Commissioner says the FG owes the state billions of naira so far spent on the roads

The Cross River State Commissioner for Works, Legor Idagbo, on Monday, accused the Federal Government of neglecting the roads leading to Calabar and other major towns in the state.

The commissioner, who made the statement after inspecting the roads, revealed that the state had been calling on the FG over the deplorable condition of the Calabar/Itu/Ikot Ekpene and Calabar/Ogoja roads since last year, but no positive response had been given.

He said the 40-year-old roads roads had become death traps for some time now, describing them as a commuter’s nightmare.

He said the state government had, in the last seven years, spent N13bn rehabilitating federal roads.

?These are not the only federal roads that are having problems, the road from Calabar to Ikom has the same problem, there are so many old culverts on those roads and the materials that were used for these culverts are failing, the culverts are beginning to collapse,? he said.

?We have done so many interventions on the federal roads; Cross River State Government has spent close to N13bn intervening on federal roads, and as I speak to you today not even N1.00 has been given back to us.

?Some three months ago, the Federal Government sent their team and they came up with a figure of about N3bn that was supposed to be due to Cross River State. That figure was grossly inadequate but we said okay give us that one. Until today, one naira has not been given to us.?

The commissioner called on the FG to live up to its obligation and do something about the roads, or in the alternative refund to the state the money so far spent in order to carry out repairs on other bad portions of the road.

Edem Ekong, the Special Adviser to Governor Liyel Imoke on Public Transportation said, ?On Friday they were carrying people?s coffins on their shoulders, there were corpses that were stranded on the road. Eventually, they had to remove the coffins. some of them carried the coffins by hands and crossed because the roads had collapsed.?

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