By Jonathan Ugbal; Government House Correspondent
The Cross River State Government says it will in a couple of weeks sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Chad on the proposed Bakassi deep seaport.
The Governor, Senator Ben Ayade stated this Tuesday when he hosted some Federal Lawmakers in the state for oversight functions where he also solicited support for the project and the 260 kilometers long Superhighway which will serve as an evacuation corridor.
Represented by his deputy, Professor Ivara Esu, Ayade said that; “In a couple of weeks we will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (with Chad) that they propose to use our seaport because it is easier for them to get goods that will be coming in through the seaport going through that highway so it is a very strategic project not just for Cross River State but for the country.”
On the Superhighway, he pointed out why they had to support the projects and called on them to “chip in something” to ensure that the projects estimated to cost between NGN700billion and NGN1.2trillion are completed for commissioning in the current tenure as hope by President Muhammadu Buhari on October, 2015 when he performed the ground-breaking ceremony for the road.
“We will like you to look at it like a project of the Federal Government, one in the sense that the President is involved and who is asking about the progress of work and therefore we will like you to see what you can do to ensure that it is reflected in the budget” he said.
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