By Bassey Inyang
The Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, has disclosed that the federal government has temporarily stopped the construction of the proposed 260 kilometres super highway pending the conclusion of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) on the project.
The proposed road, on completion, would serve as evacuation route for cargo from the proposed Bakassi Deep Sea Port in the southern part of the state to the northern part of the country through Gakim in the northern part of the state.
A press release from the office of the chief Press secretary to the governor, Mr. Christian Ita, made available to THISDAY on Monday night quoted Ayade as making the disclosure when he played host to the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita when the latter paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
“President Mohammadu Buhari deserves the commendation of every Cross Riverian as one of the simplest and truest Nigerian president who loves this country and committed to the wellbeing and oneness of Nigeria.
“This is a president who appointed three prominent Cross Riverians, including the Chief of Naval Staff, Minister of Niger Delta and the Head of Service of the Federation from a state like Cross River which did not vote for him.
He is one of the finest leaders of the world who means well for his people. Again, Cross River State was also the very first state to be visited by President Buhari and made a firm commitment to return to commission the superhighway and the deep seaport.
“For us to honour the words of Mr. President that he will come back to commission the projects, all the bottlenecks militating against the project must be removed.”
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