The Federal Government has announced intentions to open the second stretch of the Lago-Calabar-Coastal Highway from Cross River to Akwa Ibom as part of its continuing infrastructure development drive under the Renewed Hope Agenda.

David Umahi, Minister of Works, made the news during a stakeholder engagement meeting on Saturday at Ibom Hall in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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The ministry’s Director of Information and Public Relations, Edet Ekpenyong, released a statement on Sunday.

The minister was quoted as saying, “We are here to introduce Section Three and Four of the famous Lagos- Calabar Coastal Highway.

“We started and awarded Section One which started in Lagos and terminated at deep port in Lagos and is at 47.4km.

“There is Section Two that is starting at Lekki Deep Sea Port and taking it to the famous Dangote Refinery.

“The President has graciously directed that Section Three and Four must start at Cross River and stop at Akwa Ibom.”

The minister added “that Section Three has 27 km on Akwa Ibom land 38 km on Cross River State. While Section Four is entirely on Akwa Ibom that is 80 km.When you add 27 km and 80km, you have 107km. So, you are benefiting from maximising this coastal highway.

“When we complete the procurement process and award this Section Three and Four, work will start in many sub- sections of this section all at the same time.

“Tinubu is a man who matches his words with actions. So we are happy with the level of commendations and support we received from Nigerians and so many benefits of the coastal highway.”

Speaking at the event, the Senate President, Senator, Godswill Akpabio, expressed his appreciation to President Bola Tinubu for listening to his plea to start Section Three and Four of the coastal highway in Cross River State to Akwa Ibom.

He called on the Akwa Ibom State Governor , Pastor Umo Eno, to give maximum support to the Federal Government.