Bassey Inyang in Calabar
Blaming the federal government for allegedly frustrating its effort at commencing the construction of the proposed 260-kilometre super highway, the Cross River State government has dared the federal government, saying it will go ahead with the project, if by the middle of March the state fails to get the necessary approvals for the construction to commence.
According to the state government, the construction of the super highway, which is one of the two signature projects promised by Governor Ben Ayade, has suffered undue sabotage because of the uncooperative attitude of some federal government agencies, which are suspected to be conniving with perceived enemies of the state and detractors of the administration in the state to frustrate the road project.
The state government lamented that after addressing all the contentious issues concerning the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the project, the federal agencies have continued to raise fresh hurdles that have stalled the effective takeoff of the project.
Addressing journalists on the issue on Sunday, the state Commissioner for Information, Mrs. Rosemary Archibong, said: “Efforts have been put in place to ensure that these projects meet the approval of the federal government and all other international stakeholders, but somehow we have had these projects stalled over time for different reasons and the state government has not rested on its oars.”
More to come…