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Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by OrientDailyNews: 1:19pm On Nov 14
By Joseph Kingston, Calabar

Despite last year’s intervention by the Cross River State government on the Calabar-Akpabuyo- Ikang road which links Nigeria with Cameroon, commuters have continued to experience nightmare on the Atimbo axis of the road.

Recall that the entire stretch of the road, said to be the federal government road, had caused many auto crashes with many deaths recorded before the Cross River State government hurriedly intervened.

But a particular spot close to the Navy barracks at Atimbo, nick-named ‘Atimbo deep seaport’ has defied solution as it continues to expand wide and deep, creating gullies on either side.

Many commuters, who spoke to our reporter, expressed disappointment that both the state and federal governments would allow such an important road to remain a challenge despite huge amount paid as toll by the cement manufacturer, Lafarge, who uses the road to evacuate their cement product.

Our reporter observed that passengers, except drivers, would have to disembark from every vehicle, walk through a muddy busy path across the bad spot to the other end of the road before the now empty vehicles they boarded would pick them to their destination, that is, after painstakingly navigating the collapsed spot.

Despite the pains commuters are passing through navigating the spot, men of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), the Police, Vehicle Inspection Officers, VIOs amongst others, were seen lined up to collect what a commuter said was a ‘toll gate fee for making use of the Atimbo deep seaport.’ This, they say, was constituting another nuisance.

A commuter, who lamented the pains he goes through on the road, said “we suffer here at this bad spot to pass. When you cross over, you witness assorted types of road blocks. The experience is very painful. I use this road at least three times a day, and then FRSC, Police (even with DPO), VIO are waiting 200 metres apart to collect toll from cars with all types of silly reasons. It is pathetic.”

Also speaking, a truck driver, who gave his name as Audu told this writer: “every truck that leaves Lafarge pays N12, 800 to the state government. We are talking about a minimum of 200 trucks per day which adds up to a lot of money and if your state government cannot fix this road with the little contribution we are making then this unfortunate situation will continue to rub off on all of us.”

However, the state government has promised to handle the situation as soon as practicable. Mr. Christian Ita, the chief press secretary to Governor Ben Ayade, said incessant rainfalls in Calabar this year was contributing to the ugly situation.

“If you look around, you will see that government has begun the rehabilitation of roads in the state and even though the Atimbo road is a federal road, the state government, which fixed it last year, will still fix it again this year. It is so unfortunate that the rains this year have been something else, but government will respond please,” he said.

Ita explained that the levy paid by Lafarge was not used for the maintenance of the bad Atimbo road alone but other roads as well, including the Goodluck Jonathan bye-pass which the trucks also use.

He assured that before the end of the year, the nightmare spot would be a thing of the past.


Lalasticlala Seun

http://orientdailynews.com.ng/cityscope/agony-disquiet-calabar-bakassi-road/

Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by Keneking: 2:36pm On Nov 14
Buhari ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh shocked shocked shocked shocked

APC has failed oh..cant maintain, cant repair, cant replace embarassed embarassed

See MTN, Econet, Airtel and Glo fibre optics surviving the collapse

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Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by mayoor15(m): 2:36pm On Nov 14
Who will repair it now?
When will Nigeria get it right?
When will we start fixing roads that can last for decades ?

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Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by Sirpaul(m): 2:36pm On Nov 14
wow!...... The End..
Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by Chevalier(m): 2:36pm On Nov 14
Jeeeeeeeesssssssssuuuuuuuuuusssssssss!!!

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Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by eminikansoso(m): 2:36pm On Nov 14
The government is one chance and the citizens don't know their power.
Parliament is supreme but sovereignty belong the peoples

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Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by Drniyi4u(m): 2:37pm On Nov 14
Elections go soon come, dem go use am do campaign. Just as usual!

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Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by victorazyvictor(m): 2:37pm On Nov 14
Disunity and disintegration everywhere, even between the gods. Everywhere is road and bridge collapse. Buhari why this hate?

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Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by modelmike7(m): 2:37pm On Nov 14
Again? Na wa o

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Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by bolt000(m): 2:37pm On Nov 14
Interesting

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Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by Ajebaba(m): 2:37pm On Nov 14
Dividend of a failed nation

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Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by Whoeppme(m): 2:38pm On Nov 14
How do u turn rivers to be road .......I see it collapsing again and again...cos the water will always try to create a path for itself. Simple law of nature.....Water must follow its path

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Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by obajoey(m): 2:38pm On Nov 14
see the thickness of the road. house built on sand, wetin go happen to am
Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by asawanathegreat(m): 2:39pm On Nov 14
Governor Ben Ayade why?

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Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by simpleseyi: 2:41pm On Nov 14
Keneking:
Buhari ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh shocked shocked shocked shocked

APC has failed oh..cant maintain, cant repair, cant replace embarassed embarassed

See MTN, Econet, Airtel and Glo fibre optics surviving the collapse

Someone help the guy before he slumps and die of hypertension on Buhari matter.

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Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by coalcoal1(m): 2:42pm On Nov 14
ok
Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by Lexusgs430: 2:42pm On Nov 14
Patch Patch repair cannot fight nature........ A brand new approach is required .............
Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by delugajackson(m): 2:42pm On Nov 14
That is not a road na, that is a death trap.
Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by princetom1(m): 2:44pm On Nov 14
Very poor job done there
Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by Kingx4sure: 2:47pm On Nov 14
When will Nigerian government start placing value on people's lives? No standard road, no constant power supply, health sector and many other projects left on the government care are far below standard.

Is Nigeria a country or a gathering of people from different tribes and ethnicities?

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Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by Imarnuel04(m): 2:48pm On Nov 14
"Nigeria will get better"
Was it good in the first place? grin grin
Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by ehissi(m): 2:50pm On Nov 14
Hmmmmmmmm..............

Where is Honourable Babatunde Raji Fashola when you need him?

Are Nigerians surprised?

**SingingItLike** Its a normal Raji something! Its a normal Raji something!! Its a normal Raji something.........

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Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by evanso6226: 2:56pm On Nov 14
Too bad .....

See the video of the road here


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MrH7uF7NmU
Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by Mexzy4sho(m): 2:58pm On Nov 14
Politheifcians will leave it till 2019 and then use it for campaigning so no need to blame Buhari for this one. Just wait till election period.

Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by Danny287(m): 2:58pm On Nov 14
That road is a death trap to those who know the place. I just hope the act fast.

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Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by thundafire: 2:58pm On Nov 14
GEJ bypass road is a useless 1 built by Imoke company dat not upto a year it started having swollen3 belly all around give roads 2 good construction company is an issue and Ayade a short scammed dat is out rightly confused

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Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by kabakaauu: 2:59pm On Nov 14
evanso6226:
Too bad .....
See the video of the road here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MrH7uF7NmU
chai
Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by romoruyi(m): 3:17pm On Nov 14
....aiit
Re: Agony, Disquiet As Calabar-bakassi Road Collapses Again by Heffalump(m): 4:21pm On Nov 14
Just put a culvert there, that's all.

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