The people of Bekwarra Local Government of Cross River State have lamented the absence of government support for a very long time.
Parts of some communities in the LGA look like something snatched from a forgotten past and forcibly transplanted into the 21st century.
The communities are now more isolated villages, suffering from neglect as no one seems to be aware of their existence.
According to the 2006 census, Bekwarra has a total population of 105,822 and also has an area of 306 square kilometers (118 sq mi), yet the people are suffering and smiling.
Bekwarra, which is many kilometers from the state’s capital, Calabar, lacks many basic amenities – potable water, electricity, good health facilities, and dilapidated primary schools.
The LGA which is supposed to be one of the richest LGAs in Cross River North is like a tiny mole on the back of a giant, it appears the government of the vast state has practically forgotten the community exists.
Many still rely on stream water. The roads are bad and people always complain of hunger. If you decide to do a major bank transaction, you have to visit Ogoja LGA before that can be done.
Of the general lack in the community, one that troubles them the most is the absence of any form of electricity.
It was gathered that despite repeated promises from government bodies, electricity remains a major problem for the inhabitants.
Because of the absence of electricity in the community, most youths indulge in all forms of social vices at night.
90 percent of Bekwarra people are in total darkness. The last time they saw light was in 2015.
It was also gathered that community members do not love themselves. Once they realize their brothers or sisters are making progress, they look for every possible means to bring the person down.
The health facilities have little or no drugs, with few staff and they are not consistent; probably because the clinic is dilapidated and has no drugs to administer to people.
Worse of all are the roads leading to some of the villages when coming from Calabar, it is more of a death trap, in the rainy season.
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