Ayade Begins Paying Local Gov’t Retirees Gratuities As Potholes Re-Appear On Repaired Calabar- Akpabuyo Road

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By Jonathan Ugbal; Government House Correspondent

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Unconfirmed Information reaching CrossRiverWatch suggests that the Cross River State Government has begun paying gratuities to retirees of the state’s unified local government system and primary school teachers.

Sources in government house, Calabar reveal that the payment which began in May, 2016 has seen around 500 retirees receive their gratuities in what the source said will be a continuous process.

Also, a bulk message emanating from an aide to the governor on social media, Emmanuel Ulayi sent on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at about 9:30 PM with the sender Identity “CSG” read; “Gov Ayade pays over 500 pensioners their Gratuities in CRS [Rtd LGA staff/Primary school teachers] Pension board boss, Dr. Peter Adigeb disclose.”

But, as at press time, CrossRiverWatch was yet to get comments from the chairman of the pension’s board, Peter Adigeb.

The governor, Benedict Ayade has in the past year, received praises and criticism for his continuous payment of salaries to state civil servants which since December 2015, has become irregular following his pronouncement last year that salaries will be paid on the 25th of every month.

However, he has not been able to replicate this at the local government level and to retirees as sources in government say those who retired since 2014 were yet to receive their gratuities while pensions have not been paid for a long time too.

The governor who has been out of the country almost a month now is rumoured to be back in the country and currently residing in Abuja the nation’s capital.

Meanwhile, in another development potholes have begun reappearing in the Calabar – Akpabuyo road which was recently rehabilitated by the state government. Though minor, but due to the pressure by heavy duty trucks which ply the route in huge numbers daily and the lack of a drainage system, our reporter says the road may yet again collapse in the near future.

However, motorists plying the route who spoke with CrossRiverWatch could not hide their joy over the rehabilitation of the road.

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2 commentsOn Ayade Begins Paying Local Gov’t Retirees Gratuities As Potholes Re-Appear On Repaired Calabar- Akpabuyo Road

  • Our highways and road pavements, be it asphalt or concrete, are never designed which is the main reason that potholes develop immediately following rehabilitation.

    A road/highway that is designed and paved with asphalt should last at least 10 years while that paved with concrete should later at least 15 years before the pavements start to show signs of distress that will require repaving.

    The use of the roads/highways by heavy trucks should not cause any damage to it if the roads/hifhways were designed for the appropriate vehicles that are expected to travel on it. You do not build a bridge for foot and bicycle traffic and expect it not to fail when a car is driven on it.

    These so-called paved roads/highways in developing countries such as Nigeria do not even meet the standards of street sidewalks used for foot traffic in developed countries! For example, the material quality and thickness of sidewalks are far superior and thicker to those used in Nigerian roads/highways that carry vehicular traffic.

    If there is doubt that the roads/highways were never designed, ask the agency in charge of road/highway construction in the state to show you the set of construction documents developed for the project PRIOR to the start of construction which should include the blue prints (CAD drawings) for the design of the pavement and roadway.

    Until our infrastructure facilities are designed and constructed according to established specifications and standards we will continue to waste our scarce resources on inferior products that will never serve the purpose for which they were built for.

    It is unfortunate. We need visionary leaders.

    • The second and third paragraphs should read as follows:

      “A road/highway that is designed and paved with asphalt should last at least 10 years while that paved with concrete should last at least 15 years before the pavements start to show signs of stress that will require repaving.”

      “The use of the roads/highways by heavy trucks should not cause any damage to it if the roads/highways were designed for the appropriate vehicles that are expected to travel on it. You do not build a bridge for foot and bicycle traffic and expect it not to fail when a car is driven on it.”

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