The Cross River State House of Assembly (CRSHOA) has directed that Cross River State Property Investment Limited (CROSPIL) should collaborate with Calabar Municipal Council to replant the sign posts of streets in the various locations where they were hitherto removed.
The directive was given on the floor of the House of Assembly, following a motion moved by Hon. Efa Esua, member representing Calabar Municipality and seconded by Hon. Elucate Ekom, member representing Obubra 11 State constituency, calling on the House to resolve a misunderstanding on the right to name streets within CROSPIL estates in Calabar.
The House Further resolved that henceforth, the Chairman of Calabar Municipality should always collaborate with Cross River State property investment limited CROSPIL in naming streets within CROSPIL estate when there is need.
It was also resolved that the relevant House Committee should collaborate with the Local Government Legislative Committee to develope a framework for changing of streets names within the Local Government.
Earlier, the chairman House Committee on Lands, Housing and New Cities Development, Hon. Efa Esua, while presenting a report on the removal of street naming sign post of the Calabar Municipal Council recalled that the House had received a letter titled ‘’removal of street naming by staff of CROSPIL’’ dated 6th September 2016 and sign by the chairman of Calabar Municipal Council Hon. Donatus Etim an address to Mr. Speaker Rt. Hon. John Gaul Lebo.
Etim had alleged that upon investigation his Staffs found out that CROSPIL had removed all streets signposts planted in both state and federal Housing estate and that it was embarrassment to the image and integrity of his council.
Esua claimed that the managing director of CROSPIL who was represented by the Company secretary, Barr. Francis Eyong, while responding to questions from the committee on Lands, Housing and New Cities Development, called on the Committee to use the opportunity of their conflict with Calabar Municipal Council to resolve issue of jurisdiction between CROSPIL and Calabar Municipal Council over the estate, taking cognizance that CROSPIL is a corporate entity even though located within Calabar Municipal Administrative area.
The Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, in summarizing the contributions of members maintained that the key principle for the relationship between CROSSPIL and Calabar Municipality should be collaboration and that the Assembly was out to make peace and not to promote conflict.