The village head of Akin Osomba Community in Akamkpa Local government area of Cross River, Ntufam Patrick Etim has appealed to the state government to complete necessary procedures to assume full ownership of the 38,000 hectares of cocoa farm it acquired in the community.
He made the appeal on Wednesday in Akamkpa during an interview with some Journalists saying there was a need for the state government to fully take over the Cocoa plantation in the community.
“It is only when such procedures have been completed that the State government can afford to take full charge of the Cocoa Estate that it developed some years ago in Akin Osomba community, ” he said.
The village head appealed to Governor Ben Ayade to visit the community, adding that, such visitation would provide an opportunity for both parties to complete the necessary paperwork to pave way for full ownership of Akin Osomba Cocoa estate.
According to him, Cocoa could grow in any part of Cross River including Calabar, the State capital.
“To me, cocoa can do well anywhere in Cross River State.
“This is why I want the governor to visit our community and get the necessary paperwork done so that the State can take full ownership of the farm for the betterment of all the stakeholders, ” he said.
Etim said that the new cocoa estate when fully operational, would provide jobs for the teeming unemployed youths of the community and beyond.