Peter Obi speaks on Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway 

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 presidential election, Mr. Peter Obi, has stated that the Lagos-Calabar Super highway project, even though beneficial, is not a national priority for now.

Obi, in his X-handle, while reacting to the trillions of Naira project awarded to Messers Chagoury Limited, insisted that the project “should be thoroughly reviewed”.

The Minister of Works, Engr. Dave Umahi, had classified the project as one of the most pressing national priority projects, justifying why the road/railway project which he claimed was 10 lanes all through was awarded and part-paid without due process.

Obi stated: “I have closely followed the comments and developments arising from the coastal (Lagos-Calabar) Super highway Project. 

“While I’m hesitant to engage in contentious debates about its benefits, which I acknowledge, and the pricing, which I have serious concerns about, and believe should be thoroughly reviewed, I am compelled to raise essential questions about the timing and prioritisation of such a monumental venture. 

“At the forefront of my concerns is the pressing issue of numerous uncompleted roads scattered across the country, many of which have become hazardous death traps and security risks. 

“It is disheartening to witness the plight of innocent Nigerians who traverse these dilapidated roads under perilous conditions, vulnerable to kidnappers and other dangers.

“Most of these roads, vital for economic growth, regional connectivity, and overall development, have been under construction for several years if not decades now and are unlikely to be completed any time soon due to poor and unplanned funding”.