Ayade declares operation zero potholes within the state capital
By, Vitalis Ugoh, Calabar.
The Ministry of Works, Cross River has commenced the implementation of the directive of the state governor, Senator Ben Ayade that every road in Calabar should be made pothole free.
Ayade had given the ministry a 7-day ultimatum to fix all potholes identified in the 120 internal roads in Calabar metropolis to ensure free flow of traffic during the 2015 Calabar Festival celebrations that herald Carnival Calabar in December 28.
Speaking at Ikot Eyo Street in Calabar where the ministry had commenced rehabilitation work, Director of Civil Engineering Godwin Akeke, said the ministry was working round the clock to deliver on the mandate of ensuring that all potholes in the metropolis were fixed within seven days as directed by the governor.
He said “as we speak, we are fully mobilized to site, we are ready and all our contractors have subsequently been deployed to sites. As segmented for timely completion, we have put everything in place to ensure that we deliver and give our visitors and residents good roads for easy and pleasurable movement round the town.
“The governor has warned that he does not want to see any pothole in the entire metropolis and we will do our very best to put the roads in good shape before the celebrations. From here we are tackling the Carnival routes while work on other spots will be going on simultaneously.”
He sought the cooperation of all road users, particularly motorists, notifying that some of the roads will be blocked in the course of the exercise to effect some major repairs and regret any inconveniences that will cause them.
On the standard of work to be executed especially at spots that needed reconstruction, a Consultant to the Ministry, Mr. Ita Ikpeme, said the required standard practice will be adhered strictly, saying: “You should not expect anything less, because my work here is to ensure that the right materials are used at the right time at all location.”
Ikpeme disclosed that the maintenance work was not only for the carnival but that it is now a routine as directed by the governor.
He said that never again shall we have potholes on the streets of Calabar during the life of this administration.
Some of the residents at Ikot Eyo, Parliamentary Village, praised Governor Ayade for his timely intervention to save the street dwellers of the ordeal of long delays on the road.