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Commissioner: Bassey Otu inherited empty treasury | We won’t abandon any project

Ankpo Edet, the commissioner for works and infrastructure in Cross River, says Bassey Otu, governor of the state, inherited an empty treasury.

Edet, who spoke on Wednesday during a press briefing in Calabar, the state capital, said the administration has achieved significant progress in urban development.

The commissioner said the government also inherited poor infrastructure, adding that the new administration has commenced some road rehabilitation across the state.

He said the Bassey Otu-led administration will not abandon any task started by the previous governments.

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“The level of infrastructure decay we met on ground was such that I was confused as a commissioner when I went round Calabar upon resumption,” NAN quoted Edet as saying.

“I am happy to announce that we have done a lot in rehabilitating most of these roads in spite of the Sen. Bassey Otu-led administration meeting empty treasury.

“Just like we had in Calabar municipality and Calabar south, so were there several unmotorable roads in Cross River north and Cross River central.

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“These projects are being carried out with taxpayers’ money and so, we will work on them and also not abandon any of those we are working on now.

“You will see the serious work on the parliamentary extension road. We are using this road to be our super highway since the one embarked upon by the immediate past administration didn’t see the light of the day.”

The commissioner said the state government employed local contractors for the road construction, adding that the ongoing Obudu airport project would be completed in May.

“We don’t like capital flight and these local contractors are doing a tremendous job on these projects,” he added.

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