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Cross River partners German city of Dortmund on solar homes


Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade

Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade

In a bid to bring succour to displaced people of Bakassi, Cross River State Government has entered into a partnership with the city of Dortmund in Germany for the building of solar powered houses.

Governor Ben Ayade who announced the development, also unveiled plans to build a beach resort in Calabar. He said: “Having shared the concern of the displaced people of Bakassi who by circumstances have found themselves as refugees in their own ancestral homes, the people of Dortmund think it is imperative to support Nigeria and indeed Cross River State to find a place for the people of Bakassi.”

Speaking during the inspection of Nsidung Beach in Calabar South, the governor disclosed that construction work would start by the second week of September this year.

He said: “It is obvious that as Cross River State continues to blaze the trail in tourism, we must develop our waterfronts in such a way that we find maximum value.”

The governor said funding for the project has been secured with a team of investors already setting aside three million dollars for the project.

Governor Ayade said the resort will complement the 2016 Calabar carnival, even as he hinted that a boat regatta could be in this year’s Calabar Festival calender.

Ayade who unveiled a resettlement plan for the residents of the waterfront noted that “I do not believe in the demolition of any property without adequate compensation,” adding, “it could have been any of us in that slum. As such, it is our own responsibility, divinely provided for in God’s own law that you must be your brother’s keeper.”

While announcing the Deputy Governor Prof. Ivara Esu as the desk officer for the project, Ayade disclosed that government will provide houses under its social housing scheme, for those that will be relocated from the waterfront.

He said the social housing scheme planned for the slum dwellers will show the sensibility, sensitivity, softness and care expected of a responsible government.

The governor added: “Such houses will be given to them at no cost. The theory that there is no free lunch is not true. For us in Cross River State, we do have free lunch.”

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