The Senior Special Assistant to President Mohammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs and Economic Diversification, Senator Ita Enang has appealed to Nigerians particularly the people of Akwa Ibom and Cross River states to be hopeful notwithstanding that there was no budgetary allocation for the road this year.
He made this appeal while speaking with Journalists in Uyo over the weekend.
Enang lamented that he was the lone voice in the struggle for the actualization of the project, charging National Assembly members from Akwa Ibom and Cross River States in league with governors of the two states to join him in the noble course, not sit on the fence.
” Let all the Representatives from Akwa Ibom lift up their hands to high heavens and mention their roles and contributions on the floor of the National Assembly with regards to the Calabar – Itu road project.
” I am the only person from Akwa Ibom talking about the project while others don’t make any move to draw federal government attention to the plight of the people on that road.
” Even governor Udom Emmanuel has not done anything. Rather, politicians in the state are using that road to embarrass my person. It is only the governor of Cross River Prof. Ben Ayade that made some good moves.
” Even at that, I am not intimidated or discouraged. I would continue to push until federal government executes the project. I would do my best,” he said.
The presidential Aide explained that only N6b was provided in 2020 budget for the road, whereas the federal ministry of works awarded the contract at N50b resulting in its abandonment because of insufficient fund.
He said no budgetary provision was made in 2021 budget for Calabar-Itu road which is demoralizing for the people of the two states.
The SSA said, ” Last year only N6b was provided in the budget for that road but the money was returned as it was not enough to do anything whereas the Federal Ministry of Works awarded the contract at N50b. This year, there is no budgetary provision for the road. It is a hopeless situation. But I would not surrender.”