Host Communities Of Obudu Cargo Airport To Smile Soon As C'River Gov't Resolves Compensation Issues

Apr 25, 2024 - 15:07
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Host Communities Of Obudu Cargo Airport To Smile Soon As C'River Gov't Resolves Compensation Issues

By Hannah ARIKPO

Cross River state government has assured communities within the Obudu International Passenger and Cargo Airport of its commitment to resolves issues bothering on compensation.

The government said plans are almost concluded to settle land owners around the project area.

State Commissioner for Aviation, Capt. Eno Utum Inah, rtd who disclosed this during the House of Assembly Committee on Commerce, Industry, Public Private Partnership (PPP) and Privatisation oversight visit to the Obudu Cargo Airport, said the Governor is determined to complete the project as demonstrated in his visit to the site upon assumption of office.

On the compensation, the Commissioner said "I do not want to say compensation for the acquisition of the land for the project was not paid. I think some people felt they were more entitled than others, while some others felt excluded. Notwithstanding, the ministry of Aviation is taking inventory of those with such complaints and also liaising with relevant agencies to sort things out. I assure you, in no distant time the issue will be resolved amicably as solution will be obtained."

He appealed to the host communities to remain patient as he strives to trash the issue once and for all, adding that the 'People First' Government of Senator Bassey Otu is ever ready to alleviate the suffering of the people to enhance a peaceful, friendly and conducive working environment for all and sundry.

Inah advised the landlord communities to take ownership of the Airport project, stating that as the first beneficiaries of the project, they ought to protect it jealously.

"As you are aware, the bulk of people working at the construction site are indigenes of Obudu. This is to give you the confidence that upon completion of the project more of your sons and daughters will be gainfully employed. Local content participation will be given priority with Obudu being the focus" Inah explained.

The Aviation Boss was accompanied on the inspection visit by the Permanent Secretary, Engr. Timothy Ntamu, Director Civil, Engr. Egbe Enang, Director of Accounts, Mr. Michael Bekomson, Director Procurement, Mr. Jacob Odey and Director Audit, Mrs Grace Otu.

High points of the visit was inspection of the project and evaluation of performance by the Assembly Committee.