Last week, the Cross River State governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, performed the groundbreaking for the construction of 5,000 housing units for the displaced people of Bakassi. The project is funded by the Africa Nations Development Programme, (ANDP), in partnership with the Cross River State Government.

Speaking at the site for the 5,000 housing units in Ikpa Nkanya village, Ikot Eyo ward, Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the state, Ayade, who noted that the day’s event was a product of his open weeping before international organisations and institutions, stressed the need for all to come together to make life meaningful for the people.

Cross River State Governor Prof Ben Ayade at the ground breaking ceremony. SOURCE

The governor was quoted a saying,

“The Bakassi people have been dislocated from their ancestral homes, denied the pleasure of worship and decent accommodation, reduced in want and in spirit just because they are not strong enough to fight back. I come as a child from that humble beginning to say that we must all come together to make a difference and that difference must start now.”

Insisting that he would not want a groundbreaking ceremony that will take a long time for action to start, he said:

“While we wait for ANDP, we will hold the fort. Cross River will also give the stimulus so that ANDP will recognise the fact that they have attracted us to support them. “It is also natural in scientific agglutination that we must all come together and prove that indeed, we have come to support them not just by doing the groundbreaking, but also getting to the ground and starting the construction.”

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