Carnival: Calabar roads get facelift

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The Cross River State Road Maintenance Agency has commenced the rehabilitation of bad portions of roads along the 12 kilometer carnival routes and other areas within the Calabar metropolis.

Director General of the Agency, Mr Oqua Edet-Oqua, who disclosed this, Thursday in Calabar, said the agency embarked on the repairs because of the importance of the routes to the carnival.

According to him, the agency usually carries out repairs of potholes within the state metropolis every December to make the roads motorable and fit for the street dance.

“If you drive along the carnival routes and other major roads in the metropolis, you will agree with me that they have actually started work. Some of the potholes have been marked while others were applied stone base and are waiting for the pouring of asphalt.

“Between now and the early part of December, we are hoping to complete the entire work. We are also working on other parts of the state because we believe that the yuletide season in Calabar is of most importance to us.

“I am giving you my assurance that the roads along the carnival routes will be ready for use in due course and the carnival participants will have a better road to dance on,’’ he said.

He explained that the maintenance and rehabilitation of major roads, especially the ones on the carnival routes had become a routine activity of the agency every December.

“It is a common knowledge in Cross River that before the carnival, all the roads are given attention and we will try to ensure that everywhere is clean before the main event,’’ he said.

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