By Ike Uchechukwu
…we have uncountable completed projects …. Ayade’s CPS
Bishop of Calabar, Anglican Communion, Nneoyi Egbe, on Monday blasted Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade over abandoned projects scattered across the state.
The bishop stated this during a press conference to mark the second session of the 11th Synod of the Diocese of Calabar.
The clergyman noted that hope of the people was raised when the governor started these projects, especially the industrial projects, but that this hope have been dashed.
“Cross Riverians were hopeful for the long expected economic transformation of the State when the government started these projects. We have now noticed that the administration has hung our hearts up in expectation.”
He was afraid that while government is continuum, he was however not sure if the next administration will complete these projects. “This is because every set of leaders always focus on their own projects,” he emphasised.
Egbe who commended the State government over the improved security situation across the state, however appealed to the government to do something about road network in the State.
“Our road network in the State is far from what we hoped for, many of the rural and urban roads have broken down. This has contributed to the high cost of conveying farm produce from rural to urban centers. However, we wish to commend the government on the slight improvement in the security within the state over the last year but government should not to rest on its oars as it is not yet “uhuru,” he further stated.
Meanwhile, the Cross River State government has come clear to say that no project started by the current administration has been abandoned.
When contacted, Special Adviser on Media to the governor, Christian Ita said that while some of these projects have been completed, others have attained various stages of completion. He advised anybody who was in doubt to undertake a tour of these projects rather than draw conclusion from the “comfort of their homes.”
“The government has not ended, it still has 10 to 11 months to run and work has not stopped in any of the projects initiated by this administration. People should get their facts right, you can only arrive at this conclusion only if you visit any of the project and there is nothing happening there. In as much as we wouldn’t like to join issues, there are so many of the projects that have been completed like dual carriage road of 147 Km, Tinapa/ Odukpani dual carriage road into the metropolis, Calachika Pharmaceutical company , amongst others have been completed and are in use as we speak,” he emphasized.
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