The Management of Calabar Port has called on the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to expand the Ikom bridge on the Calabar-Ikom-Ogoja road in Cross River. The Port Manager, Mrs Olufunmilayo Olotu, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar on Sunday.
Olotu said that the narrow bridge on the road, which was built during the First Republic, had become obsolete and obstructs the movement of articulated vehicles on it. “We have been informed that most heavy-duty trucks loaded with containers find it difficult to pass through the bridge. It is very narrow and sometimes when two trucks coming from the opposite direction get to the bridge, one has to wait for the other to cross and has become so risky for such vehicles to cross the bridge because the containers they carry could fall off in the process.
“As we work towards making the Calabar Port more functional, we expect that all the challenges being faced by investors should be addressed and one of them is the bridge. “So we appeal to the relevant authorities to expand the bridge and also remove the overhead,” she said.
Olotu said the bridge is strategic to investments in the state because it is the only link between Cross River and the North East as well as some parts of the North Central geo-political zones. She however said that the port management was already discussing with the Cross River Government on ways to ensure smooth passage of trucks on the road.
“We have also concluded plans for the rehabilitation of the internal road leading to the harbor area and very soon work will start on it and are doing everything within our powers to make the environment conducive for investors. “Since we are looking for investors, we have to create the enabling environment for their business to thrive.’’ she added.
Culled from:Daily Trust