There was tears and wailing Friday as residents of Etim Ekpo Crescent in Ikot Uduak, off Old Parliamentary Village in Calabar Municipal Council, Cross River State lamented the loses occationed by gully erosion which has sunked buildings as well as properties worth millions of naira.
In a conversation with a LENS Reporter at her palace, Her Highness Deaconess (Princess) Efio-awan Asuquo Asibong, Village Head of Ikot Uduak Etap, Kasuk I Qua Clan, expressed displeasure at the development.
Similarly, Mr. and Mrs. Emeka Mbanugo whose building caved in the previous night due to heavy flooding caused by torrential down pour explained that through their desperate appeal to World Bank for assistance since 2016 brought relief their way eventually when Governor Ben Ayade visited the site and promised to mobilize contractors for remedial work in December 2020. According to him, the contractors came in March 2021 and nothing meaningful has been achieved as construction work at the project has not commenced up till now thereby exposing them to further environmental hazard.
Effort to speak with Cross River State Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (CRS NEWMAP) World Bank Assisted Program Officials, the executor of the World Bank Erosion Control Project did not scale through as at time of filling this report.
By: Archibong Emmanuel