by crossriverwatch admin
The Cross River State Political Network, CRISPON has called on the State Government to intervene in the gridlock that has become a permanent feature at the Odukpani Junction in Calabar.
Deep craters have made the Calabar – Uyo road, which is a federal government road, almost impassable for a long time now but no level of government seem to be showing interest in fixing the road to enable free flow of traffic.
Last week Thursday witnessed a total lock down of the road when a trailer broke down on the road. Movement into Calabar was completed cut off by the blockade from morning till night fall and stranded commuters trekked several kilometers to their destinations.
But while celebrating with Mr. Legor Idagbo the Cross River State Commissioner for Works on the occasion of his Birthday at his State Housing home in Calabar, the organization called on the Commissioner to consider dualizing the road to ameliorate the hardship experienced by motorists.
Director General of CRISPON, Prince Mike Abuo while speaking to the Commissioner, commended the work that the Ministry of Works under his leadership is doing in the state and urged the Commissioner not to relent in his drive to build enduring infrastructure for the state.
He lamented the poor state of the road and said the dualisation of the road will curtail the losses experienced by the State and those transacting businesses along the route.
He also reiterated the group’s strong and unwavering support for a Northern Governor in Cross River State come 2015 as opined by the Governor, Sen Liyel Imoke.
Responding, Mr. Idagbo said the Federal Government has given an Executive Order that before Federal roads are worked on by State Governments, they have to get clearance from the Federal Government and that the Cross River State Government has written to the Federal Government already over the matter.
He added that the State Government is through with the design and cost for the dualisation of the Odukpani road and the cost to do that from TINAPA to Odukpani is put at Seven Billion Naira and that work on the project will soon commence.
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