C’River Water Board resolves difference with Ndok Community, set to provide potable water
BY: Our Admin
Cross River State Water Board Limited has resolved the difference it had with the people of Ndok Community which led to a traditional injunction placed on the water board facility in the area.
With the differences resolved, the management of the State Water Board says it would start the pipeline work and within a month, will supply potable water to homes in Ndok Community of Ogoja local area in the state.
The Managing Director, Cross River State Water Board, Chief Victor Effiom Ekpo made the commitment during a courtesy visit to leaders in the community where he sought their cooperation to enable the Water Board to carry out the mandate they have from the governor, Prof. Ben Ayade to provide Water to all communities across the state.
Chief Ekpo, who noted that hitherto the clan rulers in the community had placed some traditional injunction restraining the board from producing water from the Booster facility located in the community, called for a peaceful resolution of the issue the leaders had with the Water Board.
He restated his commitment saying, "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".
Ekpo maintained that the board is committed to executing the order from the state governor, Senator Prof. Ben Ayade, to provide water for all citizens in the state and 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".
He further sued for an enabling environment and necessary support for the free flow of work in the area.
Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Cross River State Governor on Water Board, Hon. Agnes Astu urged the 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 is committed to fulfilling its mandate to provide potable water to every home in Cross River State.
Reacting, the clan head of Ndok, Ntol Clement Ashaba Ijanga commended the management team for the gesture and pledged the unalloyed support of the community to ensure that the work of the board is uninterrupted.
He said "we promise that as you go back there the place will be clear because we needed the opportunity to reach the government and express our problems".
Responding, on behalf of the community, Hon. Micheal Ikpang Obi, thanked the managing director and his team adding that "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”.
The 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.