By Sunday Efa
The Cross River State Commissioner for Information, Rosemary Archibong, has assured Cross Riverians that the present Government will not abandon its projects.
Mrs. Archibong gave the assurance recently when she visited some project sites. The first point of call was one of the channels of the deep seaport in Essighi community in Bakassi local government area of the State.
The Commissioner for Information was visibly delighted at the sight of the dredging machines that were on standby at the ‘point zero’ of the site.
According to Mr. Nta Nyong, the team guide “It will take 20 minutes to connect from the seaport to the site of the super highway on the high sea.
The second point of call was to the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Junior Vocational School Ekpo-Edem Street Atimbo Akpabuyo local government area.
The Secretary to the School’s Board, Miss. Abigai Ataben who received the Commissioner and her team took them round the school facilities, which consists of 4 departmental blocks, an administrative block, a library, a security building and an ICT department.
However, grasses were seen to have grown around the school compound and some parts of the compound used as farmland for planting crops such as maize and okro. The Commissioner was displeased about the maintenance culture of the school.
Next, was a visit to inspect the access road connecting Arthur Jarvis University to the major road in Akpabuyo.
Work is yet to commence on the road which was awarded to Eval Imoke by the State Government at this level since almost 3 years that it was awarded.
The last point of call was the 52 housing units for the Internally Displaced Persons of Bakassi at Ifiang Ayong where she expressed joy at the level of work ongoing.
On ground was the Commissioner for Social Housing, Mr. Edem Effiom who revealed that “Out of the 52 units, 29 have been totally roofed while work is still ongoing.”
He went on to reveal that “We are having a stand for water tank. We are having a 10,000 capacity metric tank to feed the entire houses. Our calculation is that if every household use about 200 liters a day, 10,000 should carry the entire household.”
Mr. Edem also revealed that a section has been earmarked for the construction of schools for the displaced children which will commence immediately after the completion of the housing project.”
Finally, a trip to the Banana Processing and Packaging Farm located at Odukpani where the General Manager of San Carlos Int’l Groups of Company. Mr. Obiora Ugwo noted that the farm is a pilot project of 100 hectares and that it started July 2017.
He stated that the Cavendish specie of the Bananas is of international standard and it will in turn be exported after being packaged into a variety of other products among which is the banana flour.
The GM went on to say that “the bananas are ready for harvesting”.
However, Mr.Ekpeyong Titus, a worker on the farm pointed out that “the working condition is not satisfactory”. He decried the deplorable working conditions of staff in the farm and appealed for government intervention.
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