By Jonathan Ugbal
The member representing Obudu/Obanliku/Bekwarra federal constituency in the National Assembly, Hon. Legor Idagbo has called on the federal government to assist the Cross River State government in the rehabilitation of the Calabar – Ikom highway.
Legor who says the cost of the road is too much for the state government to handle alone made the call while speaking with NTA’s Justina Etim where he explained that the road constructed in the seventies has given way due to expiration of materials used.
“This road was constructed in the seventies and so the culverts on this road are collapsing” Legor said.
“Corrugated iron sheets were used for these culverts and these sheets have expired, they have outlived their usefulness” he said.
CrossRiverWatch has reported severally on the plight of commuters with some from the northern part of the state going through Abakaliki in Ebonyi state to get to Calabar.
A contract was awarded in 2015 to Sermatech construction limited to rehabilitate the Ugep – Alesi axis and less than 10 percent of the job has been done with the delivery date set for January 2017.
Also, a contract for the construction of another bridge at Ikom valued at over 6 billion Naira is yet to begin as the contractor did not mobilize to site.
Meanwhile, John Wellstone, contracted to focus on the Ndok Junction to Abuochiche junction axis of the Calabar – Ikom – Katsina Ala road is far beyond schedule as less than 10 percent of the job has been done with delivery date also January 2017.
Below is the report as originally aired by the Nigeria Television Authority.
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