Cal/Ikom Highway Worsens, FG’s Response Slow can reveal that several portions of the Calabar/Ikom highway may move from being bad to being impassable as the rains intensify. Worst hit are sections one, two and three of the road which were recently classified as “heavily distressed sections” by Bashir Yuguda, Nigeria’s Minister of Works.
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Section one, the Calabar-Ugep stretch of the highway, though managable is swiftly approaching the terrible state of the Ugep-Ikom stretch, refered to as Section two. Specifically, the potholes infront of the Juniorate at Iwuru, Biase LGA and the other bad portion at Uyanga, Akamkpa LGA have become death traps for commuters, the same way the bad portions on the Obubra stretch of the road are a commuter’s nightmare.

One commuter told that,”this road is the one they approve money for every year but don’t do the job”, a direct reference to the several pronouncements by the federal government on the award of contract(s) for the rehabilitation of the highway, the latest being last month’s announcement by the federal government that N2.9 billion has been approved and added to the initial contract sum of N4.7 billion.

Another commuter was more direct in saying that “maybe government too needs to award this job to an established construction company like Julius Berger, instead of to companies that exist only in suitcases”. In the latest instance, Piccolo Brunelli was awarded the job ahead of Julius Berger and several others and like
one commuter said, “we hope this ones can work”.

Until work commences on the road, the nightmare may just continue.

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