The Becheve community in Obudu Ranch resort community in Obanliku LGA of Cross River State has commended Governor Ben Ayade for pulling down many of their ancient houses to build modern ones for them.
They have also hailed him for embarking on the building of his own mansion in one of the eight surrounding communities of the Ranch Resort.
The Secretary of the Ranch community, Mr Oyulu Godwin, in an interview with Niger Delta Trust, said that when the governor had at an earlier visit to the community said he was ashamed that members of the community were living in dilapidated muddy huts.
The governor had said that such was not befitting the neighborhood of the globally famous Obudu Mountain Resort.
Also speaking, a youth leader, Ikpeh Festus Apah, also commended the governor and confirmed that the governor was building nine flats already to replace the ones demolished.
“The governor pulled down several ancient houses and has started building 60 housing units of two bedroom flats. As we speak, the construction has reached lintel level.
“The governor has also started to build his own personal house near the Ranch just like Donald Duke did for himself and for his successor and friend, Senator Liyel Imoke, when he was minister.”
Apah said the governor told them that his ‘charity will end at home’, meaning that upon completion of his second term as governor of the state, he will return home.
Ayade hails from neighbouring Obudu LGA, whose native community is a stone throw to the Ranch.
According to the youth leader, they are very pleased with the governor for making his presence felt in the community by resuscitating the Obudu Mountain Resort, which he said has ignited more economic activities in the communities.