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Cross River towns have been hit hard by the flooding

Houses, farm crops, and other properties in Akpet center of Biase Local Government Area, Cross River State, were ruined by the recent deluge.

Over N100 million worth of commodities and properties, economic crops, and trees have reportedly been damaged, along with more than 70 homes.

On Saturday, while surveying the damage caused by the floods, Hon. Francis Ogban, who represents the Biase State seat in the Cross River House of Assembly, expressed his sadness over the devastation.

Barr. Ijom Ukam, commissioner for Youths Development, and Mr. Dan Obo, chairman of the National Youth Council in the State, accompanied him on the assessment visit.

The congressman claimed that many Akpet community farmers had to evacuate their homes since their farms were inaccessible due to the water.

“The flood has negatively affected the farmers,” Ogban told reporters. “The flood has displaced many villagers and their means of livelihood have been affected.”

He requested that the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) help those in need.

To fix the culvert in Akpet Central, he asked the Federal Ministry of Works to put pressure on the private construction company SEMATECH.

The reconstruction of the Akpet axis of the Calabar/Ugep highway three years ago led to the abandonment of the construction of the Akpet culvert, as reported by community representatives Dr. Samuel Egbai and Mr. Ogban Ogban Ethothi.

The contractor was held responsible for the floods because of faulty culvert construction.

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