Dr. (Mrs.) Linda Ayade, first lady of Cross River State and wife to the Executive Governor, Sen. Ben Ayade has expressed concern over the pathetic condition of the gully erosion at Etim Ekpo crescent in Ikot Uduak axis of Calabar Municipal Council Area of the State.
Mrs. Ayade who was shocked at the magnitude of the erosion during her anecdotal visit to the area, promised to draw the attention of the Governor and other relevant authorities towards addressing the menace which is life threatening to residents.
Some members of the community who spoke to LENS reporter on condition of anonymity called for re-awarding of the contract to a more experienced, competent and capable construction firm as they are yet to see and feel any visible impact of the substantive contractor since commencement of work on the site in march 2021.
They lamented their frustration at the extent of foul play in executing the project as well as in paying compensations to persons whose properties were affected by the erosion. According to their narrative, they have been short changed in the actual amount signed for and the cash received as monies collected cannot bankroll rehabilitation of what was damaged.
And corroborating, Ekpenyong Effiwat, secretary of Ikot Uduak community commended Cross River State NEWMAP, executors of world bank Assisted Intervention Programme for their effort, but requested for adequate payment of compensations to affected individuals, empowerment and training of youths in the area and provision of another drainage to serve as a buffer for speedy receeding of flood water.
By: Archibong Emmanuel