Cross River New Cities Development Board Hold Inaugural Meeting

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By Ogar Monday

Chairman and members of the New Cities Development Board during their inaugural meeting

The Chairman of the Cross River State New Cities Development Board, Mr. KJ Agba has revealed that Cross River State is a “goldmine” and that investors are falling over themselves to invest in the state, which is evident in the number of MOU’s the Governor, Senator Ben Ayade has signed.

Agba also added that work is ongoing at the Army Eco-friendly city; “We have 150 hectares we have already cleared and about commencing development and about a week or two we would start the fencing.”

The Chairman was speaking at the inaugural meeting of the Board, which he said has been up and running before the meeting, and will put hands on deck to ensure all round development of the state.

The Chairman clarified that the duties of the Ministry of New Cities Development is to development urban centers and that of Social Housing is to provide affordable housing.

He doused fears on speculated rifts between the Ministries and Boards, saying “All of us are supposed to work for the progress of the state and not personalizing anything. If we are all working for the same government why should we fight? It is when we take it personal that we begin to fight each other.

“I have been to other ministries and even to the garment factory and all we seek is collaboration towards the development of the state. Those fighting are being personal and petty.”

Also speaking, the Executive Secretary of the Board, Mr. Oyube Attoe said the proposed three new cities across the state is just a start as the Governor has voiced his intention to construct one new city in each local government area and at least two green cities.

The members include; KJ Agba as Chairman, Oyube Attoe as Secretary, Sunday Inyang, Anthonu Takon, Barr. Ebali Eteng, Attah Sandra, Ugbe Gregory, Sunday Otolo-Oko, Essien Eyo and Livinus Ekane.

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One commentOn Cross River New Cities Development Board Hold Inaugural Meeting

  • What was the substance of the inaugural meeting? From the picture taken at the meeting and published in the report, nothing substantive took place, which I am not surprised. The participants attended the meeting to be served water and soft drinks as evidenced by the contents of their meeting table. There was no document on the table! None. Naught. Zilch. Nada.

    The Chairman, KJ Agaba was quoted as saying “I have been to other ministries and even to the garment factory and all we seek is collaboration towards the development of the state. Those fighting are being personal and petty.” Why are you wasting your time going to other ministries and the garment factory when your responsibilities are to develop “new cities”? What are they going to collaborate with you when you have failed to define yourself and what you plan to do and how you will do it?

    Why are our “old cities” not being re-developed as done in other countries? What is going to happen to them when the “new cities” are developed? Look at what China. They re-developed their old cities! Land is not limitless. We must learn to be sustainable. We need land for agriculture to feed the ever growing population not to build cities that will never be to any standard.

    What are the credentials of those charged with the development? Do they have knowledge and experience in land development? Do they have knowledge and experience in project management? Are they experienced civil engineers and town planners? Do they know what is expected of them? Are they experts in the area of land development? Have they developed action plan for their new responsibilities? Have they developed schedule for their new responsibilities? Have they prepared preliminary cost estimates for the development of the new cities? Have they contracted professional surveyors to survey and prepare plans of the areas under consideration for development? Will the state afford such a project given that many state workers and pensioners have not been paid for months and in some cases years?

    Is this another white elephant project???

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