BAKASSI—THE Head of Ifiang Ayong Clan, Bakassi Local Government Area, Cross River State, Ntoe Okokon Edem Archibong, has dispelled the notion that Bakassi community is not a of Nigeria, following the relinquishing of Bakassi Peninsula by Nigeria to Cameroon.
Archibong made the clarification when the Joint Committee on State and Local Governments in the National Assembly visited the area to inspect projects executed by the Border Communities Development Agency, BCDA.
Agency floods community with projects: The projects carried out by the agency in Bakassi local government include the Ikang International Border Market, security outpost, a school and two primary healthcare centres.
The clan head commended the agency for locating projects, which he described as “infrastructure that meets the felt need in the community,” further saying: “It is long since we witnessed the presence of the Federal government in such a manner and we see the gesture as unprecedented.”
He asserted: “So many people think that Bakassi has gone extinct, but we are still here and we are glad about what BDCA is doing, although there are few challenges, but it is normal for such to occur.” Villagers excited: Still on the projects, the community leader said: “The lives that will be impacted cannot be quantified in any way; a lot of lives will be saved, because of the healthcare centres because it is now closer to my people and more of our children will become exposed to modern educational facilities.” Speaking, the Executive Chairman, BDCA, Engr. Dumoipre Wills, said that they were satisfied with the jobs so far, but called on contractors lagging behind to sit up and carry out quality jobs.
He maintained that every project must be done according to specification and no stone would be left unturned in making sure that the people have the best, assuring that the federal government was committed to the development of border communities.