Thursday, 19 October 2017

Ifere Paul attacks fellow party man for supporting Ayade’s super highway


|Ukorebi Esien | 19th October, 2017

Ifere Paul an online activist and social commentator cum whistle blower  has expressed his disappointment over his fellow party man Sen. Victor Ndoma Ebga’s decision to support the Cross River governor’s signature project – Supper high way

Sen. Victor Ndoma who decamped from the people’s Democratic Party to APC after the 2015 elections where he lost the party’s primaries to Sen. John Owan Enoh is currently the Chairman of Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC.

Recall that recently a delegation from NDDC led by Sen. Egba paid the state governor a courtesy visit where the NNDC pledged to key into the Governor’s signature project, the deep sea port and super highway. As a way of supporting the project, the NNDC will be constructing a 14 kilometer dual carriage road from Calabar to link up with the deep sea port.
This development did not go down well with Mr. Ifere Paul who took to his usual platform- facebook to blast Sen. Ndoma Ebga as well as expressing his disappointment in him.

 ‘I feel so worried that we don't pay attention to the most pressing issues. Our leaders are often overtaken by rhetoric, and unsubstantiated white elephants projects.’ Paul lamented

Paul said that he felt disgusted and caught a fever down his stomach when he read that the Ndoma Egba led NDDC have decided to collaborate with the state government to constructs a 14 kilometer road linking the deep sea port (a project which he refers to as Non-existence) instead of attending to critical issues like the deplorable state of the Ogoja-Ikom-Calabar High way that has currently a death trap and is reported to have injured to near death no fewer than 3 persons

‘Who is using the deep seaport now? Who is using the superhighway now? Would Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba use the super highway to travel to his village at this point in time?’ Paul Questioned

Mr. Ifere Paul’s statement reads in full

I'm So Sad.
I feel so worried that we don't pay attention to the most pressing issues. Our leaders are often overtaken by rhetoric, and unsubstantiated white elephants projects.
On the 9th of October, I made an SOS appeal to Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, Chairman NDDC, on the deplorable conditions of the Ogoja-Ikom-Calabar Highway that has given way around Biase LGA.
It is a thing of concern that no fewer than 3 persons has been reportedly injured with life threatening injuries at that spot as their vehicle capsized into the depression on the highway around Biase.
It is in fact sad that at a moment when the NDDC Chairman should have used his authority to attract intervention on that spot, he chose instead to go give his support to the nonexistent superhighway and deep seaport.

Reading articles about Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba visit to Governor Ben Ayade in Calabar, and pledging support for the construction of 14 Kilometers of the deep seaport road makes me sick to the stomach.
Who is using the deep seaport now? Who is using the superhighway now? Would Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba use the super highway to travel to his village at this point in time?
I am seriously disappointed by the type of leadership we have in Cross River State now. I feel disgusted right now.

What is not certain here is whether Mr. Paul’s anger towards his party man is because the NDDC that is led by an APC man is supporting a PDP led state project or the fact that he does not believe in the said White elephant project or may be on the other hand, does he think the NDDC chairman is insensitive to the urgent needs of the people?


Ukorebi Esien writes from Calabar

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