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In Cross River Govt begins rehabilitation of 120 internal roads in Calabar

Ayade gave the ministry a seven-day ultimatum to fix all potholes identified in the 120 internal roads in Calabar metropolis.

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The Cross River State Ministry of Works on Friday began to fix potholes on 120 internal roads in the Calabar Metropolis following a directive by Gov. Ben Ayade.

Ayade gave the ministry a seven-day ultimatum to fix all potholes identified in the 120 internal roads in Calabar metropolis.

He said that the measure would ensure free flow of traffic during the 2015 Calabar Festival and Carnival.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that rehabilitation work was flagged off at Ikot Eyo Street in Calabar.

In his remarks, the State Director of Civil Engineering, Mr Godwin Akeke, said the ministry would deliver on the governor’s mandate of ensuring that all potholes in the metropolis were fixed.

"As we speak, we are fully mobilised 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,’’ Akeke said.

He sought the cooperation of all road users, particularly motorists since some of the roads would be blocked in the course of the exercise.

A Consultant to the Ministry, Mr Ita Ikpeme, said the standard practice would be followed during the exercise.

"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 locations.

Ikpeme said that the maintenance work was not only for the Carnival, but would now be routine.

He said Ayade had directed that never again should there be potholes on the streets of Calabar during the life of this administration.

Some of the residents at Ikot Eyo and Parliamentary Village praised Ayade for his timely intervention on the affected roads.

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