The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) will soon start emergency repairs on some of the failed portions of the Itu-Calabar Highway, the only road linking Cross River and Akwa Ibom states.
The NDDC acting managing director, Mrs Ibim Semenitari, who disclosed this while speaking to newsmen, yesterday stated that the NDDC state office in Calabar reported on the serious condition of the road and made a case for urgent action, noting that the poor condition of the road required intervention.
She said, “We got a detailed report from our office and several other requests from residents in Cross Rivers and AkwaIbom states, calling for urgent action. We are trying to get contractors working around here to help immediately.
“We want to engage contractors with financial capacity and equipment within the area to quickly move in to alleviate the problem. What is actually needed is a total reconstruction of the road.”
Semenitari said that the NDDC was set up to intervene in such situations, stating that the Commission would start the repairs after its engineers had fully assessed the situation to advise on how best to tackle the challenge.
Briefing the acting MD/CEO on the road, the NDDC Deputy Director Utility, Infrastructural development and Water Ways, Engr. Etim-EtimEyoette, said that in the last three months, the road had been cut at seven different locations.