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In preparation for the rainy season, the Cross River State Governement has announced that it has rehabilitated 42 roads in the Calabar South area of the state with many more ongoing in other areas.
This was made known by Orok Duke, a former speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly when he took journalist on a tour of the roads.
Orok added that the success is made possible due to the return of peace in the area, as before now the insecurity scared away contractors and making the roads impassable during rainy season.
“The roads in Calabar-South are patched almost annually because of the many containers blocking the drainage so during the rainy season, water is spilled over to the road and held back by the depressed part of the road, causing routine damages.”
Orok added that “More so, Most roads in Calabar-South were, before now, graded C because of the low traffic at the time of its construction. So we had asphalt on laterite because the roads were initially graded as C, not A, but as people moved into these areas, the traffic increased, causing damages to the road.”
He emphasized that the situation was been taken note of and the rehabilitation of roads in Calabar South was done with grade A standard.
Orok praised members of the host communities for their cooperation and said they have owned the projects as theirs.