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Superhighway: NLC, TUC give government 21-day ultimatum to release EIA

Cross River State chapters of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Calabar on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 gave a 21-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to approve the Environmental Impart Assessment (EIA) report on the proposed Superhighway and the Bakassi Deep Seaport projects.

Governor Ben Ayade’s Superhighway project has encountered stiff opposition

The union members, carrying placards with different inscriptions such as: “NLC/TUC says give us Superhighway”, “We can’t depend on federal account, give us Super-highway”, chanted songs of solidarity.

Reading a statement, Chairman of Cross River NLC, John Ushie, said the Superhighway, when constructed, would shorten travel time from Calabar to Northern Nigeria from seven hours to only two hours.

“The road will open up investment in the tourism sector of the state as well shorten travel time to the Obudu Ranch Resort, which at present takes as much eight hours from Calabar due to the bad federal highway,” he stressed.

He added that the massive construction activities that will arise from these projects would generate huge employment opportunities.

The union leaders said the projects would give growth to the economy of the state during and after construction and that the Superhighway would promote eco-tourism as, according to them, easy access to the fauna and flora sanctuaries will be among other benefits to the state.

They urged the Federal Ministry of Environment to stop  politicising the EIA report for the Superhighway, adding that national parks are not immune to road networks as example abound all over the world.

The unionists led a peaceful protest to the state House of Assembly, Federal Secretariat and the Governor’s Office, where they delivered a letter to the governor of the state, Ben Ayade, and the Minister of Environment, and the Speaker of the House of Assembly.

Speaking on behalf of the the governor after receiving the letter, Secretary to the State Government, Tina Agbo, said: “Our governor who we know is labour-friendly; he is development-friendly. I will relate this message to him that he has done so well.

“From when he started, he wanted this signature project to take off. He started bulldozing the roads but negative people, enemies of progress, came after the young man.”

By Tina Todo, Calabar


  1. Super highway my *ss . Just another big mirage of a highly overrated governor who has no clue or agenda to develop a tourist state or the poorly indebted people of cross river state. Sorry to say by the time this digital man of a governor is through with cross river people they eyes will clear. Having failed to displace over 180 plus community people through their failed land grabbing under the guise of this same super highway, they have now gathered some hungry teacher and illiterate NLC people to come speak for them abi? Cross river people make una dey dere dey mumu. will clear all the state timber, sell it to recoup election money and then you have no road or forest resources.

    Have the Useless state chapter NLC and the TUC suggested the alternative of fixing the FG road; that attracts the FG reimbusement that the same state can invest in other areas.


    No Apologies

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