If you ask Senator Liyel Imoke, the Cross River State governor at any time of the day who is the most hardworking between women and men, the sure response you will get is – women.
The governor beliefs quite rightly that, Cross River women are very enterprising and hardworking and a clear testament to that are the Apiapum women in Obubra, the central senatorial district of the state.
They troop out every morning on foot from Ofodua and and Apiapum to Iyamoyong where the red earth provides good fertile land for crops to grow. There, they plant maize, cassava, plantain, yams and orkra.
And at the end of each day at about 5 pm when they are returning home, of course not with empty hands; this time with fire wood, cassava, and other food crops for their families and these are piled into rickety Peugeot 404 pick-up vans and they climb atop of their stuff on the van in spite of the risk.
‘Several accidents have happened here with some of the women losing their lives yet, what do they do? Their families must feed and children must be sent to school so they take the risk”. Macdonald Ekpe, a native of Apiapum told CrossRiverWatch.
One of the women who spoke to our reporter said, “We do not think that government is meant for us. This is what we must do to take care of our families. God will keep us and continue to guide us. If we don’t take the risk, how are we going to live and carter for our families?
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