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UNICEM Undertakes Palliative Measures On Federal Road in C’River

Posted: Oct 7, 2015 at 8:53 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)
BY: Nsa Gill              
The United Cement Company of Nigeria, a member of Larfage Holcem Group, on Wednesday October 7, carried out palliative measures to enable commuters gain access through an abandoned Calabar-Oban Federal road which leads to Cameroon  and many communities in Cross River State.
The Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs had three years ago awarded the contract for the extension of the road to a Chinese firm but the project was abandoned shortly after excavating an already existing single lane structure.
A taxi driver, who said he plies the road daily, Mr. Felix Essien, noted that motorists go through difficult experiences passing through the deplorable portion of the road estimated to be about four-kilometre stretch.
He lamented that the road was in good condition before the Chinese firm carried out excavation with the plan to expand it to four lanes.
Workers, market traders and other commuters were on Monday stranded at the Idundu end of the road in Akamkpa Local Government Area following collapsed portions that had formed deep gullies.
The cement company said the palliative, which has become a yearly matter since the Federal Government abandoned the project, was meant to enable road users get to their destination of businesses.
A journey from Calabar to Oban which should be about one hour now takes over three hours.
“I drive this road every day and it takes me about one hour to drive from Calabar to Oban before the Chinese firm came to excavate it but now I spend not less than three hours on the road. Besides, we are suffering as our vehicles go bad everyday because of the bad road”, another driver on the road said.
Adding, “We are appealing to the Federal Government to have a rethink about this road. We are suffering, yet we cannot stay away from the road because it is our only source of livelihood.  Some people spent days to get to their farm land through this road.”
Road Project Manager of UniCem, Mr. Mike Aibangbee, said the company intervened because it is about route used to access its Mfamosing plant.
Aibangbee also lamented that despite paying N12, 800 as road maintenance levy to the Cross River State Government for every loaded truck that passed through the Calabar-Ikang highway, the company also spent huge funds to maintain the road annually.
“Two days ago, our workers were stocked here; they could not access the Mfamosing plant. That is why we have had to intervene on this very bad portion of an abandoned FG project. This is not the only road we are intervening as the Calabar-Ikang road is also on our neck despite paying N12, 800 per truck to the state government as maintenance levy.
“It is a bad situation for us because we spend about N30m on carrying these palliatives every year. We are squeezing ourselves to do this. We would want to appeal to the state and federal governments to come to our rescue,” he said.

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