By Jonathan Ugbal
Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke today in a tour of Bekwarra and Obudu local government areas inspected and commissioned projects that apparently left question marks about the efficiency of the project monitoring, evaluation and implementation team of the various tiers of government.
The tour which CrossRiverWatch followed revealed that some of the roads leading to the site of the projects are in such a bad condition that unless one travels in special vehicles built for rough terrains, plying them becomes a herculean task.
Some sections of the roads were so bad our correspondent wondered if any construction or rehabilitation activity had been carried out on these roads in the recent past owing to the wide publicity by the Rural Access Mobility Project RAMP, of these roads.
The Anyikang – Ochagbe axis of the Anyikang – Ochagbe – Afrike II road in Bekwarra local government area and the Utugwang – Okworogung – Mbube road in Obudu local government area are examples, with the former seeing only about 20 to 25 percent of the entire road tarred while the latter is worse.
While commissioning a Community Social Development Project (CSDP) electrification project in Okworogung, governor Liyel Imoke thanked the residents for creating and opportunity for him to experience firsthand, their plight and then promised to “do something” about it.
Some residents who spoke with CrossRiverWatch says they are quite frustrated with the road project which ought to have been completed by now. One of the residents said the entourage could access the project site only because it was dry season adding that during the rainy season, the mud makes the road completely inaccessible.
This scenarios beg the questions; how efficient is the project monitoring, evaluation and implementation?
And what is the rationale behind the project inspection and commissioning tour by the Governor at this critical election time?
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