After nearly a decade of neglect and abandonment following the ceding of the Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroun in 2007, the displaced people of Bakassi can now heave a sigh of relief as Cross River State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade, has awarded contract for the construction of affordable homes for them The sum of N200 million has been set aside for the project.
Ayade who stated this yesterday while receiving the Chairman of Lafarge Africa, Mr. Bolaji Balogun and his management team on a courtesy call in his office, said that the state was going to partner with the cement manufacturers, who also build affordable homes, to actualize the project.
He said: “We are a responsible state that is sensible to the needs of our people. We want you to do a small pilot for the people of Bakassi returnees. I will like to do a small commitment of the sum of N200 million to start the resettlement process.
“These are people that we feel so emotional about, people that have been deprived and displaced from their heritage and there is nothing worse than that that could happen to a man and we want to find a permanent solution to their plight.” Read more