Cross River State Government Pledges Maximum Support for Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway Project

Cross River State Government Pledges Maximum Support for Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway Project
Governor Bassey Otu of Cross River State has assured the Federal Ministry of Works of his administration's full support for the successful execution of the Lagos-Calabar coastal highway project. 
The project, which is a significant initiative of President Bola Tinubu, aims to enhance connectivity and promote economic growth along the coastal regions of Nigeria.

Speaking at a stakeholders' engagement in Calabar, the Governor, represented by his deputy, Rt. Hon Peter Odey, emphasized the importance of good road networks to the economic development of the state, region, and nation. He directed the state Commissioner for Works to ensure smooth execution of the project, scheduled to begin in August, and assured the minister of works that the state government had secured the necessary approval to pay compensation for the right of way.

The Minister of Works, Senator David Umahi, described the project as a legacy initiative of President Tinubu that will outlive his administration and many others to come. He disclosed that the project will facilitate smoother transportation, boost trade activities, and spur regional development. The minister also prioritized the completion of ongoing projects in the 2025 budget, rather than initiating new ones.

The stakeholders' engagement was attended by various representatives, including national assembly members, public servants, traditional leaders, professional groups, social and religious leaders in Cross River State.

 The minister frowned at the poor handling of the existing contract of Odukpani-Itu federal road, directing contractors to return to the site or risk revocation of their contracts.

The Lagos-Calabar coastal highway project is expected to span 130km in Cross River State, with a 92km spur crossing Enugu, Ebonyi, Benue, Kogi, Nasarawa, Abuja, and Lagos states. The project's successful execution is crucial for the economic development of the region, and the Cross River State government's support is a significant step towards its realization.

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