Cross River State governor, Liyel Imoke has in strong terms, directed the Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development to discontinue work at the proposed Atimbo Federal Housing Scheme, citing environmental impact violations as the reason for the directive.
The directive was conveyed by Imoke’s deputy, Efiok Cobham, when he paid an unsheduled visit to the project site in Atimbo, Calabar Municipality.
Calitown.com sources in the Ministry of Environment defended the governor’s action, saying the federal ministry commenced the execution of the project without appropriate agencies in the state giving her the go ahead. Particularly they say the site, already prone to flooding, may witness flooding of unimaginable proportions in the area, threatening lives and property, if the project went ahead.
Further investigations show that the clearing exercise violated the forest policy of the state meant to protect and conserve the world’s 25th bio-diversity hotspot. At the time of going to press, the “stop work” order was firmly in place.
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