Hon. Offiono Calls for Rehabilitation of Ogoja-Calabar Highway

Hon. Godwin Offiono

Hon. Godwin Offiono Calls for Rehabilitation of Ogoja-Ikom-Calabar Highway

In a resounding call for action, Hon. Godwin Offiono, the dedicated representative of Ogoja/Yala Federal Constituency, passionately moved a motion in the House of Representatives on October 19th, 2023, urging the urgent rehabilitation of the Bekwarra-Ogoja-Ikom-Calabar Federal Highway in Cross River State. The significance of this motion cannot be overstated, as it addresses a critical issue that affects not only the people of Cross River State but also the entire nation.


Offiono, in his compelling address to the assembly, highlighted the pivotal role played by the Bekwarra-Ogoja-Ikom-Calabar Federal Road Network in connecting the South-South to the Northern regions of Nigeria. However, he shed light on the deplorable state of the road, painting a vivid picture of the challenges faced by commuters and traders. For decades, this vital lifeline has languished in neglect, causing unimaginable hardships for those who rely on it for transportation and trade.

The dire condition of the road has far-reaching consequences, impacting both security and the economy. Offiono voiced his concerns about the increased security threats and loss of life due to accidents caused by the road’s deteriorating state. He passionately argued that the neglect of this essential route has led to a rise in criminal activities, reduced commercial activities, and inflated transportation costs. These issues are symptomatic of the larger problem at hand, demanding immediate attention and action from the government.

A particularly alarming revelation was the impassable state of significant portions of the road, rendered treacherous by deep potholes. Trucks, vital for transporting goods, often find themselves stranded for days due to these hazards. Such situations not only cause inconvenience but also lead to significant economic losses, hindering the smooth flow of goods and services.

In his motion, Hon. Offiono called upon the Federal Ministry of Works and the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to implement urgent palliative measures on the Bekwarra-Ogoja-Ikom-Calabar road. His request was not limited to short-term solutions; he implored the authorities to allocate sufficient funds in the 2024 budget estimate for the comprehensive rehabilitation of this essential artery.

During the ensuing plenary session, the House responded decisively to Offiono’s impassioned plea. The motion was referred to the committees on works and Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) for legislative compliance. This move signifies a step in the right direction, a beacon of hope for the countless individuals whose lives and livelihoods are intertwined with the fate of this highway.

In the face of adversity, Hon. Godwin Offiono’s unwavering determination and commitment to the welfare of his constituents and fellow citizens have shone brightly. His motion serves as a clarion call for unity and concerted efforts, urging the government to prioritize the well-being and safety of its people. As the wheels of legislative processes turn, there is a collective hope that the Bekwarra-Ogoja-Ikom-Calabar Federal Highway will soon witness a transformation, paving the way for progress, safety, and prosperity.

Hon. Godwin Offiono Calls for Rehabilitation of Ogoja-Ikom-Calabar Highway

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