By Obongha James/Ike Emmanuel
A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Progenitors of African Development has fixed some major pot holes causing huge traffic build up at IBB Way by Ekong Ita road, Calabar the Cross River State capital.
The pot holes which seat at Ekong Ita by IBB Way have been there for a while now and have hindered free flow of traffic within the area.
Speaking to journalists on why they decided to embark on the project, Maurice Nkong, Executive Director of the group said his NGO which is composed of young leaders committed and focused at developing leaders decided to fix the bad spot because of the huge gridlock it causes as the road is a major route.
According to him, their estimated cost of the entire project is three hundred thousand naira (300, 000) only.
He went on to commend the State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade who he disclosed gave them some financial support after they applied to the relevant authorities seeking for approval to fix major bad spots on the road.
“We wanted to fix three major bad spots around Etta Agbor and Marian road but when we applied we were informed that the State Government is set to commence work on them but because of our approach we were granted just the Ekong Ita axis to fix. When we had an opportunity to meet the Governor who was marveled at our gesture, he supported us with something”.
A cross section of motorists plying the route when spoken to expressed gratitude to the NGO with Mike, a Toyota Highlander owner saying, “The road has been bad for over 4 months now and no move from the relevant State agency to fix it but they have tried, this pot hole you see here causes hold up down to Etta Agbor roundabout, Rabana and Ekong Ita by Ndidem Usang Iso”.
Ini Akan, a taxi driver said: “I’m grateful because we drivers who ply this route are the ones who bear the real pain because you will burn fuel to roll slowly through this place and the road is too narrow. They have tried but other places are still left, let government or other good people help us”.
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