Otu Laments Empty Treasury, Decayed Infrastructure Left by Ayade

Ankpo Edet, the Cross River State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, has lamented the level of decay met on the ground by the Bassey Otu-led administration in the State.

“The level of infrastructure decay we met on the ground was such that I was confused as a commissioner when I went round Calabar upon resumption.”

Speaking at a press briefing in Calabar on Wednesday as recorded by NAN, Mr Edet who said the ongoing Obudu airport project would be concluded by May said the present administration met an empty treasury but had been able to pursue urban renewal with the rehabilitation of many roads and infrastructure particularly in Calabar metropolis and environs.

“I am happy to announce that we have done a lot in rehabilitating most of these roads in spite of the Senator Bassey Out-led administration meeting empty treasury.

“Just like we had in Calabar Municipality and Calabar South, so were there several unmotorable roads in Cross River North and Cross River Central,” he said.

It said the Bassey Otu-led government will not abandon any of the road projects inherited from previous administrations as the government is a continuum.

“These projects are being carried out with taxpayers’ money and so, we will work on them and also not abandon any of those we are working on now.

“You will see the serious work on the parliamentary extension road. We are using this road to be our super highway since the one embarked upon by the immediate past administration didn’t see the light of the day,” he stated.

He, however, said local contractors mostly handled the road projects for economic purposes and revealed that the government adopted concrete pavement in road construction.

“We don’t like capital flight, and these local contractors are doing a tremendous job on these projects,” he said.

Recall that the immediate past governor Professor Ben Ayade had stated that he should be held responsible if his successor Senator Bassey Otu does not do well as Governor of Cross River State.

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