Monday, 26 June 2017

CALASVEGAS CITY: This should not be an exclusive pet project for the few moneybags- Richard Bassey

•As part of Governor Ayade's proposal to kickstart the construction of Calas Vegas City at Iyata (also known as Twin Island/Duke Town Extension); notices of invitations to tender for aspects of the construction have just ended last week. 

•The notice of invitation to tender to reputable contractors were for the dredging and sand filling of Calas Vegas City Phase 1 and also for the clearing, layout/infrastructure design and jetty construction for the new city. 

•Work on project will be supervised by the Ministry of New Cities Development and according to the Commissioner, Ekpungu, the work will commence shortly. 

•It would be recalled that the Government of Cross River State is proposing the development and expansion of the Calabar City as part of His Excellency, Sen. (Prof) Ben Ayade’s desire of creating new cities to mitigate the intense shortage of Housing across the entire State. 

•Ayade had previously explained that the residential area at Calasvegas would be given at no cost, but only to worthy individuals committed to invest as soon as land is allocated to them. It would be useful to see the design layout being proposed by the contractors. 

•Governor Ayade had also previously stated that Certificates of Occupancy would also be awarded as soon as the land was allocated to the would be prospective builders for their holiday homes.

•We do hope that special allocation consideration would be given to the aboriginal indigenous community who actually own the land for community development and social housing once the project has been executed. 

•This should not be an exclusive pet project destination for the few moneybags; it should be a place where the hospitable and strong cultural heritage of Calabar is still retained in line with the ideals of UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage initiative. 

•We also believe that the government would be in frequent consultation with the host community especially regarding the yet to be published Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the new project