BARRISTER STEPHEN ODEY Ph.D: An Ideal Citizen in the Best Sense of the Word.

By SaintAugustine Adula Odey:

There are always three kinds of people in any given society. These three folds of distinction has been noted and made by notable sociologists and public intellectuals. But these three folds distinction of the three kinds of people, it was first identified and first stated by the supporters and founders of DEMOCRACY in ancient GREECE.

For the Greek people, the people who in many ways gave us the modern civilized world, the first kind of people in any society are the IDIOTS; the idiot is not necessary someone who is mentally deficient, the idiot, they say is one who is a totally private person and a totally self centred person, and a totally selfish person; they called such an idiot.

The idiot is always out for his personal gains and his personal interests. He does not have a public philosophy, has no knowledge, no skills, no character and no virtues to be able to live and to contribute in a flourishing society and community, s/he is all out for his or her personal pleasures and or personal treasures. The Greeks said the idiot is just an upgraded barbarian. The first kind of person is the idiot.

The Greeks also said there is a second kind of people in any given society and the Greeks called these people THE TRIBES PEOPLES. IT IS NOT REFERENCING TO A TRIBE WHICH IS A GOOD THING. What the Greeks meant by ‘TRIBES PEOLPLE’ ARE PEOPLE WITH A TRIBAL AND A TRIBALISTIC MENTALITY, and the GREEKS FURTHER said the tribes are those people who are not able to think beyond their small tribes or their small groups.

For the TRIBES PEOPLE their primary allegiance, there only allegiance, and their ultimate allegiance is to their tribe. Their TRIBE IS THEIR god AND THEIR REILIGION IS TRIBALISM. And the tribes people, the GREEKS said are always afraid of things that are different, that are little alien to them. They are suspicious and fearful, and they always dealt with different people and difficult situations with intimidation, with brute force and with violence and the GREEKS ALSO SAID THE IDEAL TO THE TRIBES PEOPLE IS THE WARRIOR, TRIBES PEOPLE ARE WAR MAKING PEOPLE.


The citizen here is not talking about legal status or political status. We are here talking about the IDEA AND THE IDEAL OF THE CITIZENSHIP.

Who is THE CITIZEN? The citizen according to the GREEKS is someone who has the knowledge and the skills to live a public life; who is able to live a life of CIVILITY, the citizen recognizes thathe or she is a member of a common wealth and thus strives for the common good of the highest majority, that is the citizen.
The citizen knows his or her rights in the society. But he or she also knows his or her RESPONSIBILITIES to THE SOCIETY. The citizen can fight for his rights but always an awareness of and with the respect for the rights and interests of others, of their neighbors, of the smallest of minorities, and of the worst of their enemies, and the citizens the Greeks said, they make and they makeup a civilized society, a society that truly lives up to the MEANING OF THE NAME SOCIETY.

SOCIETY LITERALLY MEANS FRIENDSHIP AND FRIENDLINESS. That is the three fold distinction the GREEKS have given us, that is the best choice that each and every individual wherever he or she may be has to make in our society. It is on this note that I present to you a great citizen you already know, my Ideal citizen, my mentor, my role model, my helper barrister Stephen Odey Ph.D the Executive Chairman of CR-SUBEB and the Acting M.D CRS-Water Board Ltd. Above all a mentee of H.E Senator (Prof.) Benedit Ayade the Executive Digital Governor of Cross River State a very Distinguished Senior Citizen who has excellently mentored his son Dr. Steve well with this philosophy of life: NO RELIGION IS STRONGER THAN PROVIDING A SHOULDER FOR YOUR WEAK BROTHER TO LEAN ON – Prof AYADE.





Governor Ben Ayade has approved the recruitment of two thousand teachers and five hundred security men in a bid to address the dearth of teachers in the basic education sector and beef up security in Primary schools.

Executive Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr Stephen Odey made this known in a briefing with news men today, Friday, 7th September, 2018 at SUBEB, Calabar.

He said the additional 1000 teachers will complement the earlier approved 1000, for which aptitude test had been administered for the recruitment process in 2016.

According to him “from what we experienced when we conducted our personnel audit and our subsequent visits to schools when we go for monitoring and inspections, we discovered that some schools from primary one to six have two or three teachers, which is unacceptable. For us to have qualitative and quality education, teachers are very key. Since we came on board from October 2015 till now, we have recorded over a thousand retirement and death cases, so we needed to replace these teachers. So when I approached him on this, he graciously approved the recruitment of 2000 teachers and 500 security men.”

He continued “recall that in 2016 when we got the approval to recruit 1000 teachers, we conducted aptitude test across the three senatorial districts of the state, but along the line we couldn’t release the results because of the poor financial status of the state. So we will give opportunities to those candidates that took the aptitude test, the results of those who scored 50 and above will be published soon. If they are not up to the two thousand we want to recruit then we can also consider others,” he stated.

While extending gratitude to governor Ayade for this laudable gesture and his continuous support towards the basic education sub-sector, he commended him for creating job opportunities for Cross Riverians.

In his words “This is the first of its kind since the inception of SUBEB, that at a go we are going to recruit 2,500 persons. This is unprecedented, and we as a board want to thank his Excellency for listening to our cry so that we can improve the basic education sub sector. With this approval, 2,500 persons in Cross river state will be taken off street and will be gainfully employed. This is in line with this administration’s policy of providing food on the table of its citizens.” he retierated.

Dr Odey also stated that the governor has approved the immediate release of teachers’ promotions, spanning the period 2009 to 2016.

In his words “this is a backlog of promotions from 2009 to 2016, which was inherited from previous administration. We took it upon ourselves to conduct promotion interview across the 18 LGAs and today on behalf of his Excellency, we are happy to announce that SUBEB will formally release teachers’ promotions. Over ten thousand teachers are going to benefit from this exercise.”

While congratulating teachers for their well deserved promotions, the SUBEB Boss commended the State Chairman, Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Comr. Eyo-Nsa Itam and other Exco members for their understanding and usual cooperation.

He reiterated that SUBEB does not collect any fee for employment purposes or while discharging any of its functions, and further warned the general public to be weary of fraudulent elements who may try to defraud them in the name of SUBEB. He added that anyone who engages in this practice, if caught will be handed over to relevant security agencies.

He urged Cross Riverians to continue to support the Governor Ben Ayade – led administration, describing him as “a man with a great passion to serve.”

Also speaking, the State NUT Chairman, Comr. Eyo Nsa Itam thanked Governor Ayade for keeping to his promise.

According to him, “I am happy that one of the problems of teachers has been solved. I want to commend Governor Ayade for authorising the release of promotion letters which was one of the major aspects of our problems. Today he has shown his love once again for the teaching profession by this gesture. I also want to thank him for the regular payment of teachers salaries and for granting approval for the recruitment of 2000 teachers. For most of our schools the ratio of teachers to pupils is so low, but with this development the ratio will be normalised. Please extend our regards to him that we are fully in support of him.”


Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state has been adjudged one of the 6 best performing governors in Health in Nigeria by the World Bank and the Federal Government.

The award is based on the emergence of Cross River State as the most improved state in Health in the South South geo-political zone.

One state per geopolitical zone was chosen for the award.

Recall that just last Thursday, the Governor bagged Business Newspaper award as the Best performing Governor in Agriculture.

The award on health will be presented to the Governor at the 3rd Thisday policy dialogue holding on Friday at the Yar’Adua conference centre in Abuja.

Vice President Yemi Osibanjo is expected to personally present the honours to the best performing states, a statement signed by Dr. Okara Dogara stated.

The main thrust of the event, according to the statement, is to draw attention to increased function of healthcare in the states towards achieving universal health coverage on a state by state basis.

Under the Ayade-led administration, Cross River has attained several milestones in the health sector, including the significant reduction in maternal mortality.

It also has the highest child survival rate in Nigeria just as it is the first state to have its local government areas declared open defeacation free in West Africa.

The state, which has built and completed the Calabar Pharmaceutical Company and is building three ultra-modern referral hospitals, one in each senatorial district, is on the verge of achieving HIV goal 90 90 90 with Calabar municipality being the first local government in Nigeria to achieve this.

The launch of the universal Health Insurance Scheme known as Ayadecare, to ensure universal health coverage in the state irrespective of economic status, is yet another milestone.

The Ayade-led administration has secured accreditation for the states six schools of nursing and midwifery after almost a decade of non-functionality.

It also provides free healthcare for pregnant women, children, refugees and IDPs in addition to the building and/ or equipping of over 50 Primary and Secondary Health Facilities in the state.

The government is also making available, the Ayadecare mobile Hospitals, one in each senatorial district to cater to hard to reach areas.


By Uchino Amatey

The Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board (CR-SUBEB) has once again escaped the hands of fraudsters after an attempt to defraud the Board’s UBE Matching Grant account of N100M (one hundred million naira) was recently uncovered by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) in Abuja.

The suspects, one Tom Sambo and his cohorts who forged the signature of the Executive Chairman and the Board Secretary met their waterloo in an attempt to get the money from the bank after the bank alerted the EFCC amid suspicion.

Condemning this fraudulent act, The Board Chairman, Dr Stephen Odey has described it as a nefarious act perpetrated against the Board and the State Government. He added that fraudulent activities such as this are calculated attempts to cause problems for the Board.

“See the length people go to commit crime, these people whom I do not know from anywhere forged my signature and that of the Board’s Secretary. If this was not uncovered by the EFCC, tomorrow people will carry stories that the money was withdrawn by the Executive Chairman,” he stated.

Dr Odey commended EFCC for their timely intervention to the situation and for swooping in to stall the fraudulent attempt on the account, thereby vindicating the Board. He said on several occasions EFCC has placed a lien on the Board’s Matching Grant account as a result of frivolous petitions.

On interrogation, one of the suspects, Tom Sambo said he has never met or seen neither the SUBEB Chairman nor the Board’s Secretary.

According to him “to the best of my knowledge and being honest, I have never seen or known any of them in any way, and they both don’t know me in anyway either,” he emphasized.

They suspects who are presently in EFCC detention apologized to the State and the Board while appealing for forgiveness.

“I apologise and kindly ask for your forgiveness towards my habit and action towards your personality and the entire State. Please use your heart and office to forgive my unlawful action,” he appealed.

Meanwhile, the Executive Chairman who is also a legal practitioner has maintained his transparency stance and has warned the general public to stay away from fraudulent activities, pledging that all those who refuse to do so will be made to face dire consequences.

This incident is coming barely two months after the Executive Chairman apprehended a fraudster in the State with four forged award letters for execution of projects amounting to N135 million (one hundred and thirty-five million naira).

The EFCC is getting set to arraign these fraudsters in Court.


By SaintAugustine Adula Odey:

The concept of motivation is a psychological concept which has been described as urge, arousals, drive, energizer or that which spur a person to action and as a powerful activator, without which very little learning, development or productivity can take place.

The understanding of motivation is important, especially when employees receive the necessary help and support that can improve their performance. Motivation leads to purposeful behavior which focuses attention on improvement of skills. It’s also a complex phenomenon which is influenced by multiple variables operating within the organisms and the environment.

Chauhan(1983) explains “motivation as goal-oriented that is believed to affect human behavior in a variety of situations like learning, thinking, perception, creativity and feeling just like any other psychological concept.”

Similarly, motivation is a kind of internal force which arouses, regulates, direct and sustains human action. Having established the obvious fact about MOTIVATION it has become very evidence now like never before how CR-SUBEB has achieved much due to the facts that teachers, learners, and the society is at this particular dispensation of Governor Ben Ayade’s government motivated for quality service delivery.

Barrister Stephen Odey Ph.D has ensured the following for the basic school teachers:

#1. Security, such as freedom from threat of dismissal

#2. Good supervision and monitoring, ensuring quality assurance maintained.

#3. Prestige and recognition of the teaching profession, enthronement of dignity of labour.

#4. Sharing of opinion between management and teachers in establishing objectives, in decision making and problem solving (the rational here is that a person will be strongly motivated to achieve a goal s/he contributed to establish.

#5. In order to promote quality service delivery and productivity in Cross River Basic Schools Dr.(Barr.) Odey Led SUBEB administration has also arrange their priorities from conformity with rules and regulations to the reinforcement of positive behavior through different motivational strategies to meet various needs of the teachers and learners (pupils/students).


The above is the reason that His Excellency, Senator (Prof.) Benedict Ayade will continuously be commended and applauded for putting the square peg in the square hole at CR-SUBEB in the person of H.Es son Dr. Steve Odey.

The support enjoyed from the Governor by the SUBEB Executive Chairman has endeared him to achieve much that are very empirically visible to the blind, such as:

#1. Severally embarked on training and retraining of teachers in the state, and will continue to sustain it.

#2. Provided boreholes and lavatories to Cross River Basic Schools to ensure good hygiene.

#3. Have introduced magnetic boards, table tennis and other sporting equipment to our basic schools to keep our pupils/ students physically and mentally alert/fit.

#4. Have been consistent in the prompt payments of teachers salaries and is on top gear to get other benefits for the teachers as motivation both intrinsically and extrinsically can factor greatly in quality service delivery.

#5. Have introduced a whole school approach, by this a school is totally rehabilitated to ensure better teaching and learning processes, carried out to ensure quality edu-service delivery.


By SaintAugustine Adula Odey

6th April,2018.

The fact that education is the most potent force that drives any nation’s development and advancement can no longer be questioned.

Barrister Stephen Odey Ph.D is with the clear vision for the state basic education sector and is aggressively pursuing the development of teachers professionalism that integrates QUALITY WITH MEASURABLE ACHIEVEMENT INDICATORS.

This is made possible because teachers are the primary facilitators of instruction, motivators of knowledge acquisition and assessors of knowledge. These functions make them the single most important element in the curriculum implementation process.

The quality of teachers in any school system depends largely on the quality of the teachers, due to being guided by quality assurance framework that ensures that competent, qualified and motivated teachers strives for the realization of the educational objectives.

The issue of quality provision of educational services has become subject of discussion by various stakeholders, government and non government organizations, employers of labour, educators, parents and community members. Many are worried about the low quality of teaching and learning in Nigerian schools.

It is in the above light that the Executive Chairman CR-SUBEB Dr.(Barr.) Steve Odey in his avowed commitment to the vision of the Governor of Cross River State His Excellency, Senator (PROF.) Benedict Ayade’s developmental strides is doggedly dedicated to delivering the following deliverables:

#1. Developing in the entire citizenry a strong
consciousness for education and a strong commitment to its vigorous promotion.

#2. Providing free and compulsory, Universal Basic
Education for every child of school-going

#3. Reducing drastically the incidence of early leaving
from the formal school system
(through improved relevance, quality and efficiency).

#4. Catering for the learning needs of young persons
who, for one reason or another, have had to
interrupt their schooling through appropriate
forms of complementary approaches to the
provision and promotion of basic education.

#5. Ensuring the acquisition of appropriate levels of
literacy, numeracy, manipulative, communicative
and life-skills as well as the ethical, moral and
civic values for laying a solid foundation for life-
long learning.

To ensure that the above are continually sustained and the quality assurance in the teaching profession is maintained, Dr.(Barr.) Steve led SUBEB administration has succeeded and uncovered about 1,457 teachers with fake certificates as well as recovering over #100 million monthly for the state from February 2017 till date from ghost workers. Furthermore, about 375 projects across the state have been executed (construction and rehabilitation of classroom blocks), the board has also organized several trainings for the teaching and non teaching staff to boost the standard of basic school education in Cross River State. Finally it is obvious that the SUBEB Boss is constantly monitoring of teaching and learning situations in our schools as well as constant monitoring of projects ensuring that quality assurance is maintained and efficiency sustained.


The Administrator of the Cross River Water Board Ltd, Dr Stephen Odey has expressed his displeasure and disappointment over the high number of leakages attributing to broken pipelines and other factors in the State.

He made this known while taking a tour round Calabar metropolis to identify factors hindering the success of stable water supply in the State.

Expressing his anger and dissatisfaction over the number of leakages, Dr Odey said “I am so shocked and disappointed over the number of leakages everywhere, no matter the type of money you put in to produce water, this alone will affect the supply of water. The situation is bad and embarrassing to the State, there are leakages everywhere, no maintenance, nothing. This is economic sabotage honestly, because if water that is meant for people’s houses is rather on the street, you do not expect people to pay water bills.”

He further expressed disappointment over the level of decay in the system. “Ideally this is supposed to be a self sustaining agency, generate revenue, and collect the money, not always running to the governor to get money to run the Board. If routine checks are not done how you will know the problems confronting the agency,” he lamented.

Dr Odey said steps have been taken to put the situation in check “of course, we are already taking a step and I have given instruction that all the maintenance staff should return to work today and tomorrow to quickly effect repairs on some of the problem areas we visited.

Something must be done, we cannot continue like this. If cases like these happen and you do not correct them even if you pump water you will just be wasting resources,” he emphasized.

The Director of production, Joseph Udo while explaining some problems confronting the Board which contribute to unstable water supply in the state, he said, “Leakages are our major problem after production and we have thousands of them in this town. All the water produced is conducted by pipes to people’s houses, because the pipes where laid some nineteen years ago, so most of them are getting weak. When you pump water into them, the weak points of the pipes break and let out water.

He continued “Secondly, because of the age of the pipes, they are now close to the surface and vehicles go over them, while in some cases because the pipes have been exposed people deliberately break them to get water from there, we have seen instances like that. That is why in most cases once you have leakages especially on the main pipes, the volume of leakage is much and as a result people won’t have water in their houses. We produce so much water but most of it is wasted due to these leakages, “he explained.

The Head of pipeline Maintenance, Engr. John Azu said another challenge confronting the Board is meter theft, he lamented at the rate of theft especially in Calabar South. “Those meters where customised, they were made strictly for Cross River State Water Board, so they had some features such as brass in them. This brass was to aid us when we start automatic billing, so that a car can drive along a street and read all the meters on that street, that is how the meter was designed. But we were still thinking of how to acquire such technology before most of the meters were stolen. So now we are installing plastic meters to avoid theft.

Plant Manager, Samuel Onoyom said the Board has been able to extend water to areas which were lacking in water supply.

In his words “we have been able to extend water to Calabar South up to 8miles junction leading into Ikot Enebong, people have called to confirm that there is stable water. We are praying that we maintain this tempo of production to make sure that our customers enjoy water as much as they can. Presently we have chemicals that have been procured for us, the power line is constant, so with that in place and our dedicated staff we are sure we can now serve the public like we use to do.” he said.

Some of the residents who said they have been without water for a period of months expressed their joy over the restoration of water supply, but however appealed to the government to make the supply stable and fix leakages.

According to Elisha Etuk, a resident of Azikiwe lane “for more than 6 months we have not had water here, we are so happy that water has been restored back to us, which means that the government has not forgotten us here. As we have gotten running water now, maybe we will report to the office officially that our meter was stolen and we have a broken pipe,” he said. He assured that once the meter is installed and pipe fixed he will secure them.

Ansa a resident of Atakpa Street, said “we appreciate the efforts of government because we have not had water for almost three months, but you can see my tenants fetching water today. When we saw the water, we were so happy but unfortunately our pipe is leaking, I am appealing to the government to come to our aid and to also make the supply of water stable.”

The tour which was cut short by the Administrator of The Board, Dr Stephen Odey to enable the Board carry out some emergency repairs on some of the serious cases of leakages, will be continued on a later date to check if those repairs have been effected.

Some of the areas visited include; State Housing Estate, Old Ikang, Asim Ikang, Ibom Layout, Atakpa, Palm street, Azikiwe Lane, Ephraim Street, amongst others.


By SaintAugustine Adula Odey:

5th February, 2018.

The Executive Chairman of SUBEB Barrister Stephen Odey PhD and the board secretary Mr. Cyril Itam with other SUBEB directors visited the site of construction of the British Canadian International School Obudu to ascertain the level of work done and ongoing.

The SUBEB Boss Dr. Odey despite the speedy progress of work at the site still charged the contractors handling the various phases of the job to increase the speed and to deliver on quality job on time scheduled.

Recall that the school shall be commissioned by His Excellency Senator (Prof.) Ben Ayade in May 2018. This frequent visit is to ensure that no stone is left unturned as the governor of Cross River State is committed, determined and doggedly delivering best, qualitative basic education to Cross River and Nigerian children.

The contractors had assured severally and do assured the SUBEB Executive Chairman Dr. Odey again that he and H.E. Senator Ayade the Governor, are not to worry, as all work is in top gear to ensuring job completion on time scheduled, as evidenced in the fact that some of the structures are completed and others near completion.

Dr. Steve Odey, the SUBEB Boss left a technical team on site as he charged them to ensure that quality and standards be maintained and sustained.

The S.A to the governor of Cross River State on Diaspora accompanied SUBEB Boss on the inspection tour.


By Uchino Amatey
Following the commencement of academic activities at the UBEC Model Junior Secondary School, Akpabuyo, the Executive Chairman and Management Staff of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) have paid an inspection visit to the school.
The visit which held today, Thursday 1st February, was to check teaching and learning activities as well as identify and proffer solutions to challenges confronting the school.

Addressing staff of the school, the Executive Chairman SUBEB, Dr Stephen odey charged staff to be committed and live up to their responsibility “I deliberately chose to come here today to let you know certain things that are expected of you as a staff. Like I have always said this place is meant for those who are committed and serious minded.”

While adding that the effectiveness of teachers will lead to the increase in student population, Dr Odey said “ the one in Yala started with a population of 14 students, but due to the quality of education there, they have over a hundred students now. So you need to give your best, parents are withdrawing their children from other schools in Calabar to bring them to the UBEC schools in Abi and Yala.”
“Many people come to my office on a daily basis to beg for jobs, even as a cleaner, but the opportunity is not there. So if you have it, it is your responsibility to take it seriously, because to whom much is given, much is expected. We intend to give the best quality and quantitative education to Cross Riverians. And, I can tell you that all the Board members and Directors that are here today are very serious minded people. We will not compromise our standard for anyone,” he emphasized.

Dr Odey warned that those who are found wanting will be made to face disciplinary action.

 “this is not a place where people stroll in and out. If I call for attendance register and you are not regular to work, just be reassured that you are on your way out. We have given the power to the principal to discipline anyone who is not ready to work here” he said.

The SUBEB Boss called on Staff and the general public to utilise the opportunity and send their children to the vocational school.

According to him “we have three of these schools in the State, Abi,Yala and Akpabuyo. This one in Akpabuyo, 

principally is a vocational school, there will be a lot of trades and skills for learning. We have done some procurement, we are expecting some gigantic equipment here. This is why people should take advantage of this place, what pupils will receive here is more than just a formal education.”

 Board Secretary, Cyril Itam also advised teachers to always ensure that they teach students with instructional materials to aid understanding, adding that where there are none teachers should always improvise and make use of what is available around them.

Also speaking the Director of Admin, Emmanuel Ojong said the UBEC school Akpabuyo,just like its other two schools in Abi and Yala is a fully furnished boarding  school where students will be properly groomed. He further advised teachers to be exemplary and avoid culpable situations.

 “We assure you that we will give you everything you require to the best of our ability and you have to reciprocate by carrying out your duty,” he said.

To ensure a conducive environment for staff and pupils, the Board Chairman has directed the provision of 24 tables and chairs for staff as well as the immediate repairs of the school borehole.


By Uchino Amatey

Cross River House of Assembly (CRSHA) has commended the Executive Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr Stephen Odey for his excellent performance in the basic education sub-sector.

Members of the House made this known during the Board’s (SUBEB) budget defence held today, Wednesday 31st January at the House Assembly Complex. 

While expressing his satisfaction with the Board’s Performance, the Chairman, Budget Defence & Appropriation Committee, Rt. (Hon) Eteng Williams urged the Board to remain committed and to do more for the betterment of the education sub-sector.

The Board received commendation in the areas of project execution, training and re-training of teachers, prompt payment of teachers’ salary, amongst others. 

SUBEB’s proposed budget for 2018 is over N5b; earmarked for project execution, training of teachers, and furnishing of projects, amongst others.