Buhari breaks ground for 260km Super Highway project, pledges speedy completion

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday launched the 260-kilometre Calabar-Kastina-Ala Super Highway road project at Obung, Cross River.
The President expressed the hope that the road would create a new vista of business opportunities for Cross River and the nation at large while launching the project.

Mr. Buhari commended Governor Ben Ayade for his vision and foresight in conceptualising the project.

“So, I must at this juncture commend the state governor, Sen. Ben Ayade and his team for their foresight in conceptualising this project.

“Given the multiplier effect these two laudable projects are expected to generate, in terms of aggregate spinoffs, I want to assure you of my determination and as well as the commitment of the Federal Government to ensuring that this road and indeed the seaport runs to a quick completion.

“Let me commend our young Governor, Professor Ben Ayade who globe-trotted to get these core foreign investors to invest in these huge projects.”

According to the president, the road which will link south-south and northern parts of the country, when completed, will also ensure a reduction in travel time and man-hour.

He said that the project was a significant milestone in the economic transformation agenda of the state.

Mr. Buhari, who was forced to abandon his official Chopper and embarked on road journey to the venue of the event due to heavy rain, pledged to be back in due course for the inauguration of the project.

“I feel the warmth of your embrace and the passion in your gaze.

“The future of Cross River State is certain.

“I am one with you on this. I promise to come back to commission (inaugurate) this road upon completion and that is very soon too.’’

In his remarks, Mr. Ayade said apart from the road project, the state would also be constructing a deep sea port in Bakassi.

According to him, the two projects will be executed through the Public-Private Partnership.

He said the idea behind the projects is rooted back to when the state lost its oil wells to Akwa Ibom upon the loss of Bakassi.

“The theological kinetics of this road started with the loss of our oil wells consequent upon the loss of Bakassi, therefore the state was reduced to wants in body and spirit.

“It became imperative that we reconstruct a new means of production; we need to open the horizon to get teeming young people employed.

It is against such background as I sought to leave this state it became very clear and evident that we must construct new means of production.

“Within the limit of our resources, the projects would have been impossible but because we know that you are the President of all, we know that once we dream, it is his duty to make the dream a reality that is why we dreamt that we need to construct a deep seaport.

“As soon as I sent a letter to you on the Bakassi seaport, it took less than one day in your office and it was minuted out.”

On the 260km super highway, Ayade stated that it would serve as an evacuation corridor from the seaport.

“It will have a track of 14metres and a key wall of 680 metres that will allow for vessels from outside and every other vessel to berth.

“It will, therefore, provide an evacuation corridor for vessels, material and equipment lying in Calabar uniformly, effortlessly to Northern Nigeria.”

According to the governor, the existing federal road will require up to five to six hours to get to Benue State from Calabar but with the construction of this super highway, only one hour, 30 minutes will be spent.

“What is special about this super highway? It is that we have internet connectivity all through the highway, a photographic solar system with a satellite antenna.

“Mr president, it is also going to be the first to have anti-sleep bumps on the highway.

“It is also going to be the first to have speed cameras. It is also going to be the first to have ambulatory services.

“Mr President, this road is a digital road, designed for the 21st century.’’

The governor expressed optimism that the road would be completed in the next four to five years.

“We envisioned that this road will be done in the next four to five years.

“We also have people who have collaborated and partnered with us.

“They include an Israeli-British firm, the broad spectrum that had provided 500million euros.

“We also have Heritage, Skye and Zenith banks.

“We know that with the support Mr. President has given to us, the project will be a reality.’’

(NAN)


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  • NoSpinEd

    Congratulations Mr. President and Governor. Do we also have a long term plan for relentless Super Highway road maintenance? That has always been the missing link in all of our multi-billion Naira capital projects. We build, celebrate the official opening and forget about managing the wear and tear of weather and usage.

  • up_PMB

    Less than 5 months in office this Ben is dreaming big and working big. This is the kind of leadership we need in this country. No excuses. I congratulate you prof Ben ayade. God will see you through.

  • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

    Did we not warn you about president bokohari? The certificateless and brainless boko Haram leader has now transcended from breaking peoples heads to breaking the grounds around roads! Is this not an attempt to make the road unstable so that he can maximize casualties to to road accidents in the areas?! What kind of evil will possess a man to start breaking the ground around roads? What did the road do to Buhari?
    may God save us o!

    • TC

      See this infant…. Lwkmd

      • eddy

        They have ran out of things to say!

    • Biodun Awe

      Why are you talking like this?i If you want to critisize do it resposibly and constructively please. As at now the only President Nigeria has is PMB and what he deserves from Nigerians is respect.

  • Isi Agwo

    A brain-dead Bokohari is enjoying the glowing limelight emitting from a thinking, 21st century leader, CRS Governor, Professor Ben Ayade.

    • eddy

      Yawnnn!!!!

    • PolyGon2013

      At least PMB is smart enough to support it.

  • share Idea

    I hope people will be kind with my comment below…

    This article is silent on the actual cost of the road construction. Secondly, no mention of how the state government intends to finance it considering the economic state of various states in Nigeria ( Cross Rivers was just bailed out by federal government). If Buhari is giving the new administration the credit of conceptualising the road, it means that the flag off is just a political show as no government in Nigeria could conclude appropriate planning of such a massive road construction in 5 months of the new administration. Nigeria we hail thee

    • Reymeline

      It is through Private Partner Initiative. Foreigner from European & Two banks with state government. It will be recovered through Toll Gate ticket. It is not only State Government to fund it

  • evidence

    Buhari should stop taking credit for others initiative and effort, this highway is PPP arrangement with the state govt.Buhari should instead initiate policies that would provide jobs,help small businesses and grow the middle class. What a shame of a clueless president.

    • PolyGon2013

      Government is continuous. Buhari is not taking any credit. He is continuing FG. And by the way, the project is a state initiative.

  • Bidemi Lukman

    Buhari, please, come to. Lagos and lauch construction of 4th mainland bridge and light rail project in some densely populated area of Lagos.

    OBJ and Obanikoro played politics with Lagosians life by depriving us 4th mainland bridge. Those of us using 3rd mainland bridge are dying gradually through heavy traffic. We pay tax but still go through extra stress to do the job on which we pay tax.

    PMB, am on my knees begging

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Thanks, Bruv.

      Great call, but Ambode also needs to step up to the plate like Mr. Ayade did.

      • Rambunctious Billionaire

        Fake 419 lawyer, shut up!!!

  • Oduduwa Republic

    THIS CROSS RIVER STATE PEOPLE ARE MUMU

    This is PDP project … conceived and start by President Goodluck Jonathan led PDP

    Recall that Buhari at great monumental cost cancelled the Lagos Metroline Project simply because it would give the South an edge over his Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani region …. Buhari has not changed and will never change …. he has already halted the construction of the Second Niger Bridge …… I bet … Buhari will do everything to frustrate the construction of this Super Highway except they transfer the construction to Daura, Katsina State

    Why then did they invite him …. don’t they know Buhari … a champion of ethno-religious bias?

    • 10101010101010

      This project will be allowed to go ahead because it provides material benefit to the north – cheaper imports, easy access to ports.

      Part of the problem with the north east is that it’s largely disconnected from the rest of the country, ports in particular – the hope is that greater connectivity will lead to greater economic opportunity.

      I haven’t heard anyone crediting Buhari with this project – most people know this is a state initiated project, this article says as much.

      My only criticism of this project is the lack of rail, which would entail Federal government involvement/direction. It’s a lot easier and quicker to transfer goods via rail than road.

      • PolyGon2013

        Correct. Sai to you for your explanation.

  • Ananas_Yolawa

    “I am one with you on this. I promise to come back to commission
    (inaugurate) this road upon completion and that is very soon too.”
    These means that Baba Buhari is going to run for 2nd term in office, since the governor said the project is going to take 4-5 years before completion.