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Governor Otu Performs Groundbreaking Ceremony of 5KM Road Construction in Ukelle, Yala Local Government Area

Says his administration prioritizes infrastructure and social development initiatives

Cross River State Governor, Senator Bassey Otu, Friday, reiterated his administration's commitment to provision of access roads to foster socioeconomic advancement and promote agriculture development in the state.

The Governor, represented by his deputy, Rt. Hon. Dr. Peter Odey, while speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of 5KM in Ukelle, Yala Local Government Area, emphasized that the road project has been strategically planned and approved by his administration to not only boost commercial activities in the area but also signify the commencement of vital relief efforts for the populace. This initiative aims to improve connectivity and accessibility for local communities in the Northern Senatorial District of the state.

After the completion of the first phase of the project, Odey assured the people of Yala that the Government would not delay commencement of the second phase, urged them to continue in their support to this current administration which prioritizes the welfare of her people.

Earlier, in his opening remarks, the Commissioner for International Donor Coordination hailed Governor Otu's administration for approving the construction of the 5KM Ukelle-Benue Road. He emphasized that once completed and commissioned, the road will not only alleviate the longstanding hardships faced by the agrarian people of Ukelle but also enhance infrastructure, unlock economic potential, bridge gaps, and improve access to healthcare, education, and investment opportunities.

Meanwhile, Hon. Brian Odey, representing Yala I, and Hon. Dr. Martin Achadu, representing Yala II state constituencies, praised the Governor for boldly initiating and presiding over the groundbreaking ceremony for this crucial road construction project. They also acknowledged his administration's unwavering determination and commitment to the welfare of the people.

They expressed confidence in Senator Prince Bassey Edet Otu's leadership alongside his supportive deputy, Rt. Hon. Peter Odey, and urged the Governor to extend his administration's social and developmental initiatives to other communities within Yala Local Government Area.

On his part, Alphonsus Eba, State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, expressed gratitude to the 'People First' Governor Senator Prince Bassey Otu, Deputy Governor Odey, and others for their sincere commitment to initiating this commendable project aimed at addressing the area's infrastructure needs. He urged royal fathers and residents to give the needed support to the current government and contractor of this historic project to ensure the timely completion of the project's first phase.

Additionally, Mr. Pius Ankpo, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, intimated that the first phase of the road being kick-started will be finished within 18 months. He said the development is set to transform Yala Local Government Area and enhance transportation in line with the Governor's 'People First' mantra and Mr. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's Renewed Hope Agenda.

He assured of Governor Otu's dedication to completing not only this project but also others underway across the state. He urged the contracting firm, 'Coastbound', to prioritize quality and timely completion.

Royal fathers and other stakeholders from the area reaffirmed Ukelle Nation's support for the Governor in advancing the state's socioeconomic development efforts.

© Deputy Governor's Press Unit, Calabar