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Obong of Calabar, labour leaders laud FG for superhighway EIA approval


The Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, and labour leaders in Cross River have applauded the Federal Government (FG) and the Ministry of the Environment, for the approval of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the 275km superhighway.

Speaking in separate chats in Calabar, they also lauded the state governor, Prof Ben Ayade, for his commitment to the realization of the signature projects, despite the conspiracies to thwart the project.

Abasi Otu and the labour leaders said the project will tremendously boost the economy of the state when realised.

While supporting the vision behind the project, the Calabar monarch urged relevant stakeholders to support the initiative.

His words:"We should not use politics to draw ourselves backward, rather, we should be positive and hold on to this superhighway project as it will improve the economy and at the same time create a vista of opportunities for the state."

Continuing, Edidem Ekpo Okon intimated that "when we hear the word super in the highway, people will start asking where the money for such a gigantic project will come from, as if millions are kept somewhere. No! One needs to initiate the vision while others support the realization."

Similarly, the Chairman of the Cross River State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress in the state, Comrade John Ushie disclosed that "we as Labour support this project even before now, because roads are not meant for government and governor alone, but for all indigenes and non-indigenes who ply the road. We are in support and I think the governor should go ahead to make the project a reality while the citizenry support the efforts."

For Chairman, Trade Union Congress(TUC) in the state, Comrade Clarkson Otu, "we support the project and its importance to the economy of the state. If government has the political will and resources to embark on it, let it do it for the benefit of the users and to boost the economic fortune of the state."
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