Cross River super highway bogged down by politics


From JUDEX OKORO, Calabar

For over decades now, Cross  River State  has  been  noted  for its landmark achievements   in the areas  of  tourism, agriculture  and  rural  development. And it was  in  the light of this  that  Governor Ben  Ayade, at  his  inauguration  on  May 29, 2016, promised  to execute three signature projects. These are  the 260-kilometre Super Highway, Bakssi  Deep Sea  Port and  Garment Factory.

He  said the Super Highway  was   designed  to   start  from a proposed deep  sea  port  at  Esighi  in Bakassi  Local  Government,    through  the Cross  River National  Park  and  up  to Katsina Ala in  Benue State. Experts estimated  the  project  to cost    N700 billion or about $3.5 billion.

Six months  into Ayade’s administration, President Muhammadu Buhari,  on October 20, 2015, performed the  ground-breaking ceremony of the project at Akamkpa,  based on interim Environmental Impact…

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