First registered female Surveyor in Cross River State, Gertrude Njar, has disclosed that contrary to claims repeatedly made by the Cross River State government that the preliminary survey of the super highway to be constructed by the Ayade administration has been completed, “I can assure you that the preliminary survey has not been completed”.
Njar who is also the first female in the National Executive of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, early Saturday morning as guest on “The Public View”, a news and current affairs programme on local radio station, HIT 95.9 FM, further informed that, “I was the Chairman of the local chapter of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, when we were contacted by the Cross River State government to undertake preliminary survey of the super highway project. We got together as a group of qualified surveyors from the state and commenced work, even spending our Institution’s money on the project. See, we did not finish the work and we are still being owed money for work done”.
On the threat by government, conveyed through the Commissioner for Information, Rosemary Archibong, to go ahead with work on the project, whether the EIA is approved or not, hear Njar: “…if the commissioner was speaking as a professional in survey or road construction, I would have had a better reply to her threat. She is a politician, directed to say what she said, but government knows the right thing to do so that she can have no issues with the Environmental Impact Assessment, EIA, of the project … threats or no threats, for as long as she refuses to do the right thing, it will be difficult to execute this project. Of course you know that this programme is behind schedule”.
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