The President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, has said the President Bola Tinubu-led federal government is poised to make commuters’ nightmarish experiences on the collapsed Calabar-Itu highway a thing of the past.
Sen Akpabio, who gave the assurance in Calabar during the thanksgiving service of Senator Asuquo Ekpenyong of Cross River South, said the President had already shown his commitment through the priority given to road infrastructure in Cross River and Akwa Ibom states in the 2024 budget.
According to him, the dilapidated condition of the Calabar-Itu federal highway was seeking to divide the people of the two states, adding that “the President is aware of this predicament and will do everything possible to address it.
“Cross River and Akwa Ibom States are one but what is threatening to divide us is Calabar/Itu road but we shall work together to fix it. I suggest that the entire APC Chairmen and leaders in South South should lead a delegation to Mr President and complain on this menace that seeks to divide us.”
In his remarks, Gov Bassey Otu said his government was poised to reinvent Cross River, building on the foundation already laid by the past administrations of former governors Donald Duke, Liyel Imoke and Ben Ayade.
“I want to give you the assurance that we are moving to the next level. Our future is bright for what God cannot do does not exist,” he stated.
Also speaking, Senator Ekpenyong, who used the thanksgiving service to dedicate his third child, Abasi-Anam Ekpenyong, said the thanksgiving was to acknowledge every of God’s blessings in his life, adding that at 37, he has become the youngest Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.