THE APPEALS OVER COLLAPSED CALABAR-ITU HIGHWAY

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Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has called on the Federal Government to rehabilitate the Calabar-Itu Road to save it from golly erosion which is seriously threatening its existence.

The governor made the call when he inspected one of the erosion sites along the road.

Calabar-Itu road is a Federal Road and the only major link between Akwa Ibom and Cross River as well as a gateway to the north.

It is of high economic importance as goods and services are moved through it to other parts of the country.

However, the road is under serious threat from golly erosion which has eaten deep into parts of it.

On an unscheduled visit to Enen Afaha axis of the road, Governor Udom Emmanuel, who described the situation as very serious and requiring urgent action, called on the Federal Government to intervene in order to save the road from total collapse.

The governor, who was accompanied by the Senator representing Akwa Ibom North-East, Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, Secretary to the State Government, Sir Etekamba Umoren and some permanent secretaries however advocated the need for the Federal Government to extend a hand of fellowship by entering into Public-Private Partnership (PPP) modality to construct and maintain the road serving as economic nerve center of the area of the South-South Region.

“This is the busiest road in this part of the region witnessing huge commercial activities. This is a federal road. Where the resources of Akwa Ibom Government could not afford the construction of the road, Federal Government has to do something urgently to aid us. The ecological funds are not coming”, Emmanuel stated.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Dr. Ekpa who said the ministry has embarked on speedy remedial work on the road hinted that the landslide was 25 metres from the median road surface.

The Chief Technical Officer, Federal Ministry of Works, Uyo, Mr. Christopher Ita said he has sent a proposal on the menace to Federal Ministry of Works, Abuja for immediate action.

Engr. Nkwa Henshaw, a civil engineer with Federal Emergency Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) lamented the threat posed by the menace, and noted that the agency has started to intervene on the road to curb the landslide.

The Senator representing Uyo Senatorial district, where the area belongs, Bassey Albert Akpan, promised to draw the attention of the National Assembly to the problem in order to find a lasting solution to it.

The governor was accompanied to the site by his deputy, the Secretary ti the State Government and other key government officials.



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