Jonathan Approves Extension of East-West Road to Calabar

In Breaking News, National News, Reports

by crossriverwatch admin

East West Road
East West Road

The pressure on the Calabar-Itu Road linking Cross River and Akwa Ibom States will soon be over as President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the extension of the East-West Road to Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

The Minister of Niger Delta, Darius Dickson Ishaku, confirmed this at the weekend while briefing newsmen during a two-day workshop on the initial implementation of the Niger Delta Action Plan held in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

He said the completion of the East-West Road was delayed because of funding, indicating that the project which is 75 per cent completed, would be handed over early next year as the ministry was negotiating funding from the Sure-P, ADB and Infrastructure Bank.

However, the minister explained that the Oron-Calabar East-West Road was in the process of finalization, saying the design and other things had already been done while the federal government plans to obtain loan from China to fund the project.

“Jonathan at his last visit to China had concluded negotiation on the loan. Anytime that loan is concluded, the project should be able to hit the ground and start. We are waiting for the completion of the loan agreement,” he said.

Although the minister didn’t disclose the cost for the extension of the East-West Road to Calabar, he noted that the project to Calabar was mainly a 23-kilometer bridge indicating that the cost would be made public once everything was concluded.

Ishaku pointed out that the confusion between the ministry and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) on project execution would soon be over as the workshop on the Niger Delta Action Plan was aimed at drawing a concert line the boundary between the two bodies, who is to do what, when and where.

“That should be able to tell NDDC where to go in and where it should not. We are thinking of handling the major an supper projects; we are hoping the NDDC should be able to handle the mini and micro projects; the State and Local government should also have their own areas,” he said.

The minister stressed that a lot had been achieved since the creation of the ministry in the area of shoreline protection, road, electrification, water and construction of 40 housing unit in each state of the Niger Delta region.

He said the challenges of the ministry are many including control of pollution in the whole region, oil pipeline vandalism and oil theft. “a particular challenge is how to employ most of the youths trained in the region.”

Ishaku expressed concern over the low industrialization of the Niger Delta region, saying the plan of the ministry was to ensure the region develop as a major hub in petro-chemical industry in the country and the West Africa region.

follow us on twitter @crossriverwatch

Since You Are Here, Support Good Journalism


CrossRiverWatch was founded on the ideals of deploying tech tools to report in an ethical manner, news, views and analysis with a narrative that ensures transparency in governance, a good society and an accountable democracy.

Everyone appreciates good journalism but it costs a lot of money. Nonetheless, it cannot be sacrificed on the altar of news commercialisation.

Consider making a modest contribution to support CrossRiverWatch's journalism of credibility and integrity in order to ensure that all have continuous free access to our noble endeavor.

CLICK HERE

New Feature: Don't miss any of our news again.Get all our articles in your facebook chat box.Click the Facebook Messenger Icon below to subscribe now

Text Advert by CRWatch :Place Yours

Will You To Learn How To Make Millions Of Naira Making Special Creams From Your Kitchen?.Click Here


Expose Your Business And Make More Sales. Advertise On CrossRiverWatch.com Today

You may also read!

Youths Council Chairman Declares 5 Million Naira Subvention From Government, Distance Self From Politics

By Maxwell Effiong The National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, Cross River State Chapter has urged youths to shun

Read More...

You Can’t Receive Pension Because You Served As Acting Governor, Court Tells Former House Of Assembly Speaker

By News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)  The National Industrial Court in Abuja on Tuesday declared as lacking in merit,

Read More...

Woman Arrested For Sexually Trading Her 7 Year-Old Granddaughter In Enugu, 3 Suspected Armed Robbers, Car Thief Arrested In Calabar

By CrossRiverWatch Admin The Enugu State Police Command has arrested an aged woman for allegedly giving out her seven-year-old

Read More...

One commentOn Jonathan Approves Extension of East-West Road to Calabar

Leave a reply:

Your email address will not be published.

Mobile Sliding Menu

Share this now