Wednesday, 2 September 2020

C'River lawmaker celebrates New Yam Festival, assures Constituents of meaningful development


Ukorebi Esien | 1st September 2020

A lawmaker with the Cross River State House of Assembly, Hon. (Dr). Davies Etta has called on Cross Riverians with emphasis on indigenes of the Bahumono Nation of Abi Local Government Area to continually embrace peace, adding that peace is a strong force that drives development in any giving society.

Etta who represents Abi State Constituency in the Cross River State House of Assembly made this known when he attended the Rathobhai (New Yam Festival) of Ebom, one of the communities submerged in the various communal wars that had besieged the entire Bahumono Nation of Abi Local Government Area. The lawmaker appreciated the good people of Bahumono for the support given to him during the Peace Building Process, stating that the celebration of Rathobhai ( New Yam Festival) is geared towards promoting Piece, love, and togetherness. 

Addressing the crowd the lawmaker said, "I want to especially thank you for giving me the privilege to represent you in the Cross River State House of Assembly and for your support in the cause of bringing this peace back to the region. The essence of this festival is to promote peace, love, and  togetherness amongst the Bahumono people."

"...although We have been deprived of this because of the insecurity, I thank God that this year, it's obvious that with the peace, the occasion is more colorful and as we progress with your corporation, we will have more colorful festivals..." Etta said.

He called on his constituents to wholly embrace the peace they have long desired while adding that insecurity had derived them of such magnitude of celebration and development. According to him, "Development is a coward, it does not thrive where there's no peace. In the past 15 years, the Bahumono community has been in crisis and there has been no meaningful development. It is my belief that with the advent of this peace that we have all  embraced, developments will start manifesting itself in earnest in no distant time." 

Speaking with newsmen, Etta noted that Bahumono as a nation needs to come together to chart a course for their development, stating that all hands need to be on deck to make this happen. He, therefore, called on all appointees of government, political office holders, professionals, and entrepreneurs from Bahumono to collectively collaborate towards the development of the area. 

The lawmaker mentioned that Bahumono has lost 15 years to crisis and underdevelopment, stating that he will bring this to the notice of the state governor, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade the need to revisit all projects meant for the area that was not executed or not budgeted for due to insecurity, promising that such projects will be revisited. 

The past 15 years have eluded us and as such we have not recorded any meaningful development but because of the peace we have agreed amongst ourselves, we are going to record massive development going forward by the Grace of God. I want to assure my people that as their representative in the House of Assembly, it will be my responsibility to call the governors attention to the fact that we are now living in peace and as such all, the projects that were suspended should now be revisited the projects that were supposed to be captured in the budget that was not captured because the insecurity should now be captured.

I also want to advise all Bahumono communities to embrace this peace right from their minds and heart and treasure and cherish it, as we begin to engage each other and regain confidence we will surely get there because the peace will stay.

Also speaking, the Commissioner for Special Duties, Hon. Francis Etta expressed delight and appreciation to God for the peace in the Bahumono Nation, stating that the governor has promised to restore to Bahumono all that eluded them in the days of their crisis and insecurity. 

"This celebration is not just for the Ebom community but here we have members of the 9 communities that make up the Bahumono Nation. Because of the peace we now believe we are going to enjoy security and development."

We are here to Celebrate the Peace and love that has eluded the entire Bahumono Nations in the past 15 years and we give God the glory for that. His Excellency, the governor has also assured us that all the things that have eluded us due to our insecurity challenge will be restored." He concluded.