Cross River Daily can report that the “spaghetti” flyover alongside the 10.8km dual carriageway promised by the Cross River State governor, Sen. Ben Ayade would cost the state about N18 billion through direct labour.
Whereas, a vast portion of land has already been cleared and properties within the site area destroyed, though, without compensation at the moment, some Cross Riverians have registered doubt on the governor’s willingness to complete the project.
Even though when completed would arrest the tailback usually experienced at the Odukpani Junction axis, some motorists have said that they have no confidence in Ayade completing the work having seen the governor’s signature projects; the “super” highway and deep seaport fail upon birth.
“The governor promised us a super highway and deep seaport in 2015, but up until today, we cannot see any of those things in this state. To me, I think, this flyover is one of such projects that he will later abandon,” one of the motorists, John Etim told Cross River Daily.
“It will be a huge waste of our lean resources if the governor abandons this project like the others he has abandoned already,” another motorist, Ekpo Ekpo said.
However, Chief Liwhu Akeh who is the Chairman of Cross River State Infrastructure said work at the site had begun in earnest while disclosing that the state government had through direct labour reduced the cost of the construction of the flyover and 108km dual carriage road from an estimated N100bn to N18bn.