BY: VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
In line with Cross River State governments’ effort to take the dividends of democracy to the doorstep of citizens, the Hounorable Commissioner for Rural Transformation, Hon. Edem Okokon Effiom, has graded over six Kilometers stretch of roads covering five villages in Akpabuyo local government area of the state
The benefitting villages include, Ikot Eniti in Effanga Offiong ward, Ikot Effiong, Ikot Ekpo, Etonkpe and Atim Asang all in Atimbo ward.
Conducting newsmen round the six kilometers graded road, Effiom said, “I am doing this on personal effort and the desire to make my people feel the impact of inclusive governance, as well as the support my community gave to this administration in the last general elections”.
According to him, “these villages have been walking on track roads in the last 25 years without any access road. This is unbelievable in this global and digital world”.
He said that “I couldn’t have done it alone without the support of the governor, His Excellency Senator Ben Àyade, who is so passionate about the rural dwellers and their wellbeing”.
Effiom lauded the pragmatic style of administration by governor Àyade especially in the area of industrialization and called for support and cooperation from the people.
In an interview, the Clan Head of Akwa Ikot Effanga Offiong, His Royal Highness, Nyong Okon Edem, said that “Hon.Okokon Effiom, has been God sent to the people of this community. Onbehalf of my people we are full of appreciation to the governor, Prof. Ben Ayade and Mr. Edem Okokon Effiom for what they have done for our community”.
He noted that for over 25 years, “this is the first time a bulldozer has entered our community to do grading of this kind. We are very glad and grateful to this government”.
The community, he added, is solidly behind this administration that has remembered us after 25 good years without any access road in our community.