Determined to alleviate
the suffering of the displaced persons in Bakassi, Cross River State has undertaken to build solar powered houses in collaboration with the German City of Dortmund.
According to a statement released to the press, recently the state Governor, Prof Ben Ayade, made this declaration while on inspection tour of Nsidung Beach in Calabar, the state capital.
The governor also revealed that plans were underway to build a beach resort, stating that construction of the solar powered buildings would commence by the second week of September this year.
Ayade said, “having shared the concerns of the displaced people of Bakassi who by circumstances have found themselves as refugees in their own ancestral homes, the people of Dortmund think it is imperative to support Nigeria and indeed Cross River to find a place for the people of Bakassi”.
He observed, “as Cross River State continues to blaze the trail in tourism, we must develop our waterfronts in such a way that we find maximum value”, noting that the resort will complement to 2016 Calabar Carnival, while hinting that boat regatta could be included in this year’s Calabar Carnival programmes.
Furthermore, Governor Ayade disclosed a plan to resettle waterfront dwellers, saying, “I do not believe in the demolition of any property without adequate compensation, it could have been any of us in that slum. As such, it is our own responsibility divinely provided for in God’s own law that you must be your brother’s keeper”.
He also said the government would provide houses under its social housing scheme, for those that will be relocated from the waterfronts and announced his Deputy Prof Ivara Esu as the desk office for the housing projects.
He noted that the social housing scheme planned for the waterfront dwellers will show the sensitivity, expected of a responsible leadership, saying, “such houses will be given to them at no cost. Theory that there is no free lunch is not true, for us in Cross River State, we do have free lunch”.
He added that funding for the housing project has already been secured with a team of investors already setting aside three million dollars for the project.