Cross River - Residents of Federal Low Cost Housing Estate, Ikot Ansa, Cross
River, have appealed to Gov. Liyel Imoke to check incessant flooding in
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
``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.