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Cross River can’t take our 38,000 cocoa estate without agreement – Community head

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The group head of Akin Osomba in Akamkpa LGA of Cross River State, Ntufam Patrick Etim has stated that they won’t enable the state authorities to exert possession of their 38,000 hectares of cocoa property with out a written settlement.

Akin Osomba group had earlier expressed willingness to donate the property to the state authorities.

Talking in Calabar the place he got here to see the 2 hectares cocoa demonstration farm, he maintained that the settlement or a Memorandum of Understanding is signed with them that they’ll hand over the property to the state authorities.

He careworn that the MOU will give alternative for each events to finish needed paper work to pave manner for full possession by the state authorities.

“We wish the state governor to go to our group and get the mandatory paperwork carried out, together with signing an settlement, in order that it could take full possession of the cocoa farm for the betterment of all of the stakeholders.”.

Additionally talking on the difficulty, Particular Adviser to Gov. Ben Ayade on Cocoa Improvement and Management, Dr. Oscar Ofuka acknowledged that growth of cocoa money crop by the administration of senator professor Ben Ayade stays the best legacies to be left behind when its tenure elapses.

He expressed hope that authorities will work in the direction of regularising possession of cocoa estates in elements of the state.

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