This Day (Lagos)

12 February 2013

Nigeria: FG Wants Nigeria-Cameroun Access Road Opened

The Federal Government has said that the multinational highway linking Cross River State to Cameroun would promote trade relations between the two countries.

Nigeria had completed the construction of 83 kilometres road project to the Camerounian border, which gulped N13 billion.

The Director of Highway Operations in the Federal Ministry of Works, Chukwunweike Uzor, while conducting the National Good Governance Tour team round the road at Ikom junction in Cross River State, said the access road would facilitate trade relations between the two countries.

He, however, caution road users on carrying goods higher than their vehicles capacity, saying that such practice has adverse effects on the road maintenance.

The road which was awarded in 2009 under the Multinational Highway and Transport Facilitation programme, was funded by the World Bank and African Development Bank (ADB).

Meanwhile, the Cross River State government has called for timely financial intervention of the Federal Government to complete the rural road projects in the state.

The Director of Rural Roads Agency in the state, Mr. Isaac Ishamale, disclosed this when the team inspected the Betukwel-Okorshie Road, one of the roads constructed by the agency.

He said that the state government had so far expended N25 billion on the construction of 700 kilometres of roads across all the local government areas by the Rural Development Agency.

He, however, called for the Federal Government's financial intervention due to what he described as the dwindling resources of the state government following the ceding of the controversial oil wells to Akwa-Ibom State.

He said of the 700 kilometres of roads, which constitute 33 rural road projects across the state, most of them had been completed with some nearing completion.

"Ironically while we were embarking on this project, we got involved in the matter of cost. We approached the consultants and we complained to them that we have lost oil wells and so we are constrained. They should do us a favour of trying to cut down on cost," he said.

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