Bakassi Council builds motor park near Cameroon border

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By Akpan David, Calabar

Chairman of Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River State, Chief Iyadim Amboni Iyadim has disclosed that high volume of vehicles has influenced the council to construct an international motor park near Cameroon border.
He said that the international motor park in is Ikang community.
At a meeting with Ikang community stakeholders in Bakassi, Iyadim said thatModalities have been worked between the Council and Ikang Community.
Iyadim said the motor park will meet international border town status, adding that the strategic location will also boost the economy of the council, create job as well as enhance an organised transport system in the area.
Iyadim who led members of the Bakassi Local Government executive council during an interactive session with Ikang Clan Council at the palace of the Clan Head of Ikang, HRH Etinyin Effiong Kenneth Effiong, disclosed that Bakassi has attained an international status as a border town and it behoves on the council to create an enabling and viable environment to attract investors and visitors
Iyadim, represented by the Vice Chairman Bakassi Local Government Area,  Hon Etieka Mrs Lawrencia Ita, stated that God has blessed Bakassi as an economic hub of both the state and the country as well as an international trading centre strategically located, adding that the citing of a befitting motor park was another way of boosting the economic potentials of the area
According to him, the Internally Generated Revenue IGR of the area and its monthly federal allocation was not adequate enough to meet the developmental vision of the council and there was need to initiate  other means of generating revenue.
“The influx of vehicular traffic calls for the opening of a befitting motor park in the area to decongest the roads of irregular and indecent parking as well as generate revenue through an organised system, so we are here to negotiate for a piece of land for the construction of a motor park”, he opened up
Responding, the clan head of Ikang, HRH Etinyin Effiong Kenneth Effiong, commended the Chairman in his desire  to build a motor park in the area, and suggested that such a meeting be rescheduled to a later date to enable all the parties involved  participate
The Secretary of Ikang Clan Council, Chief Essien Eyo, commended Iyadim, who during his tenure as Chairman Security Council, Bakassi LGA has called for the establishment of a motor park and an abattoir in the area , called on the Chairman to appeal to Border Communities Development Agency BCDA to revisit its abandoned market project located in the area
Eyo, however, disclosed that a motor park hitherto  located in the area was abandoned and later converted to a market and said a suggestion for a central motor park was a welcome idea, advising that a workshop be organized for revenue agents and sensitization  to ensure investors are not driven away
The Secretary of Council Hon Eyo Bassey Edet in his remarks,  described the council as humane in its efforts to acquire a land for a central motor park for overriding public interest through  negotiation than resorting to executive powers.

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