by Johnbosco Agbakwuru
Calabar — The Cross River State Government has awarded a contract worth N3.7 billion for the construction of a 6km dual carriage way from the Federal Government Girls College to link Ndidem Iso Usang extension along MCC Road in Calabar.
The by-pass, expected to be completed within 24 months will help decongest Calabar metropolis and develop new areas for the expansion of the city to tackle acute accommodation problem faced by residents.
The state Commissioner for Works, Mr. Venatius Ikem, who disclosed this to newsmen at the end of the weekly State Executive Council meeting, explained that the bypass for which preliminary work has commenced, will stretch from the Federal Government Girls College end of the Margret Ekpo International airport, through a swampy area of MCC road.
According to Ikem, the bypass will be of a tremendous benefit to the people not only in combating traffic congestion but also open up the virgin forest where new layouts will be opened.
He said that a new Calabar Master Plan with an industrial park will be inculcated into it for development and that it will encourage entrepreneurship.
The Commissioner explained that though the by-pass is envisaged to create access as well as reduce pressure, it will not interfere with the on-going expansion of the Airport as there is a substantial expanse of land between the duo while those within the catchment area are seen as stakeholders in the project.