Ebo Woleche- The Abandoned And Forgotten Community In Cross River State

By Egbara Emmanuel.

It was not until I visited home recently and decided to take a walk to Woleche -Ebo,Ebo Woleche is as old as Cross river state but remain disconnected in all sphere of Government present, I never imagined or believed that a Community known as Ebo Woleche has no trace of government present,else I forget the town call Ebo -Ipuole has only a community mortuary.

Many of my friends and family members live in Ebo Woleche but I never knew the actual state of the Community until recently.

Three weeks ago I visited the community and for the first time in the last ten years. I want to pour my heart and mind to concerned Cross Riverians .

I want to painfully and tearfully inform us that the Community lacked Government (Federal, State and Local Government) presence. They have no electricity, no water, no tarred road, no School, no Health Center, no police station, and no network. just nothing.

I am from Ebo Ipuole, a Community in Yala local government Area of Cross River state. Honestly, I was shocked when I discovered all these.
To believe this story, I will urge relevant agencies to visit Ebo Woleche to see with their own eyes, the condition and nature of the Community.

The road leading to the Community from Ebo Ipuole was also a hell. The first shocker was the untarred roads in the community. Ebo Woleche Community is as big as some council headquarters in Cross River state yet no single road is tarred. I drove around the Community and I could not see a single presence of government (Federal State, or Local Government).

I did not see pipe-borne water anywhere. I did not see Health Care Centre anywhere. I did not see Police Post. I did not see any Secondary School. No Market. No Electricity. No Petrol Station. No Hotel. The only Primary School in Woleche Community is completely dilapidated. The Pupils sit on the floor.
No Chairs, no Table.

There is no single government building in Woleche Community except the old dilapidated primary school. The Community has a very large expanse of land and its people are predominantly farmers. Honestly, there is nothing to show that this community is part of Yala LGA. There is nothing to show that this community is in Cross River State.

I was not only shocked at what I saw with my eyes, I was indeed devastated at the level of non-development in the community. I wondered why nobody from the Community drew the attention of government to the non-development in the Ebo Woleche Community, the same thing is the picture of Ebo Ipuole where I hail from but that will be a story for another day since many of our sons and daughters have been in government for years without any contribution to Wogada Land.

Donald was Governor from 1999 to 2007. Imoke was Governor from 2007 to 2015, AYADE took over in 2015 and he is still on the seat. Yet, nobody cared and cares to bring development to Ebo Community in Yala local LGA.

It pains me, it worries me and it disturbs me that Ebo Community has been abandoned and perhaps forgotten. I have also wondered the kind and quality of House of Assembly Representatives which that section of the state or have been having since 1999, to the extent that both Ebo Ipuole and Ebo Woleche Communities have been totally neglected.

It is equally shameful and indeed absurd that Ebo is a part of Yala LGA, yet people who are representing her for years and are even holding the positions of Directors of agencies and Special advisers on key areas have intentionally forgotten about the Community and refused to attract a single Government Project to it.

In a bid to get to the root of the non-development in Ebo Woleche I met with some community stakeholders. I was very lucky to meet the traditional ruler in his palace (also in shambles. The Royal Father received me well as if he was waiting for me. He thereafter narrated to me the history of Ebo Woleche Community.

His Royal Highness informed me that his Community had done everything humanly possible to attract development (amenities), but to no avail. The Traditional Ruler thereafter pleaded with me to use my contacts and influence to draw government’s attention to their plight in the Community, since those representing them at the various organs of government (House of Assembly, House of Representative, Senate and Political Appointees) have failed them woefully.

I was also taken to the Office of the Community Governing Council (CGC) but the place was under lock and key. I visited the only school in the Community. It is a primary school that is completely and totally dilapidated. I was shocked. But one thing I am yet to comprehend is that, while there are many Churches in Woleche Community, there is no government presence. That is if the Church could find Woleche Community attractive to show their presence, how come our government (Federal, State, LGA) has refused to show presence in this same Community?

I returned back to Lagos my base very late in the evening on that same 27th of October 2017. I did go to bed immediately. No. I quickly activated my contacts in the State Government, and poured my heart out, on the need to rush to Woleche Community and see clearly the non-developed condition of the place. For obvious reasons, I will not use this platform to go into detail on what I discussed with the powers that be in the State government.

Let me end this discourse by declaring that the easiest way to bring development to our Communities is through politics.

Religious activities, farming, trade (commerce) and investment brings development as well, but politics is the easiest and fastest way to bring development to our various communities. Those representing our constituencies in various organs of government should be alive to their responsibility by ensuring that they attract projects of various kinds to their communities.

To the people of Woleche Community, I appeal to them to stop crying.They should clean their eyes and stop shedding tears of government’s neglect.Almighty God has taken over their matter and in no distant time, results will start to manifest positively, in Jesus Mighty Name I Pray, AMEN.

I rest my pen.
Signed: Egbara Emmanuel Ikaba Senior Special Speaker on village matters to the voiceless.

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