The governor for Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade has commissioned and handed over 300 housing units to the displaced people of Bakassi.
The event which took place at the Internally Displaced People’s (IDP) Camp in Ikang, Bakassi Local Government Area of the State was attended by Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, popularly known as Mama Bakassi and other dignitaries.
The governor who was highly fulfilled to see his dream of resettling the people of Bakassi come to reality, faulted the federal government for ceding Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon without following due process, describing the act as null and void.
“The ceding of Bakassi did not follow any legal authority. It is inconsistent with the provisions of our constitution because the Constitution is very clear that for you to cede any territory of Nigeria you must have a proper plebiscite, you must have the domestication of such ceding and ratified by the national assembly. Until you do so, whatever you have done is null and void”.
Continuing, the governor said: ” Today I felt a sense of fulfillment having been there to see my son, my aunty, my mother and father living in a clustered accommodation in a primary school with mosquitoes feasting on them, with no place to farm, no place to lay their heads but today by the grace of God, by the instrumentality of the Holy Ghost we’re there to celebrate the plethora of opportunities where people will be living in a world class estate”.
The governor used the occasion to remind President Muhammadu Buhari of his promise to review and revisit the Bakassi issue.
His words ” Mr. President let’s remind you that you won elections on the basis of self Integrity and that your integrity is out to question on the issue of Bakassi. Mr President it is on record that we have IDPs in Bakassi long before we had IDPS in other parts of the country.
“Mr President we know you as a man of good conscience. The people of Bakassi have not had a fair share of the treatment meted on other IDPs. The federal government must recognize that the ceding of Bakassi that led to the loss of our oil wells is an illegality and on the basis of that, the loss of revenue therefore is also illegal”. He added.