By CrossRiverDaily Team:
We have come to the last lap [PART IV] of our tour on the “3 Most Performed” young appointees in Governor Ben Ayade’s first term. Just like PART II projected Mr. Asuquo Ekpenyong (ex-Finance Commissioner) as the most performed from Southern District and PART III named Dr. Betta Edu (ex-CRSPHCDA DG) as the most performed from Central District, this PART IV seeks to project the Most Performed young appointee from Northern Cross River State; his/her portfolio, citation, achievements as well as the parameters withwhich we based our assessment.
AWARDEE: Prince Michael Abuo
POST: SA Students Affairs and Youth Mobilization.
Prince Michael Nku Abuo,JP was born in Jos, current Plateau State in the late/mid 80s into the family of late Mrs Mercy Bazunu of the Agbasa extraction who would become an Abuo by marriage (From Warri South Local Government Area in Delta State) and Mr Nku Achong of the Obet Royal family in Odajie (From Mbube in Ogoja Local Government Area).
He attended St Patrick’s College, Calabar, a secondary institution he served as Senior Prefect and furthered his tertiary education at the University of Calabar and bagged his B.Sc in Microbioloy afterwhich he proceded for the compulsory National Youth Service Corp in Oyo State. He is currently concluding his post graduate studies at the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN after which he will commence his doctorate program by 2021.
Prince, as he is fondly called has served in several leadership capacity and amassing over 15 years in leadership and youth related office. During his days in the University of Calabar he served as Senator representing his department at the Faculty of Science Student body, shortly afterwards contested for the Student Union Government Presidency and was asked to step down and went on to be elected unopposed as the Union Director of Information, the mouth piece of the Union and later on as the Deputy Chairman of the caretaker committee of National Association of Microbiology Students, UNICAL.
Before graduating his zeal for service took him beyond student unionism and he contested and won as the Northern Senatorial District Secretary of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Cross River State Chapter as one of the 12 executives, the Umbrella body of Youths in the state. Shortly after which he founded Cross River State currently largest online and offline sociopolitical organization Cross River State Political Network, CRISPON as an advocacy group to fight and speak out on issues affecting the state and as a platform to ensure youth positive mentorship and participation in politics. A group that currently has over 30,000 online membership and upto 10,000 active and passive members across the state.
Through the above platforms, Prince Abuo has pushed for educational reforms, youth development and calls on firms within the state to initiate and implement CSR and employ youths of Cross River State extraction while standing and speaking against all form of social vices amongst youths and hosting sensitizations in secondary and primary school, leading protests within and outside the state for this and other social issues related to Cross River State one of which is the Reclaim Bakassi Rally that contributed to the setting up of the Bakassi Resettlement Committee, etc.
Prince is a youth advocate and activist whose political participation has seen him mobilizing thousands of youths and women for the victory of his party the People’s Democratic Party, Cross River State in several elections. In the previous administration of Governor Ben Ayade he served first as his Personal Aide on Media, and then was elevated to Special Assistant Student Affairs and then as Special Adviser Student Affairs and Youth Mobilization.
Prince is currently the Director General of Cross River State Political Network, CRISPON and was recently, in a consensus chosen as Coordinator/DG of DGs of forum of support groups and community based organizations in Cross River State. He also serves as the South South Vice President of the National Youth Chambers of Commerce, the country’s umbrella commerce body for youths in the federation.
All of the above efforts have led to Prince winning several awards including but not limited to that from the people and paramount ruler of Akamkpa for his [Mich’s] efforts towards developing the youths of the LGA; the National Youth Council of Nigeria, CRS meritorious award of excellence; several student and youth bodies including Student Union Achievers award from University of Calabar. Other international awards won by Prince are: the United Nation-POLAC Justice and …Justice for Peace Award and the United State Government preatigious International Visitor’s Leadership Program, IVLP.
- Initiated the back to book project to deepen reading culture amongst youths in the state and went on campaign across schools both tertiary and secondary leading to improved academic performance amongst secondary school students in the state.
- On an occasion to mark the international student day celebration, campaigned against cutlism, examination malpractice and different form of social vices with students and their leaders in tertiary and secondary institutions taking a pledge against these vices in partnership with educational and security stakeholders.
- Promoted positive spirit of academic competition amongst tertiary institutions by partnering with Fahamu Africa an international NGO to organize essays/quiz to give out cash prices to secondary and tertiary institutions in the state.
- Printed and distributed flyers against all forms of violence amongst youths throughout Calabar and promoted meaningful contributions of youths in the state on the occasion of world science day.
- Facilitated national scholarship via the national scholarship board and international scholarships such as the Chinese and Japanese Scholarship for Cross Riverians.
- Facilitated processes to ensure that Cross Riverians studying abroad and those having financial challeneges got letters of state status to open room for academic grants.
- Mobilized both youths and students to key into the policy directions of the Sen Prof Ben Ayade government by advocacy and sensitization.
- Initiated and still running a platform for youths in the state to learn how to code and write computer programs, a needed skill in this 21st century.
- Via Cross River State Political Network, CRISPON sensitized and mobilized voters across all the wards in the 18 LGA to ensure the re-election bid of Sen Prof Benedict Ayade.
- Facilitated over 100 Cross Riverians in total to benefit from the Fedral Government N-power and market money initiative.
- Currently working with an American based organization to provide a children’s library in select public and private primary or secondary schools in the state.
- Organized/partnered for a one day training program on access to loans/grants in partnership with the Bank Of Industry, BOI, Cross River State.
- To promote personal sanitation amongst youths and the state populace his office organized a one day sanitation and hygiene exercise in partnership with CUDA and they cleaned drinages, cut grasses, emptied waste bins on a stretch in Calabar, etc.
- In partnership with NDDC and Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution organized and facilitated the training of more than 100 Cross River State youths in training on peace, development and conflict resolution (…the name of the international organization in the U.S is Iconic Connect).
- As a means of promoting and deepening the tourism drive and national buy in of your ideals the CRISPON brand mobilized and participated in the Calabar Carnival showcasing your gains during the event.
- Facilitated intervention of students in need of financial assistance and crisis and worked to promote true independence of Student Unionism in the state.
- In partnership with other stakeholders Idelivered my political wards and by extension my LGA-Ogoja which came 3rd place outside Obudu with the highest number of votes.
18. We have engaged in several spiritual christian exercises too via prayers, thanksgiving and praise to ensure your continuous success and protection.
19. Trained over 50 youths in the state with basic computer skills.
As it always has been with media (public) awards, public opinion remains the only parameter for judgement and the same apply in this case at hand.
A few of His Excellency’s appointees from the Northern District were randomly picked and sampled to several persons and groups of persons for comparison.
The result at the end of the day said Prince Michael Abuo is the favourite amongst all in terms of performance and best hand for future engagement especially in the field of youth development and even students engagement for future opportunities.
Congratulations, Prince Michael!