Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has said that the state was expecting over fifty expatriates to participate in the construction of the Bakassi deep seaport and the evacuation corridor.
The project, which is about 275 kilometres, stretches from Bakassi to Gakem of Bekwarra local government of northern Cross River.
The area, according to the Governor, will share a direct boundary with Benue State.
The Governor disclosed this while receiving the Commander of the 305 Special Mobility Group of the Nigerian Air Force, Wing Commander Hussein Idris, the state commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Commander Alero Usman and the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC in the state, Corps Commander Chidiebere Nkwonta in his office.
“Our wish is that you must find a way, in collaboration with the state government to maintain a regular over flight of these two specific projects,” Ayade said, adding that with over 50 expatriates expected, the commander should “find means to ensure that this your ATR 42 is based here in Calabar.”
Governor Ayade announced that the state will soon commence the total rehabilitation of roads across the state and charged the Federal Road Safety Corps to ensure that a near zero crash record was achieved between now and December 31.
“The crash statistics you have given if not suppressed looks very impressive. It is an indication that truly you have come with true change because we have begun to see that the statistics are going down,” he said.
He charged them to effectively discharge their duties to the country and state.
He thereafter, announced the provision of two utility vehicles to the NSCDC and the FRSC.
The Governor called on the Air Force to increase its aerial surveillance in the state, especially as the commencement of construction work on the signature projects of his administration commences.
Ayade continued: “I want to challenge you, I don’t want to lose any Cross Riverian or any road user for that matter. While you have made your request, I will grant them to the extent that my good conscience permits that I also set a new target for you.
“Between now and Christmas, I don’t want to have more than 2 crashes in Cross River State and no life lost. No shed of blood occasioned by the massive rush for Christmas as this will be a great value you will be bringing because for the first time, we are going to be having a Christmas where no family is in tears or sorrows.”