By Our Reporter
Sen Bassey Otu has cautioned politicians to do more, by making themselves more accessible during and after electioneering season so as to avoid a repeat of the #EndSars experience in the state and across the country.
The former lawmaker told Journalists in Calabar recently. He said what happened during the #EndSars protest could be very insignificant compared to what might happen if politicians in the country do not work hard to satisfy the yearnings of Nigerians and Cross Riverians.
According to him “What happened during the #Endsars Protest, I Call It a mini- revolution. That invasion happened because the social contract between the people and their Representatives had broken
“A situation where political leaders only remember the electorates during elections and afterwards vanish and returns back during another electoral year became a major setback. Based on what transpired across the Country leaders must realise that an hungry man is an angry man” he said.
Otu who recalled his days at the red chambers said, he always ensured he had town hall meetings with his constituents every quarter. According to him, such meetings afforded him the opportunity to identify the challenges of the people in all sectors, including security issues and profer solutions to them.
“The Representatives should be able to interface with the people when it matters the most but the Cross River State experience is different. Most Representatives can not even pick the calls of their Constituents and that is the main predicament in the Cross River State Political Landscape.
On security, the former lawmaker said “We focused on the flash points where the areas were beginning to become a bit volatile that could cause problems in the society. We entered into those areas and got right down to the routes to know what the exact problem is and then know the people to collaborate with to drive the process to sort out the differences”
Prince Otu who also stressed on the need to support governor Ben Ayade said “We must wake up from our slumber and understand that nobody is going to build Cross River State for us and at this rate we are watching other neighbouring States go ahead of us with too many points.
“It is not good to allow that gap, if not the more we continue to fight and cause problems amongst ourselves, others are moving forward and at some point we will be ashamed of ourselves as a people.
“It is time we call ourselves together decisively to project a new Cross River State because now our leader is not just the leader of the All Progressives Congress but a Regional leader that has to be given support to achieve the huge regional impact that will move Cross River State Forward”