GOV OTU COMMISSIONS 20KM EVACUATION ROAD CONSTRUCTED BY LAFARGE AFRICA PLC.

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By Amawu, Cletus Albert.

Cross River State Governor, Senator Prince Bassey Otu, Thursday, commissioned a 20-kilometre road, newly constructed by Lafarge Africa PLC.

 

The Cement Manufacturing Company started the road construction in 2010, as an evacuation corridor that spans from Mfamosing, it’s operational base through Abiati, Etamkpini and terminate at Odukpani junction by the Ayade’s Flyover.

 

 

During the commissioning, Otu commended Lafarge for investing in the State and especially in the area of corporate social responsibility and that the just commissioned 20-kilometre evacuation road will reduce traffic from the town as other road users outside Lafarge trucks are in for a jolly ride, even though development comes with it attendant implications.

 

He said, “Development comes with implications. When you have a road, the good people will use it and the bad people will also try to use it.”

 

But he assured that security presence will be deploy to for stall any breach.

 

“I want to give you every assurance that the security agencies we have here are up and doing, I am not sure you will have issues on this road, particularly now that the security of the area has been highlighted.

 

“I will give everybody assurance both the customers and the trucks that would ply the road that everybody would be safe.

 

“For Cross River government, I want to give you every assurance that we will continue to give you the enablement, strength, proper and enabling environment for you to expand and succeed.”

 

 

Governor Otu used the occasion to call on other Corporate organizations to emulate Lafarge gesture to complement government’s infrastructural development to help society at large.

 

“It would have been difficult to have about 200 trucks passing through the town, driving out, amid stress and accident.

 

“What you have done has taken this whole traffic completely out of town and straight to the road where they are actually looking for as to take things out of the state. I commend you and wish that other Corporate bodies would emulate Lafarge,” he concluded.

 

 

Speaking earlier, the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (GMD/CEO) of Lafarge, Alade Akinyemi, informed the Governor that the project was started in 2010, and but not for the challenges associated with geotechnical studies and design, the Road will have been completed in record time.

 

He said, “the road will improve safety, drive economic growth, enhance productivity due reduction of man hour as a result of no traffic and congestion.”

 

 

The commissioning was witnessed by state functionaries, Company top Executives, the Paramount Ruler of Odukpani Local Government Area, HRH Etinyin Otu Asuquo Messmbe VI who thanked both the Government and Lafarge for the choice of the project as this will enhance economic activities and development along this corridor and adjoining communities.

Amawu Cletus Albert Amawu

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