By Our Correspondent
Cross River governorship aspirant and immediate past Special Adviser to Senator Imoke on Investments Promotion, Mr. Gerald Ada, has commenced intervention efforts at the very terrible Okpogrinya junction along the Ikom-Ogoja section of the Calabar-Ogoja-Katsina Ala federal highway.
When the CrossRiverWatch and calitown.com crew passed through the road to cover the Cross River North PDP caucus meeting in Ogoja, it was clear that the road had not only become impassable, it had become a death trap which even government officials themselves avoided using, preferring the Ediba-Abomege road.
On the crew’s return from Ogoja, the situation at the spot had completely deteriorated such that the crew like every other vehicle, had to meander through the village were youths had mounted toll gates and were extorting N200 naira each from motorists for assessing the thoroughfare.
But a member of the of the Gerald Adah Campaign Organization who spoke with us said: “We cannot continue to say this is a federal road even in the face of this kind of dilapidation. We may not have to tar the road. Just make it motorable for the people that will pass here so that life can keep moving.
“That is why we are intervening. This is not politics at all. We all got to that spot and realized how impossible it was becoming to pass through there. It was embarrassing and that is why Mr. Gerald immediately decided there and then that he was going to ensure the spot is fixed.
“Work has commenced and we will see it through to at least make sure that the spot becomes passable for motorists again.”
Construction materials including hardcore and piles of stones along with machinery were already on site as at press time and filling of the bad spot had commenced.
Several cars that had broken down at the spot littered the environment which is also hosting a military checkpoint.
Some drivers and villagers who spoke to CrossRiverWatch generally expressed joy and gratitude to the governorship aspirant for considering the plight of the road users and wished him all the best in his governorship aspiration.
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