- Office Address: Ministry of Justice, MM Highway, Calabar.
- Phone No: 08056317484, 08060670329.
- E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Date of branch inauguration: 1985
1985 – 1987
Chairperson – Mrs. Bridget Odey
Secretary – Mrs. Rosemary Obanya
1987 – 1993
Chairperson – Mrs. Rosemary Obanya
Secretary – Mrs. Geraldine Akpet Ekanem
1993 – 1999
Chairperson – Mrs. Juliana Ofobuche
Secretary – Mrs. Sarah Tateh
2004 – 2009
Chairperson – Mrs. Rosemary Onah
Vice Chairperson – Mrs. Yvonne Paul Izeogu
Secretary – Dr. (Mrs.) Rose O. Ugbe
Assistant Secretary – Mrs. Lucianne Eriom
Treasurer – Mrs. Ama Ekpo
Financial Secretary – Mrs. Etek Alobi
Welfare 1 – Mrs. Lovina Otudor
2009 – 2016
Chairperson – Mrs. Rosemary Onah
Vice Chairperson – Mrs. Mary Adeyemi
Secretary – Beatrice A. Awah
Treasurer – Mrs. Angela Obi
Financial Secretary – Rose Okoi
Welfare Secretary – Mrs. Gloria Ikwang
PRO – Mrs. Gloria Ephraim
2016 – 2019
Chairperson – Beatrice Abongye Awah
Vice Chairperson – Mrs. Angela Moku Obi
Secretary – Mrs. Rekana Owan Isong
Assistant Secretary – Mrs. Patience Egwu
Treasurer – Mrs. Gloria Ephraim
Financial Secretary – Mrs. Tessy Agom
PRO – Mrs. Olive Onah
Welfare – Mrs. Iyeh Safia Ashipu
Chairperson – Angela M. Obi
Secretary – Affiong Onung
2022 – 2024
Chairperson – Ann Alorye Awah
Vice – Chairperson – Elsie Dan Oku
Secretary – Affiong Onung
Asst. Secretary – Doris Nduanusi
Treasurer – Maureen Anaman Nkiri
PRO – Olive Ugo Onah
Asst. PRO – Lorrita Ogu
Welfare Secretary – Deborah Asuquo
FIDA CRS at the Spotlight Initiative Handover/Close Out ceremony 2023 in Cross River State.
Step-down Training and Mentorship Session
On the 29th to 31st August, 2023. FIDA Nigeria, Cross River State Branch was ably represented at a Step-down Training and Mentorship Session for Criminal Justice Actors & Civil Society Observatory Group members in Cross River State, organized by CLEEN Foundation with support from the MacArthur Foundation.
Children’s Day May 27th, 2023
On Friday the 26TH OF MAY, 2023 FIDA Cross River Branch, Paid a sensitization visit to Estate Primary and Secondary School, to flag off her activities in commemoration of the children’s day.
Officially handover the Cross River State General Hospital Female Ward Calabar
FIDA, Cross River State Branch on 19th of April, 2023 was officially handed over the Female Ward of the General Hospital, Calabar. The Ward shall be part of the projects of FIDA Cross River, who shall from time to time handle issues affecting the general look of the Ward. Present were the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Janet Ekpeyoung, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Dr. Pauline Obute, the Chief Medical Director of the General Hospital Calabar, Dr. Kuma.
Courtesy Visit to Cross Rivers State House of Assembly
FIDA Cross River Branch and some CSOs on the 3rd of April, 2023 embarked on an advocacy visit to the speaker of the Cross River House of Assembly, represented by the chairman Judiciary Committee was Hon. Barr. Chris Mbu-Ogar, who spoke on tools for effective Monitoring, Tracking, Releases and implementation of Gender Responsive Budgeting in Cross River. He gave his commitment to the full implementation of the gender budget allocations by MDAs in the State.
At the end of the visit group photos were taken and it was indeed a successful outing
International Women’s Day 2o23
In commemoration of International Women’s day 2023, FIDA Nigeria, Cross River State branch in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs Cross River State, embarked on a City Walk as one of her activities to mark the day.
International Women’s Day 2022
FIDA Cross River State branch in collaboration with other Civil Society Organisations Celebrated International Women’s Day by engaging in a peaceful protest on the 8th of March, 2022. The demands of the protest are as follows;
- Special Seats for Women at the National and State Houses of Assembly
- Affirmative Action for Women in Political Party Administration
- Allocation of 35% Appointive Political Position
- Citizenship to Foreign Born Husbands of Nigerian women
- Indigeneship of Women in Husband’s state after at least five years of marriage.
16 Days of Activism 2020
FIDA Cross River rounding up the 16 days of activism in collaboration with other NGOs. It was a great outing creating awareness against SGBV.
FIDA Cross River Hosts a Stakeholders’ Meeting on the Administration of the Criminal Justice Law
FIDA (Nig.) Cross River Branch rounded off the MacArthur Foundation project on Friday, October 2nd, 2020 with a meeting of the entire Network of the Bar, Bench, Police, and Correctional services in order to achieve effective implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 in the Federal Capital Territory.
On the 30th September 2020, FIDA Nigeria Cross River State branch with support from MacArthur Foundation, organized a stakeholders training to establish a network of the Bar, Bench, Police force and Correctional Service in Cross River State, day 3 was networking with the Magistrates and Judges, they laid emphasize on funding as the major problem of implementing the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJL) 2015 in Cross River State
FIDA Cross River Trains CSOs, Senior Government officials and Parliamentarians on Gender Responsive Budgeting
FIDA Nigeria, Cross River State branch held a training on August 4, 2020 for CSOs, senior government officials and parliamentarians on Gender Responsive Budgeting held at the Chamber of the Cross River State House of Assembly . At the occasion, FIDA and her network of CSOs put forward a set of Advocacy Asks aimed at achieving gender equality and the socio-economic well being of women and girls.
FIDA Cross River at a Stakeholders meeting of Child Protection Network held at the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Social welfare, Calabar on the 6thFebruary, 2018.The meeting was on finding ways to collaborate with other stakeholders for effective reporting system of violence against children. Emphasis was laid on the need for Police Desk Officers in all Police Stations across the State whose duties would mainly be to respond quickly to Child issues.
A 2-Day Consultative Meeting with Stakeholders to Develop Guidelines for Children in Contact with the Law and Child Victim was held on 9th – 10th October, 2017.
The meeting was to work on the Model and Guide, including issues on legal representation for children in Cross River State, the main reasons, cases or circumstances for which children come in contact with the law when accused of an offence, in correctional facilities and as victims. The challenges the children face and what legal services are available to them.
Below, group work being carried out by participants at the workshop
One-day sensitization workshop on Complaints Policy for Borstals and Prisons in Nigeria held on the 13th September 2017
FIDA Cross River attended a workshop which was organized by UNICEF on the management of juveniles in Nigeria. The workshop was premised on an in-depth assessment of the situation of juveniles in detention in cross River State including identification of challenges, as well as recommendations on short to medium-term remedial actions. The purpose is to strengthen juvenile justice system in the state. The participants at the workshop included FIDA, DPP and the Prisons. See below participants at a session of the workshop.
International Women Day Celebration on the 8th March 2018
FIDA Cross River joined other women globally to celebrate the 2018 International Women’s Day. We were invited to talk on a phone in life program on Radio and Television. The discussions were on pertinent issues surrounding the concept of womanhood such as rape, incest, child abuse, female genital mutilation and female sexuality, which despite their profound impact on the lives of women, are unfortunately considered as taboo topics and shrouded in mystery and secrecy. Below, FIDA on a life Radio talk show, 8th March, 2018.
Workshop on the Implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL) 2016 in Cross River State on 16th March, 2018
FIDA Cross River State being one of the States chosen for The Mac-Arthur Foundation Continuing Legal Education Workshop on the Implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, successfully organized the Workshop at the Gomays Plaza Hotels, 90 Atekong Drive, Calabar, Cross River State on the 16th day of March, 2018.
FIDA CRS on the 27th February 2018, paid a courtesy call on the Chief Judge of Cross River State, Hon. Justice Michael Edem, to intimate him on the MacArthur/FIDA Workshop and to invite him and the Judiciary to be part of the training. We used this opportunity to appeal for a waiver on filing fees for FIDA cases involving the vulnerable and indigent persons who are not in the position to pay these fees which were always borne by the Association. The Honourable Chief Judge graciously granted our prayer and immediately directed the Chief Registrar to implement his directives to that effect.
Below is the Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Michael Edem, Hon. Justice Imelda Itape, FIDA Chairperson and members during the courtesy call.
The Workshop was a veritable platform for members of FIDA and other stakeholders in the legal profession to learn, exchange ideas, reflect and familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 as well as the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Cross River State 2016. The workshop recorded huge success as members of the legal profession from the bar and bench were present. The Chairman NBA Calabar Branch, Dr. Emmanuel Idaka who led the NBA executives, gave a goodwill message and welcomed all dignitaries and participants to the workshop.
International Day for Street Children on the 12th April, 2018
FIDA joined other organizations on the 8th April which is declared as International Day for the Street Children to walk with the children through the major streets to create awareness and seek for intervention for them.
The menace of street children is in the increase in Calabar. Some of these children are branded as witches and abandoned by their parents, while some are orphans with no one to care for them.
Below: FIDA Cross River members on a Street walk with Street Children
Below are members at a one day validation meeting on the development of Family Court Procedure Rules held on the 11th April, 2019.