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Residents plead for road rehabilitation

13 July 2012, 13:43

Cross River - Residents of Federal Low Cost Housing Estate, Ikot Ansa, Cross River, have appealed to Gov. Liyel Imoke to check incessant flooding in the area. They also appealed to the governor to order the rehabilitation of roads and de-silting of blocked drains as a result of incessant flooding in the housing estate.

Mr Vincent Ogbeche, the Chairman of the Federal Low Cost Housing Residents' Association (FELCHRA), made the appeal in Calabar on Friday.

He said that the executives of the association had sent a save-our-soul letter on the issue to the governor through the Commissioner for Works.

``The appeal is prompted by the horrible ordeal that residents have experienced over the years as a result of the terrible condition of the roads and drainage system here.

``We have put in lots of efforts and resources to bring about remedial measures but because of the gravity of the erosion, the problem has remained unsolved,” he said.

According to him, most roads including earth roads in the estate have not been worked on since the completion and handing over of the estate in 1983.

``When it rains, the septic tanks and toilets no longer function and the flood destroys a wide range of household appliances, cars and domestic animals in many parts of the estate.

``Moreover, our children are forced to remain at home for lack of access to their schools.

``We have on several occasions cried out when we found ourselves in the helpless situation but to no avail.

``We, therefore, appeal to the governor to come to our aid by directing relevant agencies to look into our pathetic situation and help alleviate our sufferings,” he added.

The association also urged the Commissioner for Environment, the Director-General, Cross River State Road Maintenance Agency and the Executive Secretary, Calabar Urban Development Authority, to assist.


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