The Cross River State Water Board Limited has said it was collaborating with Ndok Community in Ogoja local government area of the State to ensure the provision and supply of portable water to the community.
Speaking when the Water Board management paid a courtesy visit to leaders of the community, the Managing Director of the Board, Chief Victor Effiom Ekpo, said clan rulers had placed some traditional injunctions restraining the Board from producing water from the booster facility located in the community.
He therefore called for a peaceful resolution of the issue, saying the board was committed to providing portable water to the area.
“We are here to make peace with you, we are going to make amends and keep to every agreement that will take place today, we are also here for the traditional injunction to be removed so that we can work and extend our services to the people of Ndok Community,” he stated.
He disclosed that the board was committed to executing the order from the state governor, to provide water for all citizens in the state and further sued for an enabling environment and necessary support for free flow of work in the area.
Ekpo promised that “On Wednesday and Thursday, our pipes will arrive from Calabar so that we start the pipeline work and within a month, we will supply portable water to your homes.”
Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Water Board, Hon. Agnes Astu urged Ndop community leaders to take ownership of the project stating that “once the state government brings any project to you, it becomes your own, if you want it sustained then you need to secure the place.”
She emphasized that the board was committed to fulfilling its mandate to providing portable water to every home in Cross River State.
Reacting, the clan head of Ndok, Ntol Clement Ashaba Ijanga commended the management team of the Water Board for the gesture and pledged the unalloyed support of the community to ensure that the work of the board remained uninterrupted.
He said “we promise that as you go back there the place will be clear because we needed opportunity to reach the government and express our problems.”
Responding, on behalf of the community, Hon Michael Ikpang Obi, thanked the managing director and his team for the visit, saying “the visit has boosted our confidence that the board will correct the error done to the community and extend quality water to the people in the area.”
Highlight of the visit was the presentation of gifts to the community and removal of the seven year old traditional injunction from the Water Board Booster station.