Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has expressed satisfaction with the quality of work on the ongoing dualisation of the 147km Mfom-Yala-Bekwarra-Obudu Ranch road.
The project which is handled by Sydney Construction stretches across the five local government areas in the Northern Senatorial District of the state.
It is wholly being financed by the state government.
Ayade, who was in Yala local government area for the burial of the former minister of Information and later Environment, Hon. John Odey, used the opportunity to assess the progress of work on the road.
He said: “I am quite satisfied with the quality of work. The contractors, Sydney Group, are defying the rain to ensure that the job is done and I must commend them as they have shown capacity while demonstrating patience and understanding with the government.”
While expressing shock that the rains were still heavy in November, Ayade said that in three months’ time, the target would be reached as the contractors had continued to work despite the heavy rains that threaten the project aimed at ameliorating the suffering of the citizenry as well as other road users.
The governor enjoined the people of the Northern Senatorial District and the entire Cross Riverians to be patient, “for surely, the road will be done. There is no day you have driven through this road, during rain or no rain except for Christmas or national strike, that you will not see work going on here.”
The site manager of the construction group, Engr. Elias Kalouf, explained that “we have started laying stone base from the beginning of Ogoja and this is followed with priming. In Obudu, we have started asphalting from the Army checkpoint.”
On why they chose not to do the job from end to end, Kalouf clarified that “here in Ogoja, the area is down. If you keep the latrite inside the town, it will make the place dirty especially now that it is still raining.”