The Guardian (Nigeria)

C’river community accuses govt agencies of neglect, land grab, threatens action

- From Agosi Todo, Calabar

THE Ikot Effanga Mkpa Community in Calabar Municipali­ty Council of Cross River State has accused the federal and state government agencies of neglect and land grabbing.

Speaking under the aegis of Ikot Effanga Mkpa Town Council, the host community to the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Niger Delta Developmen­t Commission ( NDDC), its members expressed displeasur­e over the way the community had been treated and threatened to take necessary action to correct the anomaly. Leader of the town council, Effanga Ineng Effanga, who led a five member team, yesterday, alleged that the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and NDDC marginalis­ed the community in the just- concluded employment, even when they were promised 10 slots, adding that not even one slot was allotted to the host community.

They also lamented that the Cross River Basin Developmen­t Authority, Federal Character Commission ( FCC), National Agency for the Prohibitio­n of Traffickin­g in Persons ( NAPTIP), Cross River State Dump Site, were all located in their domain, but were not benefittin­g anything from these agencies.

They threatened to stop the commission­ing of the ministry’s secretaria­t, adding that it was not observing the local content principle in terms of employment, non- implementa­tion of pledges made in spite of the fact that its secretaria­t was in Ikot Effanga Mkpa town council.

They also accused the Basin Developmen­t Authority of failing to employ anybody from the community, even when the Town Council approached the agency.

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