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Newer Calabar: Governor Ben Ayade Rehabilitates 42 Dilapidated Roads In Calabar-South (Photos)

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Newer Calabar! Governor Ben Ayade Rehabilitates 42 Dilapidated Roads In Calabar-South

Ben Ayade, the Governor of Cross River State, has completed road reconstruction at strategic parts on over 42 roads in the state.

The state government’s road repair intervention is in line with His Excellency, Senator Ben Ayade’s administration’s vision of ensuring free vehicular movement across the state by removing roadblocks such as potholes and other gridlock elements.

Orok Duke told reporters in Calabar, the state capital, that “in line with the state government directives of His Excellency Senator Ben Ayade declaring “Zero Tolerance on Potholes” within the metropolis, rehabilitation road works have been carried out at strategic parts on 42 roads in the Calabar-South Local Government Area.”


His words: “We have so many containers around African Club blocking the drainage, so during the rainy season, water will split on to the road and somehow, held back by the depressed part of the road. So every year they come and look at the resultant effect without checking the causes.

“I had to escort the contractors to the site and the community people were so happy. So far so good, yesterday we completed Marina road.
“So far, we have not had any altercation with the community, they are so excited. But we are particular about those parts that there keep up repeating.
For example, the are areas that Zenith has patched for six years in a roll like that without anybody bothering what could have been the cause.

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“The roads in Calabar-South are patched almost annually because of the many containers blocking the drainage, so water spills over to the road and is kept back by the depressed portion of the road during the rainy season, causing routine damages,” Duke said.

“More importantly, most roads in Calabar-South were previously rated C due to low traffic at the time of their construction.”

“We had asphalt on laterite because the roads were originally rated C, not A, but when people migrated into these areas, traffic increased, causing road damage.” Orok Duke made a statement.

He stressed that the condition had been noted, and that road reconstruction in Calabar South had been completed to a grade A level.

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In response to the challenges confronting the area, Orok Duke reported that roads in Calabar-south had previously been left unrepaired due to a lack of a secure working atmosphere for contractors. Contractors were occasionally abducted or had their machinery stolen, but now that he was on the field, he was able to ensure the safety of both the staff and the equipment.

He expressed gratitude to the residents for their cooperation.
“They were very enthusiastic and friendly. Any of them contributed to the filling of the roads.”

He said that some community members believe the reoccurring road collapse in some parts of Calabar-South is caused by “mammy water,” when it is actually caused by human activities.

“Drains in Howell, for example, haven’t been desilted in over a decade, so there’s been a lot of debris, enough to fill over six tippers.”

Pouring waste into gutters, washing cars, and burning car tyres on tarred roads are all examples of activities that cause road harm, according to him. Those who engage in these practices, he said, will be warned, and if they persist, they will be apprehended.

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He recognized that more roads need attention, but emphasized that road repair and maintenance is a continuous schedule with a strategy of action for various areas and road sections throughout the state. ‘We are not there yet, but under the leadership of His Excellency, Governor Ben Ayade, we will accomplish more.’

Some of the major strategic roads that have been rehabilitated include: Egerton, Ekeng Ita, Eyo Edem
Marina, Edibe Edibe, Edgerley, Chalma, Mbukpa, Ambo by Ibesikpo, Adak Uko by Mbukpa, Afokang, Howell, White House, Goldie, Bassey Duke, Victor Akan, Mayne, Avenue, Atamunu, Yellow Duke, New Airport, Palm street, Fosbery/Nelson Mandela, Inyang, Ekpo Abasi by Musaha, Hewett, Calabar road, Jebs, Essien street, Webber, Enobong Avenue

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