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C'River State Government put back smiles on the faces of Ikot Nkebre community as gully affected residents returns back to their houses

 By Emmanuel Onwuka

The Cross River State Commissioner For International Development Corporation who doubles as the Acting Coordinator for the C'River State Nigeria Erosion Watershed Management Project(CRS-NEWMAP) Dr. Inyang Asibong, in continuation of her tour of projects, has inspected the ongoing work at the Ikot Nkebre Gully site executed by the Akpaven Integrated Service Limited.


Dr. Asibong said the inspection exercise was part of efforts in ensuring that the project meets the Environmental and Social Management Plans and ensure completion before rainy season.


Commenting on the project, the commissioner admonished that the Cross River State Governor, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade is determined to execute meaningful and quality projects that would benefit the people of all categories.


Expressing satisfaction with the work done by AKPAVEN at ensuring that the vital aspects of the job which might pose threat to the community is done and for meeting up the ESMP, Asibong promised the continued support from the state government to ensure 100% completion.


In her words " We are here at the Ikot Nkebre community courtesy of the Cross River State government and the World Bank NEW-MAP to inspect the sites and the ongoing work happening here".


"Out of five fingers of the gully erosion, four fingers has been completed. The community is actually happy with this, because the erosion ravaged the community, destroyed and brought down houses before this intervention".


" We are happy at the pace of work we are seeing here. They(AKPAVEN) have promised to complete it by the end of the dry season. We are constantly monitoring this process and we know that with the way the work is going, by the end of April the work will be completed".


"I want to thank his Excellency, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade for providing the enabling environment and funds for the process and of course the World Bank NEW-MAP".


" The Environmental and Social Management Plan has been met, everything that is supposed to be done has been done, we are hopeful that before the beginning of the rainy season, the job must have been completed ".


Also speaking, the Project Director of AKPAVEN Integrated Service Limited, Engr. George Brown thanked the inspection team and assured them that the project would be completed before the end of dry season.


Engr. George also mentioned that the vital aspect of the job which poses threat to the community will be completed and in no time.


" The job has gone over 80% completion, and hopefully we are looking at completing it before rainy season. The erosion job is dynamic, we are trying to meet up before the rain start coming. We still have other aspect of the job that is yet to complete, like the bioremediation jobs, the planting of grasses and other things".


"But we are saying that the vital aspect of the job which might pose threats to the community will be completed before the rain start". He said


On his part, the village head of the community, Chief Anthony Nkebre showered accolades on the company for staying true to quality. He said he was impressed that a project of such magnitude could be executed without any shabbiness or dip in quality. He thanked the World Bank and NEWMAP for coming to their rescue and putting smiles back on their faces.


Also speaking, the Secretary to the Ikot Nkebre community, Elder Emmanuel Ewa expressed satisfaction with the job so far and pray they continue with same pace and ensure the project is fully completed.


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