Obudu Local Government Area
Obudu Local Government Area is in the Northern Senatorial District of Cross River State. Its headquarters is Obudu the home of the foremost tourist Centre in Nigerian, the Obudu Cattle Ranch. The ten wards in the local government area are as follows:-
- OBURU URBAN 1
- OBUDU URBAN 11
- UTUGWANG CENTRAL
- UTUGWANG NORTH
- UTUGWANG SOUTH
Since the inception of the present democratic dispensation in Obudu Local Government Area under the distinguished leadership of Honourable Walter Ugbe John Uke as Executive Chairman, the administration has consistently kept fate with the public given the three cardinal point vision canvasses throughout the electioneering campaign which brought this government to power. This to many observers is a reasonable panacea for the measure of success of any administration.
The three point programme are:-
- Human Resources Development
- Integrated Rural Development
- Road Construction and Rehabilitation
THE THREE CARDINAL PROGRAMMES
On assumption of office, the administration discovered the necessity to spread the three-point programme throughout the three-year tenure in office as provided in the Local Government Law of Cross River State.
The Obudu Local Government took s decisive step in implementing the Human Resource Development programme. This coincided with the fact that the size and nature of the existing administrative structure did not favour the democratic system that was to be enthroned. More manpower was needed to support the functionality of democracy in this tier of Government.
After due consultation with all departments and affiliate departments of the Local Government, two hundred and fifty six Persons were employed into the council in fulfillment of its programme. In the same vein 320 other Persons were employed on approval by the executive Chairman for the Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) to uplift the standards of primary education in the area. All these were achievable with the lean resources available to council.
Currently, the chairman’s wife has completed designing an “Aid and development programme ‘for the disabled children chest unit leper colony in Obudu Local Government Area. It is also in the light of human Resources development that this administration plays a supportive role to U.N.D.P. in the programme.
On infrastructural development, many projects have been initiated, contracts have been duly considered and awarded. Some of these projects have been completed and work is at advance stage in others.
The completed project include: -
- Extension of Chairman’s office
- Construction of Legislative Chambers
- Landscaping and surface dressing of council premises with granite.
- Building of a main block to accommodate works and Agric. Department of council
- Construction of a 4-class room block at RCM Ohong
- Construction of a Health Centre at Bayobri Ukpe Obudu
- Repair of council vehicles
- Purchase of 4new cars for key officers of council
- Purchase. Hiace Bus for legislators
- Renovation of Administrative block at Council Secretariat.
Because of the lean resources available to council, most of its projects have not been completed though at advance stages. These projects are: -
The Ultra modern Civic Centre in Obudu town. This pet project is near completion and it is the hoped of council that it will be commissioned shortly.
Work is at advanced stage for the construction of a perimeter fence, gatehouse, Generator house and landscaping of the surroundings of the Civic Centre.
Security of lives and property became threatened when in less than a month two lives were lost to robbers and several vehicles were stolen. Boundary problems also escalated between Benue State and Cross River State in the Obudu frontier. To check this, council decided to build city gates at strategic locations. That of Obudu/Vendakya border is near completion while plans are under-way to commence work on those at Obudu/Obanliku and Obudu/Bekwara Borders.
On health, council has awarded contracts for the construction of a Cottage hospital at Ohong which has reached advanced stages of completion. The Health Centre at Ukpe has been completed and is waiting commissioning.
In an effort to improve on primary education in the area and in accordance with the Federal Government Policy on Education, council is currently embarking on the construction of structures to accommodate pupils in schools. The building of a primary school block at Kutia is near completion. Similarly, council has made substantial support to the building of secondary school at Bebuawhan, Secondary School Okorongung and the construction of 6 class room blocks at Model Primary School Ohong which is at roofing level.
On Integrated Rural Development, council has played supportive roles to communities embarking on developmental projects by giving aid in kind and cash. In a bid to enhancing living conditions and to avoid health hazards, council embarks on disposal of refuse at sanitary dumps cited at strategic locations in Obudu Urban.
Government Agencies within Obudu are not left out of the scheme of things in this administration. Council has awarded contracts for the renovation of the Divisional Police Officer and judge’s Quarters which have been hitherto inhabitable. Communication gadgets such as Telephone lines, High frequency Radio and Intercom Radio are already being installed within the council headquarters.
On sports, this administration has brought the standards of the
Hilltop Football Club to enviable state by providing
them with enough kits and recruiting more serious footballers
into the team. A new management has also been constituted
for the club to improve its performance.
Council recently provided free medical services for the sick within the Local Government Area in conjunction with Cross River State Government, Greater Washington Society of Anesthesiology, Pro-health International, Eye Africa and other collaborating Agencies. A total of about 5,000 patients were treated during the exercise.