By Joseph Kingston, Calabar
Leaders and people of Ojor community in Akamkpa local government area of Cross River state have accused the neighbouring Uyanga people of instigating another round of communal conflict by blocking the only access road through which they go in and out of their community.
Speaking with our reporter in his palace, the Obol Loche V, Obol Paulinus M. Ogar said that on several occasion, their attackers had blocked the same road thereby stopping them from accessing the outside world, but warned that they could react if pushed to the wall.
“It is imperative to draw the attention of Governor Ben Ayade, to the fact that the Uyanga youths are still bent on blocking Ojor road despite the instruction given by the peace meeting bodies that the Ojor road should no longer be blocked for any reason.
“Relevant authorities should better advise them to adhere to the peace conditions and give peace a chance. We don’t intend to fight any neighbour except we are pushed to the wall,” the community Head submitted.
According to him, in order to avoid passing through Uyanga, the Ojor community was embarking on self-taxation to raise N10,000,000 (ten million naira) for the construction of 8 kilometre alternative road which would completely cut them off from Uyanga.
“This ugly and uncomfortable situation has pushed us into an unbudgeted construction of 8 kilometre alternative road to avoid passing through Uyanga as a means of ensuring a lasting peace and avoiding re-occurrence of that unpleasant situation. The road which is passing through Eng-Haut rubber plantation to Calabar River junction has already consumed over Ten Million Naira.
Obol Ogar also decried complete abandonment of the only secondary school in the area by successive Cross River government, saying “we also calling for the attention of our Governor to our dilapidated Secondary School building which needs an urgent attention.”
Our reporter who visited both the said school and the two bridges which are under construction observed that the major means of livelihood of the Ojor people is subsistence farming, and with the fear of unknown in the course of their farming business, the people are left with no other choice than to look up to God for solace.