Otu seeks World Bank support for erosion-ravaged communities

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By Asare Asare

Governor Bassey Otu of Cross River State has said he will seek the intervention of the World Bank to address environmental issues in some communities in the state.

Otu made the call when he undertook an on-site inspection of some erosion sites in Calabar, the state capital.

Otu said that the inspection had become necessary for him to familiarise himself with some of the erosion sites in the state capital, such as in Lemna (Federal Agriculture) and the failed drainage along Yellow Duke Road.

“We cannot allow something like this in the middle of the town. Looking at this, it must have taken a lot of lives and property.

“The World Bank has intervention programmes that I intend to follow up with, and this has informed my being here.

“We will take a look at the drawings, see what the existing plans are, and work quickly to safeguard those who live around this area,” the governor said.

The governor further assured that his administration would work for the people of the state.

“We are here to work for them. Though resources are limited, we are going to work in the short and medium term to assure the people that something is being done in the long term,” he added.

Gov Otu was accompanied on the inspection by Deputy Governor Peter Odey.

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