Ministry of Works Convenes Talks on Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway

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Federal Ministry of Works Convenes Meeting to Address Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway Controversy

As controversy heightens over the construction of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway, the Federal Ministry of Works has invited key stakeholders, including the governors of Akwa Ibom and Cross River states, for deliberations.

Others invited include the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Works, ministers from relevant ministries, royal fathers, technocrats, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), major telecommunications providers, and the media.

In a statement, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Works, Dr. Yakubu Adam Kofarmata, announced that the meeting will focus on the alignment for the construction of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway. This includes a 38km section (3A) in Cross River State, a 27km section (3B), and an 80km section (4) in Akwa Ibom State, as well as the design of the Cross River 92km segment of the Calabar-South East-North Central-Apo (Abuja) Superhighway by the African Trans Sahara Highway.

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The construction project has sparked significant controversy among political figures, opposition parties, host communities, and human rights activists. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar opposed the project, alleging the contract was awarded to Hitech Construction Company Nigeria Limited due to the personal relationship between the President of Nigeria and Hitech’s Chairman, Chagoury.

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He also criticized the demolition process as hurried and a threat to foreign investment. Labour Party presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, argued that the project’s timing is inappropriate given the current economic hardships faced by citizens. Host communities are concerned about the demolition of their investments without adequate compensation.

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