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C/Rivers com­mu­nity com­pletes ac­cess road to Cameroon

- From Eyo Charles, Cal­abar Ed­i­tor: Re­porters: Page De­signer: Cameroon · Nigeria · Ogoja

Tired of wait­ing for the state gov­ern­ment to re­sume re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion work on the aban­doned road link­ing Oko­roba com­mu­nity in Etung LGA of Cross River State with Cameroon Repub­lic, the com­mu­nity has mo­bilised its peo­ple and com­pleted the project.

A phi­lan­thropist, Mrs. Getrude Og­beche, re­port­edly sup­ported the com­mu­nity to com­plete the project.

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that the re­con­struc­tion work took the com­mu­nity about six months to com­plete and it gulped over N5m, much of it from Mrs. Og­beche.

Res­i­dents said the road was aban­doned for many years and that it in­flicted pain and dif­fi­cul­ties on them as they had to trek over 10 hours be­fore ac­cess­ing or evac­u­at­ing their farm pro­duce to nearby mar­kets and towns.

Ve­hi­cles never ac­cessed the com­mu­nity be­fore now, ex­cept mo­tor­cy­clists, who charged heav­ily be­cause of the dif­fi­cult ter­rain.

With the com­ple­tion of the road, jour­ney into Oko­roba com­mu­nity which is less than 10km to Cameroon, has be­come less risky and less stress­ful.

Apart from the donation from the phi­lan­thropist, the lo­cals taxed them­selves and bought ma­te­ri­als used in the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists at the site, the Manag­ing Di­rec­tor of Omondo Nige­ria Lim­ited, Bishop Ndoma Akpet Nyambi, ex­plained that, “The ero­sion con­trol project of Oko­roba beach road in­volved de­sign and con­struc­tion of a paved road from the beach in a way that has re­duced stress of ac­cess­ing Oko­roba vil­lage for so­cio-eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties.

“We had to carry out a sur­vey where gully ero­sion was found to be a ma­jor threat to the com­mu­nity which had also washed away the road.

“The com­mu­nity pro­vided the coarse, fine ag­gre­gates, hard core and wood which as­sisted to prune down the cost of the project.”

Bishop Nnyambi fur­ther said they also used man­ual labour to re­place in­stead of heavy ma­chin­ery.

In or­der to con­trol the gully at the base of the slope, the team of engi­neers also adopted stone pitch­ing as en­ergy dis­si­pa­ter.

One of the youth lead­ers of Oko­roba, Abra­ham Usani, com­mended Mrs. Og­beche for giv­ing back to her com­mu­nity even though she was Ogoja by mat­ri­mony.

He also praised his com­mu­nity mem­bers for ris­ing to lend ma­te­rial sup­port.

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