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Cross River considers rail line from Obudu to Calabar


Cross River considers rail line from Obudu to Calabar

The Governor of Cross River State, Governor Bassey Otu, has announced the initiation of plans to construct a rail line that will connect the town of Obudu to Calabar, the state capital.

Governor Otu made this revelation during a media interaction in Calabar, marking his first 100 days in office. 

He expressed his commitment to bringing this rail project to fruition during his tenure, emphasizing that it would alleviate transportation challenges within the state.

He also highlighted the environmental aspect of the proposed rail line, affirming that the project would be environmentally friendly.

In his words, Governor Otu stated, “I had said I wouldn’t embark on any new projects but to finish all the abandoned ones, but the rail line is important to ease the present challenges in the state. My administration is not just going to start this project but will also see to its conclusion.”

Governor Otu went on to discuss the achievements of his administration in the area of infrastructure development within the first 100 days in office. He emphasized the priority given to Cally Air, a state-owned airline, as well as the Obudu Cargo and Passengers airport.

Regarding the Obudu Cargo airport, Governor Otu revealed that the state had secured N3.7 billion for its completion. This achievement aligns with the state’s goal of transforming Cross River into a key aviation hub.

To further solidify the state’s position as a transit hub and evacuation corridor, the government has successfully attracted an Irish Aviation Company to establish and operate an Aviation Training School in Bebi, Obanliku. Governor Otu also mentioned the government’s commitment to covering the full tuition fees for all state indigenes enrolled in the institution.

He concluded by confirming that N3.7 billion had been allocated by the State Government for the completion of the Obudu Cargo and Passenger Airport, marking significant progress toward enhancing the state’s transportation and aviation infrastructure.

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