By Africa Today
The Cross River State House of Assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution calling on the state government to establish primary and secondary schools in Okwa Communities in Boki Local Government Area of the state.
In a motion, brought before the House, lead sponsor and Member representing Boki 1 State Constituency, Itam Abang (Mrs), also call on the state Government through the Primary Healthcare Development Agency to establish a health care facility in Okwa Community to tackle the rising infant mortality in the area.
The House also call on the state government to provide an access road linking the community and its neighbours to boost the economic fortunes of the native who are predominantly farmers.
The lawmaker, who lamented that the Okwa Communities are completely cut off from civilisation, regretted that many pregnant women died as a result of a complete lack of health facility.
According to her, “a primary healthcare need be provided to check the incessant mother-to-child mortality in view of complications, saying even when there is an accident it’s difficult checking the bleeding. There should be access road, our produce is wasted, and we can’t get value for the goods because we can’t get them out, thus all the labour goes down the drain. The access, simply put, will help boost the economic fortunes of the communities as well as reducing the mortality rate” she stressed.
Co-sponsor and Member representing Obudu State Constituency, Godwin Akwaji, while reemphasising the negligence of the community, said out of the 800 schools that benefitted from the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, non in Okwa was selected.
However, Pastor Nelson Ofem, lawmaker representing Yakurr 1 calls on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency intervene in the problems facing the Okwa people, noting that the community houses the enormous forest reserves through which Nigeria benefits from the Green Bond.
While Member representing Biase, Mr. Ogbor Ogbor Udop calls on both Federal and State governments to share the benefits of civilisation enjoyed by Abuja, Lagos, Calabar among others with the Okwa people.
Also Mr. Fred Osim, representing Ikom 1 said it is regrettable that the parliamentarians passed budget in the tune of trillions, whereas they can’t take anything substantial to their people. He therefore argues that if the government prides itself of being a digital one, then the people should feel the dividends of digitisation.
Other parliamentarians who deliberated extensively on the matter urged government to redirects and refocused its attention on rural infrastructure to stem the tide of rural-urban migration, boost the economic fortunes of rural dwellers as well as elongating the life expectancy of the people.
They also warned that posterity will not forgive them is the fail in their responsibility to care for their people in whose trust they represent.
In affirmation, the Speaker, Eteng Jonah Williams (Rt. Hon.) while commending the lead and co-sponsors of the motion, said there is nothing as appropriate as recognising the needs of their people and find appropriate ways of solving them.
To this end, the Speaker challenged them to do a follow-up in making sure the projects are capture in the budget and monies allocated.