Buhari pledges sup­port for C/River on su­per­high­way

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Eyo Charles, Cal­abar

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari has pledged the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s sup­port to the Cross River State gov­ern­ment to­wards com­ple­tion of the 260 kilo­me­tre su­per­high­way whose ground break­ing cer­e­mony he per­formed yes­ter­day.

The pres­i­dent spoke in Obung vil­lage in Akamkpa LGA of Cross River State at the cer­e­mony for the project meant to be an evac­u­a­tion cor­ri­dor for the pro­posed deep sea­port in Bakassi.

He com­mended Gover­nor Ben Ayade’s ini­tia­tive, say­ing it would not only open up the state’s hin­ter­land but also boost na­tional econ­omy.

He said the fed­eral gov­ern­ment re­gards the project as a mile­stone, es­pe­cially be­ing the first to be em­barked upon un­der his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“The fed­eral gov­ern­ment com­mends Gover­nor Ben Ayade’s fore­sight and ini­tia­tive. We see this sin­gu­lar project as one that will open up the hin­ter­land of the state and boost na­tional econ­omy. The fed­eral gov­ern­ment will there­fore give com­men­su­rate sup­port to the state for swift com­ple­tion of the su­per­high­way project. We re­gard it as a mile­stone un­der my pres­i­dency.

“We will en­cour­age in­vestors to also give sup­port to­wards the project, as I prom­ise to come back to com­mis­sion it soon”, he said.

Ear­lier, Gover­nor Ayade had com­mended the pres­i­dent for be­ing a pres­i­dent for all with­out mind­ing po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tions, say­ing he was truly not for any­one but for all.

Ap­pre­ci­at­ing the pres­i­dent’s swift and kind con­sent and sup­port for the project, Ayade said the state would con­tinue to cel­e­brate him for his in­tegrity and states­man­ship.

He said the road which would stretch from Cal­abar to the Benue State bound­ary, would be con­structed un­der pri­vate sec­tor part­ner­ship. He said so far, an Is­raeli firm had in­vested 500 mil­lion in it while other core in­vestors have come up with their own out­lay of financial in­volve­ment.

Gov­er­nors Udom Em­manuel and Rochas Oko­roacha of Akwa Ibom and Imo States re­spec­tively, the Obong of Cal­abar Edi­dem Ekpo Abasi Okon, other se­nior tra­di­tional rulers, former gov­er­nors of the state-Don­ald Duke and Liyel Imoke as well as other na­tional and state po­lit­i­cal lead­ers graced the ground­break­ing cer­e­mony.

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