Umahi restates FG’s commitment to N15trn Lagos-Calabar coastal highway 

The Minister of Works, Engr. David Umahi, has restated the federal government’s commitment to the realisation of the Lagos-Calabar coastal road, which is valued at N15 trillion.

Umahi, who spoke in Calabar during a stakeholders’ meeting on the proposed alignment for Section 3A- 38km  of the coastal road, said the construction of Cross River section of the project, would kick off in August, 2024.

The minister disclosed that arrangements had already been concluded for the  construction to kick-start on the two sections of the road in Cross River state with one section  in Akwa Ibom state simultaneously.

“The Federal Government is committed to these projects and is bent on making it see the light of day. After this stakeholders’ engagement, we’ll get the design and start the procurement.

“We are very sure that in the month of August, construction will start in this state. I will not allow construction to start only from Akwa Ibom, but ensure that construction starts in three sections, two in Cross River and one in Akwa Ibom.

“The projects are going to have a rail track, we started with the tracks in the the middle in section two but we have redesigned it to have the tracks by the sides,” he stated, and canvassed for stakeholders’ support.

Also speaking, Cross River state governor, Senator Bassey Otu, who was represented by the deputy governor,  Rt Hon Peter Odey, assured the minister of maximum cooperation to ensure a hitch-free execution of the project.

In his remarks, Surveyor General of the state, Patrick Bassey, called for more sensitization to ensure that no certificate of occupancy is issued to anyone who may intend to build on the route of the said road project.