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Biase Local Government Area

Biase Local Government Area is in the Southern Senatorial District of Cross River State. The headquarter is located at Akpet Central.

There are ten wards in the Local Government Area, namely:

  1. Umon South
  2. Abayong
  3. Akpet/Abini
  4. Biakpan
  5. Erei North
  6. Erei South
  7. Ikun/Etono
  8. Agwagwune/Okurike
  9. Umon North
  10. Adim

Down the ages, great nations and political domains were powered by certain conditions and features. In the Nigerian situation, local political administration or what could be better described as Local Governments arose under the impetus of internal and external dynamics and ingenuity of the helmsmen.

It is note worthy that in societies that became great or are heading for greatness, men on the saddle nursing the vision of commitment for the people, those versatile in creative ideas and activities are often given pride of place.

Hon Gabriel Egari has been the man in the saddle of Biase LGA whose wonderful antecedent as a leader with the impetus to serve has turned the deteriorating conditions of the area around and given the people cause to smile.

POLICY THRUST
As soon as he assumed office, Hon Egari outlined the problems of the people and observed that following the scourge of disease which was taking life almost on a daily basis, the health of the people would be a priority. Indeed, Hon. Egari made the provision of a good health care delivery system, the main policy objective of his administration that could best be sustained thus:

Health
Priority attention was given to the construction and furnishing of four (4) Health Centres in the area. The Akparavuni and Ijom Abayong Health Centres have been completed. Staff quarters and a VIP Toilet have been constructed at the Ijom Abayong Health Centre. Those projects have since been completed and area awaiting commissioning. In the same vein, the construction of another Health Centre at Oko-Ekffime Okurike has been completed.

To further affirm the administrations's commitment to the Health care delivery system in the area, council procured some 15,000 antenatal cards and distributed to all Health Centres in the Local Government Area.

The council also undertook the funding and monitoring of the last immunisation exercise in the area. As a result of this exercise, over 35,000 children were immunized. This remarkable feat in Health Care Delivery System and the effort of the council in ensuring a down-to-earth immunization exercise, placed it as one of the best in the last two phases of the National Programme on Immunization.

Transportation
as part of its efforts in ensuring grassroots development, the Honourable Egari-led Council undertook the construction and rehabilitation of roads and bridges to ease transportation difficulty and ensure speedy development of the interior areas.

For instance, the 18 kilometre Ikum-Etono central road and the 6 kilometre Unigban-Etane-Uwana-Afikpo link bridge was constructed by the council. It also repaired an outboard engine boat at the Umon Island and purchased 8 (eight) vehicles for both the mass transit scheme and official use. Ongoing construction works at the council area include the 18 km Usumutong-Ijom-Abamba-Abredang road, the Eho/Ikot Ana road, a 13 kilometre road in which 7 kilometre have been graded and laterited, as well as the Akpet Central-Okurike road that was some 30 percent completed before the state government's take over of the project.

Education
The Hon. Egari-led council has not left any stone unturned in the educational upliftment of Biase people. Recently, his administration awarded bursary and financial assistance to 456 (four hundred and fifty six) students of Biase origin in higher institutions of learning. It also undertook the completion of the Council's Education Authority Office at Akpet Central. The project which has reached roofing stage will be completed soon.

The administration is also embarking on the construction of a five classroom block at Akpet Central, the council headquarters. It also procured exercise books for primary schools in the area in keeping faith with the educational upliftment of the people through the Federal Government Universal Basic Education Scheme (UBE).

The council also considered the plight of disabled scholars. The Women Development Centre of the Council in this regard undertook the procurement and distribution of exercise books to disabled persons in secondary schools. The council further awarded scholarship and procured wheel chairs and crutches for an SS I disabled student as well as others.

Agriculture
To uplift the living standard and provide a sound orientation of self realisation, Hon. Egari paid attention to the state government pineapple project. This it did with the procurement of nine (9) lorry load of suckers for the pineapple farm at the council secretariat at Akpet Central.

Commerce/Finance
Hon Egari went to into the rehabilitation of existing assets including the 13 (thirteen) open market-stall spread across the the Abrijang market as well as put finishing touches to the Market Master's Office.

Information
Information dissemination considered one of the options to educate, inform and sensitise the people on the development strategies of government, the council resolved to ensure that information dissemination mechanism are taken to the grassroots. It is against this background that the council procured such information gathering equipments as video camera, stick camera, public address system and a generating plant which are all being used by the information unit of the council.

General Administration
Projects such as the construction of the council secretariat's gate, perimeter fence (1st phase of about 350 metres with a gate house), rehabilitation of council's political office block as well as the finishing of the office of the supervisors were undertaken by the council and are either completed or are nearly completed.

The council also embarked on the printing of certificate of origin, procured a vehicle for the legislative arm and repaired 4 council cars (two station wagons and a 504 saloon car) and a Primary Health Care (PHC) official Four Wheel Drive.

Security
Poised to stem occurrence of boundary skirmishes (both inter and intra), Hon. Gabriel Egari resolved to fund conflict resolution strategies. Indeed, the series of meeting it held with the National Boundary Commission (NBC), Abuja, the Abia and Ebonyi State Government counterparts (in Cross River) are clear indications to Egari's resolve for peace. Today there is no noticeable skirmish as can claim lives and properties. At the level of Intra-Communal conflict, the Egari-led administration has re-oriented the people from the obnoxious tradition of fighting. While displaced persons of initial boundary skirmishes have all been settled and rehabilitated.