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Cross River spends N24bn on federal roads

29 May 2013, 08:47

Calabar - The Cross River Government spent more than N24 billion on the rehabilitation of federal roads in the state during the past year.

The State's Commissioner for Works, Legor Idagbo, made the disclosure in Calabar.

Idagbo said the state was still waiting for a refund of the money from the federal ministry of works.

“The Federal Government recently confirmed that it owes Cross River State N13 billion, yet up till now nothing has been given to us,'' he said.

According to him, the failure of the government to refund the money is not going to deter the state from repairing federal roads.

The Commissioner appealed to the Federal Government to reimburse the money to encourage the State to do more.

"Everybody knows that we are having financial challenges, so we are appealing to the Federal Government to help us.

"We are also appealing to the Government to expedite action on rehabilitation and reconstruction of the federal roads.''

Idagbo named some of the roads that were rehabilitated by the State Government as Calabar-Itu, Ugep-Obubra and Ikom-Ogoja roads.

He said the State Government had also spent N469.4 million on the control of erosion at B-Bobsco.

According to him, the World Bank is interested in the funding of three erosion sites in parts of Calabar.

The Commissioner said that the state alone could not fund the erosion control project because of its current financial status.

"So, we are appealing to the World Bank to please come and support us."



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