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Road Projects:FG to adopt emergency intervention.

Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of
Power, Works and Housing on Thursday said emergency intervention would
be adopted on Calabar-Ogoja-Ikom road project to ease the suffering of
commuters in the area.
Fashola who stated this in Calabar
during an inspection tour of the project said the intervention would be
to cover the potholes and work on the failed sections of the road.
He said the idea was to reduce the challenges faced by motorist during rainy seasons.
The minister, therefore, ordered the
Federal Controller of Works in state, the contractors and the state
commissioner of works to put up a recommendation to achieve the process.
“I am happy that I came here working with the honorable commissioner, the contractors and our controller.
“We have resolved to put what at best
one can call pain management solution in place to ease the trauma of the
rainy season in the failed sessions of the road.
“It will be a little more expensive
because ultimately when we start expanding the whole road, we will have
to do the same thing again.
“But again, the cost against the pain
would have a beneficial analysis to the people at the end of the day and
will help the state to pursue its developmental aspirations,” he said.
Fashola said the greatest challenge facing the nation’s power sector was the sabotage of power assets.
According to him, people who want power
cannot be sabotaging gas pipelines and depriving the nation of the fuel
that is required to produce the power.
The minister called on aggrieved Nigerians to understand that damaging the power assets was not the best way to express anger.
In his remark, Mr. Dane Asu, the Cross
River Commissioner for Works commended the minister for embarking on
inspection tour of the federal government road projects in the state.
He said the problem of roads in the state was not peculiar than what was obtainable in the South-South.
 “Our top soil do not give credence to
the performance of road and the problem is compounded with the
increasing heavy trucks plying the road,” he said.
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