The (NASS) Senate Committee on States and Local Government Administration and the House of Representatives Committee on Special Duties on Tuesday inspected Federal Government’s intervention projects in Bakassi local government area of Cross River.
The projects, being executed with a N300 million fund, include an international border market in Ikang, healthcare centre with quarters for doctors and a school, both situated in Afiang-Ayong, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The Chairman, (NASS) Senate Committee on States and Local Government Administration, Sen. Abdullahi Gumel, told journalists at one of the project sites that the inspection of the projects became necessary following allegations of negligence of the area.
He said the committees were on ground to inspect projects carried out by Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA).
Gumel said “the Border Communities Development Agency is an intervention agency and having spent about N300 million here, I am impressed with what we have seen on ground.
“The communities have primary health care centre, border community markets, outpost, schools, water projects and new roads.
“So, the impression created that our brothers and sisters displaced from Bakassi are abandoned is not true, you have all seen as much too.
“The Federal Government is working and in line with the change mantra, we are going to do more in this area.”
Gumel assured that the National Assembly, particularly the Senate, would continue to play its part by way of oversight, enactment of laws and improved funding to ameliorate the sufferings of people living in border communities.