The Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu, V has appealed to the federal government to complete the Adiabo bridge started by the late General Sani Abacha’s government in 1993.

He made the appeal through the Obong of Calabar Executive Forum, OCEF, an executive and advisory arm in the Palace of the Obong headed by high Chief Henshaw.

He explained that the bridge was to open up the hinterlands and link Akwa Ibom State to reduce journey hours and improve the economic fortunes of communities along the road.

Obong Abasi Otu said the Calabar (Adiabo) side of the bridge was nearly 70 per cent completed until it was suspended for some unknown reasons by that regime.

He stressed that such massive investment remains very critical and should not be allowed to rot away.

“We want to strongly appeal to the federal government not to forget this bridge. It is very important because it can open up many communities up to neighbouring Akwa Ibom State”.

Commending President Bola Tinubu for initiating the coastal Calabar-Lagos highway, the Obong reminded him about the importance of also dredging the Calabar Channel, which has been a lingering issue.

He said if it is dredged it will tremendously boost maritime trade and boost economic opportunities.

Complete Adiabo bridge, dredge Calabar channel – Obong Abasi Otu begs Tinubu

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