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Cross River: Ayade left empty treasury, decayed infrastructure — Commissioner


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The Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure in Cross River State, Mr Ankpo Edet, has said despite dealing with decrepit infrastructure and an empty treasury, the current administration in the State has accomplished a lot in its pursuit of urban renewal.

The commissioner, who stated this during a press briefing in Calabar on Wednesday, said many road projects were underway around the state, notably in the Calabar metropolis and surrounding areas.

He stated that, in addition to road rehabilitation, some new ones had been built, and several additional hallmark road projects will shortly be designated for construction.

“The level of infrastructure decay we met on the ground was such that I was confused as a commissioner when I went round Calabar upon resumption.

“I am happy to announce that we have done a lot in rehabilitating most of these roads in spite of the Senator Bassey Out-led administration meeting empty treasury.

“Just like we had in Calabar Municipality and Calabar South, so were there several unmotorable roads in Cross River North and Cross River Central,” he said.

Speaking further, Mr Edet, however, said since the government was a continuum, the administration of governor Otu would not abandon any of the road projects inherited from previous administrations.

“These projects are being carried out with taxpayers’ money and so, we will work on them and also not abandon any of those we are working on now.

“You will see the serious work on the parliamentary extension road. We are using this road to be our super highway since the one embarked upon by the immediate past administration didn’t see the light of the day,” he stated.

The commissioner added that the government had adopted concrete pavement in state road construction.

He, however, said local contractors mostly handled the road projects for economic purposes.

“We don’t like capital flight, and these local contractors are doing a tremendous job on these projects,” he said.

The commissioner said the ongoing Obudu airport project would be concluded by May.



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