Worried by the dilapidated state of the Calabar-Ikom-Ogoja road, the Cross River state governor, Senator Bernard Ayade has said that fixing the road was his major priority.
The governor who was sworn into office few days ago disclosed that the Calabar-Ikom-Ogoja road which links Cross River to Abuja and states in the north will be given a facelift.
According to him, “we shall undertake the construction of a dual carriage super highway from Calabar through Ikom and Ogoja to the Ranch Resort in Obudu.”
Governor Ayade described the road constructed over 40 years ago but abandoned by successive governments as an ‘embarrassment’ to Cross River.
He also listed the building of a new sea port in Calabar as one of his ‘signature’ projects.
Apparently not perturbed by the state’s poor economic base, Governor Ayade noted “we aim to harness new ideas and technology to reconstruct our state.”
Some residents of Cross River said most of the projects envisaged by the new governor were not ‘feasible.’
A Calabar based legal practitioner, Chief Utum Eteng advised the new governor against making promises he may not be able to fulfill.
“This is a state that is battling to pay worker’s salaries; the courts have been on strike for several months now while the state University of Technology (CRUTECH) has been shut down. I do not know what magic he expects to do.”
On the new sea port the governor promised to construct, Chief Eteng said that will be another waste of public funds.
According to him, ‘he should rather ensure the moribund Calabar sea port functions maximally than waste our meager resources in constructing a new sea port.’