Communities in Etung gets new cocoa committee

The controversy surrounding Etung cocoa committee has now been doused with the appointment of Rtd. DIG Joseph Mbu as chairman of the cocoa landlord committees to pilot the affairs of the group.

The new committee led by Joseph Mbu and has Mr. A. N. Abang, a former area manager of cocoa estate as Vice Chairman, Gabriel Odu-Oji, a three time commissioner in the state as member. The change of guard replaces the old order led by Engr. Obi Tangban, a second republic lawmaker with retired A.I.G Njarngor Egbe Njom as his Vice.

The monarchs of the communities last weekend decideded that Tangban now 86 was too old and needed a younger person with requisite strength to withstand the physical rigors of the office.

Management of cocoa estate in Etung has generated bad blood and SA to the Cross River State Governor on cocoa Development alleged as accomplice.

Monarchs of the area have frowned at the inappropriate and lopsided allocations of blocks of cocoa farms to some members contrary to their mandate to share the 70%, quota of the host communities evenly among the people.

The royal fathers expressed displeasure at the pace in which the old committee functioned especially on the 30% royalty from the state government meant for the landlord communities. Allegation were made to the effect that some members were financially induced by the state actors.

In a chat with Lens reporter Ntufam Simon Ebuta-Akor, an indigene of the area and publisher of the Dossier Newspaper said the will of God and of the people have prevailed in the matter.

Efforts to contact relevant authorities of the state for inputs on the matter was not feasible as the time of filling this report.

By: Archibong Emmanuel
(Snr. Reporter)

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