Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State
Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State has assured the people of Agwagune in Biase Local Government Area of proper resettlement to a new site following the recent flooding which devastated the entire community.
Imoke, who disclosed this while taking an on-the-spot inspection of some of the flood devastated communities across the state yesterday, said the Agwagune community, which had suffered flooding along side land slide year in year out, would be relocated to a more safer ground where they can go on with their socio-economic activities.
Imoke promised to deliver the permanent site as well as the construction of link road to the area (Abini-Agwagune road) before the expiration of his tenure of office, saying because the community is very dear to his heart being a son of the soil as he will work assiduously for the timely completion of the resettlement site as their new town.
He furthered assured that the development of the new area would be in accordance with the specifications that would be provided by members of the community as owners of the project, saying that it would be devoid of undue government influence.
The governor assured them that their plight would be communicated to the Federal Government for necessary action as a way of giving them a sense of belonging, adding that his visit was to ascertain the level of damage cause by the disaster with the view to bringing permanent solution to the problem.
Earlier, the paramount ruler of Biase Local Government Area, Apostle Nicholas Odum, who is also a victim of the flood described the visit as the coming of a messiah, saying the act had given them a sense of belonging as part and parcel of Nigeria.
He called on Imoke to come to their aid in any form to enable them recover from the loss of lives and property occasioned by the flood which has brought untold hardship to them, adding that without quick intervention for resettlement, the community would be wipe out of the surface of the earth.
The monarch thanked the state government for the relief materials donated to the community and promised to use them judiciously to alleviate though temporally, the suffering of his people.
He lauded his leadership style, who he noted, had faced serious financial challenges and expressed the hope that when there is a will, God would make a way for him to materialise all his lofty initiatives which are targeted at alleviating poverty in the rural areas of the state.