Cross River State Governor Sen. Prince Bassey Otu with other government officials inspecting one of the erosion affected sites; Yellow Duke Street in Calabar South local government area.
Gov. Otu decries impact of erosion in Cross River
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Cross River State Governor, Sen. Prince Bassey Otu has decried the adverse impact suffered by residents who live around the areas already affected by erosion in the State.
The Governor expressed his concern on Monday when he embarked on inspection of some effected areas around the State capital; particularly in Calabar Municipality and in Calabar South.
At one of the affected area in Calabar South local government, specifically at Yellow Duke street, the Governor bemoaned the danger posed to residents of the areas and pledged a short to mediu term intervention measures to safeguard lives and property.
“We cannot allow something like this in the middle of the town. Looking at this it must have taken a lot of lives, and property,” the Governor noted.
Besides the short and medium term remedial measures promised, the governor said he will reach out to the federal government and donor agencies that normally offers long-term solutions to cases of such.
“The World Bank has intervention programs which I intend to follow up with, and this has informed my being here. We will take a look at the drawings, see what the existing plans are and work quickly to safeguard those who live around this area,” the governor maintained.
Accompanied by his Deputy for the inspection Rt. Hon. Peter Odey, Gov. Otu said the inspection had become necessary for him to acquaint himself with first-hand knowledge of some of the adverse erosion sites in the state capital such as in Lemna/Federal Agriculture axis, the failed drainage along Yellow Duke Street and another at Efio-awan street in Calabar South among other areas.
He assured residents of the areas visited, that though resources of the State are limited, his administration will work to bring relief to their plights.