The Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Mr. John Gaul-Lebo, and the Director-General of the state’s Primary Healthcare Agency, Dr. Betta Edu, on Thursday paid school fees of 5, 000 displaced pupils in the troubled Adadama community in the Abi Local Government Area.
An age-long communal clash between the people of Addams and their Amagu neighbours in Ikwo LGA of Ebonyi State over a parcel of farmland has claimed several lives and rendered thousands of families homeless.
As a result of the fight, parents have ceased going to their farms for fear of being caught unawares. The situation has affected educational activities in the area, resulting in the inability of the parents to pay school fees for their children and wards.
Speaking during an intervention programme for the beneficiaries, the Speaker, who is from the war-torn area, said he was worried about the devastating effect of the fight.
Gaulle said, “I have been having sleepless night over the people’s welfare, especially the education of the children in the ward. We are happy to intervene by paying your fees and providing you with basic educational materials.
“As time goes by and our abilities increase, we shall do more and extend our relief programmes to students of tertiary institutions in the community.
Remain peaceful and focused for you are the light of our community and immediate families.”
In her comment, Edu said that grants would also be given to the most vulnerable people in the devastated village as part of their social responsibility initiatives as leaders representing the community in government.
She said that the state governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, was passionate about the social welfare of the people.
Edu advised the pupils to take their studies seriously and stay away from anti-social vices that could kill their careers.
“Education should be your priority. It remains your greatest weapon to destroy your enemies who wish to take over your land and make it very difficult for your parents to pay your fees and meet up with your demands.
“There are future presidents, governors, ministers and billionaires among you,” Edu said.