Godwin Ajom, Calabar
Community, women and youth leaders from Obubra local government area of Cross River State have sent a strong special appeal to Governor Benedict Ayade, to asphalt the only access road linking the site of the Okpambe Fishing and Cultural Festival holding in March this year.
They sent the appeal through their Obubra council chairman and the state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Honourable Eric Anderson.
A key official of the organising committee for the festival, and a youth leader, Mr Eriacy Confidence said the appeal was very necessary in view of the importance and the traffic the festival attracts, and that it will help to caution the effects of dust on the health of the participants in the festival.
He said, “to avert the massive dust the road raises, the government should assist the community to work on the only community road, so that tourists from outside the council and States would not be so discomforted.
“This will highly promote the image of the festival, the Local government and our dear State,” he said.
Another stakeholder, Mrs Lucy Donald also appealed that, “We call on the local and state governments to help us develop the festival site before it’s too late.
“Without the road, the festival will be a mess. It will disgrace the tourism value of the State! It’s getting late. This is why we are frenetic and want attention to be paid to the road.”