Former Governor Peter Obi Berates Ayade Over Superhighway

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By Jeremiah Archibong and Jonathan Ugbal

From L-R: Peter Obi and Ben Ayade

Former Governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi has said the decision of Cross River Governor, Senator Ben Ayade to borrow for the proposed 260kilometers superhighway is a misplaced priority due.

Obi stated this Monday in Lagos while delivering a speech on the Nigerian economy on ‘The Platform’ where he lampooned the idea of borrowing for ideas he said will not help the country.

Though he did not mention Ayade directly or Cross River State, Governor Ayade and the Cross River State Government have continuously made headlines over the proposed SuperHighway which forms part of the Governor’s “Signature Projects.”

Obi probably unclear on the funding model of the project said that: “You go to the states, it is the same thing. People are borrowing to do Superhighway, Superhighway to where?

“Lets fix the small road uuu, Superhighway to where?

“When we are saying that we don’t have small rural roads to go to their village!

“That is what we need! If we can get that, that is enough for the mean time, that is enough but they are borrowing. They are borrowing to do flyover.”

Ayade had announced intentions to build the road on May 29, 2015 and following a ground breaking ceremony performed by Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, in October that same year, work stopped due to concerns over alleged land grabbing, encroachment into forest reserves, the Environmental Impact Assessment among others.

The project has continued to generate controversy with the state accusing relevant authorities of politicking with the state’s future.

But the federal government, in 3 public fora announced that the Environmental Impact Assessment carried out by the state does not meet the basic requirements.

Below is the video obtained by CrossRiverWatch


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4 commentsOn Former Governor Peter Obi Berates Ayade Over Superhighway

  • Peter Obi is ignorant as he does not realize the difference between investment and borrowing. An investor who is expected to build, operate and transfer is not lending you money, he is investing with an eye on profit, he bears the risk while the contract lasts, which is why the undertake vigorous feasibility studies before agreeing to invest! He needs understanding.

  • Super WHAT? We Cross riverians should know that this is pure politics. Ayade is a BUSINESS MAN

  • i may not really fancy the idea of the fly over when it is not necessary. But the value of a good road network can not be over emphasized especially in nigeria. So the supper highway is a real necessity in crossriver state. As it brings northern part of the state closer to the south and can open up the economy of nothern crossriver as the agricultural produce there can be easily brought down to the south as our federal road has become a death trap. So the potential of the super highway cannot be over emphasized in connection with the deep seaport.

  • Peter Obi, you are WRONG!

    Peter Obi does not live in Cross River State. He does not travel on Cross River State roads. None of his family members have died as a result of deplorable road conditions in Cross River State.

    What matters is that we in Cross River State eagerly await the construction of the superhighway.

    Countries that have experienced rapid development all over the world have very good network of roads among other functional infrastructure.

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