Abiola Seun |
The displaced people of Bakassi in Cross River State have made an emotional appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to grant the state government a sovereign guarantee for the construction of the Deep Seaport project.
Camped at Saint Marks Primary School in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the state since 2013, the displaced Bakassi people say the project holds a new hope for them.
The deep seaport, according to them, “will open up new frontiers of opportunities for us and by extension, rewrite the stories of our ugly past occasioned by the ceding of our ancestral roots to the Republic of Cameroon.”
Speaking on the project, Etim Okon, the camp leader urged President Buhari to assist the state realize the project.
“We are begging the Federal Government to give our governor, Sir Ben Ayade the power (sovereign guarantee) to enable him build the seaport. It will be of tremendous benefit to us here because our living condition at the moment is very bad,” he said.
Okon believes the project will impact on them in the most positive manner.
His words: “We are pleading with the Federal Government to assist His Excellency, Sir Ben Ayade with granting a sovereign guarantee for the project. This is because the campers here, the youths of Bakassi will benefit from this project.
“This Project will create jobs and when there are jobs, we the returnees will help ourselves out. The youths of Bakassi will also be meaningfully engaged. They will have the means to take care of their needs.”
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