By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
Calabar— The Cross River State Government has spent about N393 million on the maintenance of roads across the Southern Senatorial district of the state.
Director General, Cross River State Road Maintenance Agency, Mr Tom Agi, who disclosed this to newsmen, yesterday, said the money was spent between January and July and that the agency had procured equipment to enhance effective and efficient service delivery.
Agi said the agency was living up to its responsibility despite limited resources.
He said: “The agency was able to fill potholes in the state capital by patching them as soon as they were noticed. Drains have also been reconstructed and gutters cleared. These have greatly eased the incessant flooding in some areas of the metropolis.”
On the failed Ugep/Ogoja federal road, he said that the state government had started the rehabilitation of the bad portions, while efforts had been intensified to fix the Ikom/ Obudu Road, which was also in bad state.
In an effort to sustain the ongoing maintenance of urban roads, he said that the agency was contemplating a legislation to be forwarded to the state House of Assembly, to empower it to collect toll from motorists plying state roads to enable it raise enough funds for the maintenance of same roads.