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Cross River community accuses government agencies of neglect, land

Cross River community accuses government agencies of neglect, land
The Ikot Effanga Mkpa Community in Calabar Municipality Council of Cross River State has accused the federal and state government agencies

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 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.

They also accused the state government of land grabbing in the community and that the state government seized parcels E1 and E2 in Ikot Effanga Mkpa without paying compensation to the town council.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.

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