Clark hails Tinubu for Lagos-Calabar coastal road project


President Bola Tinubu has been commended by Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, for the award of the construction of the Lagos to Calabar coastal road.

This was contained in an open letter to the president where he laid complain about some issues of infrastructural development of the Niger Delta region, and the country at large, said when completed the project will change the landscape of infrastructural development in Nigeria.

He however asked the president to particularly pay more attention to projects in the Niger Delta area.

He stated: “I congratulate you, your Minister of Works and former Governor of Ebonyi State, His Excellency, David Umahi, for the recent award of the coastal road which will stretch from Lagos State down to Calabar, Cross River State.

“This is a landmark project which if completed, will change the landscape of infrastructural development in Nigeria. It is particularly pleasing to note that this project is being executed as a Public/Private Partnership (PPP). This means that a substantial portion of the funding, which is over ₦1trillion, will be coming from the private sector.

“I assure you that we will not only endorse this project but will fully extend our support to ensure its completion, especially at the areas of the Niger Delta where it will pass through.”

He added: “Like Oliver Twist, the Niger Delta people are seriously requesting Mr President to give priority to the very important project which will no doubt cater for the security and welfare of our people having regards to the role of the region in supporting the economy of the entire country.

“The Coastal Road, therefore, could not be a substitute for our immediate requirement. It is estimated that the portion being constructed by the contractor from the Lagos end may take at least two years to complete before moving to the second phase.”

He also called for the completion of the unending East-West road, the coastal rail project from Lagos to Calabar

Clark said the government should ensure its completion of the Lokoja -Abuja axis.

Also, the president in the letter was asked about Calabar-Itu Road; Benin-Sapele-Warri Road and Bodo-Bonny Road project.

He assured the president that the projects would be signature projects if he could complete them.

“Finally, it is at this juncture I want to urge you Mr. President, to use your authority and stamp your name in gold by completing these priority roads and making it a thing of the past. This also has a moral implication because this is where the wealth of the country i.e. Money from oil comes from and it is a matter of equity and fairness that we have a good road on which people can pass.

“Once more, Mr. President, I want to assure you that on such a noble effort, you can count on my support and that of the entire people of the south-south.”