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Gov Otu commissions 20km new evacuation road

…commends Lafarge for investing in Cross River

Cross River Governor, Prince Bassey Otu, Thursday, commissioned the 20-kilometre new evacuation road, constructed by cement manufacturing giant, Lafarge Africa PLC.

The road which construction started in 2010, spans from Mfamosing, extending through Abiati, Etamkpini and terminating at Odukpani junction.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Otu, assured that road users including customers and truck drivers would be safe while plying the road.

“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.

“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,” the governor assured.

Gov Otu commissions 20km new evacuation road
Governor Otu making a remark after unveiling the plaque to mark the official commissioning of the Lafarge Evacuation Road to the admiration of officials, guests and residents

Otu who commended Lafarge for taking trucks and traffic out of the town in view of associated road crashes, urged other Corporate bodies to emulate the cement company.

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“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 to take things out of the state. I commend you and wish that other Corporate bodies would emulate Lafarge,” the governor concluded.

The Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge, Alade Akinyemi, traced the history of the new evacuation road to 2010 when it started, remarking that it later faced suspension due to critical inadequacies in geotechnical studies and design.

According to him, the road so commissioned would improve safety, enhance productivity and drive economic growth.

Community leaders and traditional Chiefs represented by the paramount ruler of the Odukpani local government area His Royal Highness Etinyin Otu Asuquo Otu Mesembe VI thanked both the government and the company for the economic implications of the road to the people and the adjoining communities.

Kingsley Agim
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