dr. Linda Ayade, DG CRSPHCDA, Dr. Betta Edu. The Director from UNFPA also gave his remarks as directed by the Director-General in New York.
Representative of Lafarge Africa, Mrs. Folasade Ambrose, Dr. Ayukov from fhi360, Dr. Ngozi Noel from Society for Family Health (SFH), Dr. Abang of Heartland Alliance, Country Director of LOPIN 3 bonded by USAID to provide support for Cross River and Ebonyi State gave their remarks respectively.
Remarks were also given by Ibiang Esu, State Coordinator for Health Finance and Governance, Representative of Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Cross River State Chapter and the representative of Civil Society for HIV/AIDS.
Summarising the event was the digital Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Senator Ben Ayade whose last speech also acted as the closing remark for the day. Meanwhile, most of the remarks were based on the preventive and supportive measures to eradicate or reduce the rate of HIV/AIDS in the nearest future.