New City Development Ministry Embarks On Sensitization Visit To Obudu

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Commissioner for New Cities Development addressing communities leaders in Ipong Ward, Obudu

The Cross River State government has commenced negotiations with communities in the northern town of Obudu which is to house the Obudu New City.

The New Cities Development Commissioner, George Ekpungu led a team recently to sensitize the locals and chiefs of Ipong ward in Obudu local government area on the project.

Obudu is about 350 kilometers north of Calabar, the Cross River State capital and is the hometown of the incumbent Governor, Senator Ben Ayade who argues that building new cities is not “Rocket science” as the state is richly blessed with “intellectual wealth.”

Pictures obtained by CrossRiverWatch show Ekpungu talking to community chiefs and some locals in Ipong ward which consists of Bebuatsuan, Bebuabie, Bebuagbong and Kakum communities which the Governor is a native of.

community leaders

The commissioner who was accompanied by the Chairman of the Cross River State Infrastructure Development Board, Chief Eugene Akeh and the SSA Public Affairs to the Governor, Chief Tony Undiandeye relayed the commitment of the governor to see to the completion of the new city as well as the proposed Canadian international school.

He assured the community leaders who hosted them that the government was going to ensure that the interest of the communities was adequately factored into the planning process to mitigate whatever impact the projects may have on their lives.

While responding, some of the elders who spoke said they have given their total support to the proposed projects and urged government to hasten the progress of work.

They reiterated the fact that the governor is their son and that they will give him all the necessary support that he requires to succeed as governor of the state.

Other new cities to be built include Calas Vegas twins cities which CrossRiverWatch gathered clearing is ongoing at Odukpani local government area in the southern part of the state and Centicot which unconfirmed information suggests will be situated at old Ikom town in the central senatorial district and Northicot in the northern senatorial district of the state.

These will be joined by new cities in each local government area of the state, Deputy Governor, Professor Ivara Esu told the Nigeria Army housing company when they paid him a courtesy call last year.

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2 commentsOn New City Development Ministry Embarks On Sensitization Visit To Obudu

  • I fully support Danboy, on his opinion. I think Obudu New City is the best name so far.
    That alone will give somebody a clue on what he/she needs to know. And it will also promote the image/name of the host Community/Local Government.
    Even the image of the Governor will be in high esteem and will be better in remembrance.

    Also the background samples are very essential, because the serve as motivational tools to the public. I don’t buy the idea of direct copy and paste, I kindly suggest the name (New City) should be edited to (Obudu New City).

  • “Northstradam”? “Centricot”? “Calas Cegas”? What are you talking about? Are they really the names for the “new city” that will be developed in the northern, central and southern senatorial districts of Cross River State?

    Why the foreign sounding and hard to pronounce names??? The names do not even bear any resemblance to the culture and geographic location! This is very wrong. This is a sign of major inferiority complex and ignorance.

    I propose the re-naming of the new cities to New Obudu, New Ikom and New Calabar. That is easy to say, easy to relate with, etc. Remember KIS, meaning Keep It Simple. Using those foreign and hard to pronounce names will not make the cities great. Names alone cannot make a city. A city named, for example, New York or London will not become great just because of the name. And by the way the name New York was used to differentiate York in England from American York.

    Where are the preliminary designs for the new cities?

    Which company or companies is/are handling the planning, design, and construction? Has the project(s) been advertised?

    How much are the cities going to cost? Where are the schedules for the construction?

    Who is going to pay for the projects?

    Where are the Environmental Impact Study reports for the proposed cities? The reports MUST be prepared since vast area of land will be affected. Please learn some lesson from the proposed superhighway project which has been held up.

    These projects and in fact all projects should not be built without engaging qualified firms to perform EIS, planning, design, etc. PRIOR to commencement of construction.

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