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Gov Otu Seeks FG Collaboration On Food Security, WASH


Gov.. Bassey Otu (L) and the Minister of State for Water Resources and Sanitation, Hon. Bello Goronyo

Cross River State Governor, Senator Bassey Otu, has sought collaboration with relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government in a bid to address food security, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in the state.

Otu who made the call while playing host to the Minister of State for Water Resources and Sanitation, Hon. Bello Goronyo, in Calabar, described water as one of the most important components of food production, the governor lauded the federal government’s effort in improving water resources, especially in the River Basins.

This was contained in a press release made available to newsmen on Thursday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Emmanuel Ogbeche.

“We in Cross River are open to more River Basins. We are carrying out feasibility studies on two or three locations. That was why immediately after the inauguration of the State Executive Council, we made sure that members quickly aligned with ministers at the federal level to understand programmes on board and possible areas of synergy with the view to bring the needed benefits for Cross Rivererians,” the governor stated.

He remarked that though a subnational, Cross River runs a Renewed Hope Agenda that is rooted in people-oriented policies and programmes, adding that the grassroots programmes are being felt by the masses.

“We want to ensure food security as quickly as possible. Once there is food security, there is a guarantee for the security of almost every other segment of society,” he said.

The governor further said: “We are working hard to improve sanitation and hygiene. We want to eradicate open defecation completely from Cross River State.

“We need your ministry’s support and also seek collaborations with relevant MDAs like the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to enable us achieve our set objectives.”

Earlier, the Minister who lauded the governor for his leadership disposition, said his team, was in Calabar on a familiarisation visit of the River Basin.

Goronyo noted that there are several projects to be carried out by his ministry in partnership with the state government, while commending Governor Otu for budgetary provision as counterpart funding for the projects billed to be executed in the state. 

He reassured of his ministry’s support for the delivery of projects that would enhance the living standard of the people.


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