Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross-River State has assured communities at the borders of Republic of Cameroon that no portion of their land will be ceded out Cameroun.
He stated this in Danare One, Boki Local Government, while on inspection tour of the ongoing Bashua-Abonorole Danara Rural Access Mobility Project (RAMP) road, following report from the community that their Cameroonian neighbors had put beacon pillar 113 far into their homeland in effort to claim their land.
The Governor also advised them to go about their normal duties, adding that Government through its Border Commission intends to turn around the fortunes of border and rural communities.
He, however, advised the community to stop illegal logging within the area to control ecological hazards.
The Village Head of Danare One, His Highness Oyu Joshua Mbia Bokop, in his welcome address, expressed fears that the Cameroonian government has begun attempt to annex the area into its territory.
The Governor, who was on a three-day working tour of various projects in the Northern and Central Senatorial Districts, also inspected other RAMP roads like Nta Nselle Ayaghasa- Oyenge (Ikom), Okpeche- Ochagbe- Ikpariko- Abuochiche road (Obudu) and Ochon- Okokori- Ekuri Onai road (Obubra-Akamkpa).
Some of the roads traversed virgin forests thereby bringing rural communities closer to urban or highly commercialised Inter/Intra state roads.
The benefitting communities expressed joy as large crowds turned-out to welcome the governor, commending him for fulfilling his campaign promise.
Mr. Mathew Olorry, one time Chairman of Akamkpa Local Government Area, said the Ochon-Okokori-Ekkuri, Onai road, which link Akamkpa with Obubra, would enable the people of Ekuri, who had been spending hours before getting to Calabar-Ikom-Ogoja road, have better access to transportation.
Other projects inspected by the governor included the on-going construction work at the Ogoja and Ikom stadia being handled by CCESS.