CRSG, Germany Partner On Solar Homes


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.


Tonye Nria-Dappa