By Onyeanuna Onyedikachi
The Cross River State Chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has urged Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba to help address the lingering infrastructural challenges in Cross Rivers State.
Chairman of the State Chapter, John Ochala, speaking through the Vice Chairman central, Hon. Cletus Obun, made the plea yesterday, in Abuja, during a solidarity visit to congratulate the former Senator on his recent nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari as Chairman, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
President Buhari, last week forwarded the name of Ndoma Egba to the Senate for confirmation as Chairman of the Commission.
However speaking at the solidarity visit yesterday, Ochala, who decried the stagnation in economic growth and dilapidated infrastructure in the state said, “While you agree that NDDC belongs to the delta’s population, you are aware that Cross River state is the only state in Nigeria that has been relegated thrice.”
He continued, “For the record, Nigeria spent 300 million Dollars in a process that ceded part of the state and never involved any indigene in the exercise. Because of this, we are aware the President has a special purpose for Cross River and your appointment is more like a compensation.”
Ochala while recapping the history of Cross River noted that former Ministers from the state had in the past failed to assist their fellow ‘Cross Riverians’. He urged the Senator to, in view of the ‘losses’, look to infrastructure with particular reference to the road construction, declaring that the road leading to Calabar is a ‘death trap’.
In response, Senator Ndoma-Egba thanked the members for coming and affirmed that the opportunity to serve was a ‘blessing’.
He added that he would continue to represent the state’s interest in line with the mandate, his character, and values.
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