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Group urges Ayade to fix collapsed road or face mass protest

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By Joseph Kingston, Calabar

The poor road infrastructure in Cross River state has drawn the anger of a group, Niger Delta Activists Forum (NDAF) which Thursday gave Gov Ben Ayade 30-day ultimatum to fix the roads and potholes or face mass protest across the state.

In a press statement made available to reporters in Calabar and signed by Paul Ajie and Ogar Emmanuel Oko, chairman and public relations officer respectively, the group found fault with a statement credited to Governor Ayade that good roads give room for criminals to operate.

The statement wondered why the governor should make such remarks and reminded Gov Ayade that about six months ago, the Governor had said that road construction and repairs were being delayed due to rain and that construction works would commence as soon as dry season sets in.

“NDAF hereby gives a 30-day ultimatum to the government of Cross River State to commence immediate reconstruction and palliative works on the enumerated roads and others not mentioned across the state immediately.

“These roads account for the numerous accidents that happen on daily basis resulting in loss of lives and property.

“After the ultimatum and if the government fails to do so, we shall commence a seven-day state wide protest across the 18 local government areas between February 28 and March 6, 2020. We shall mobilise across board, including the civil society groups, market women, political parties and other interest groups,” the statement submitted.

It could be recalled that Cross River people had, for the past two years cried out to government over poor state of road. While some roads which were in good shape some years ago have completely collapsed, some have become death traps.

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