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Calabar – The Federal Government has pledged full support for the proposed Cross River 275km Super Highway and the Bakassi Deep Seaport.
Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, made the pledge on Thursday in Calabar at a Town hall meeting with the people of the state.
President Muhammadu Buhari in October 2015, performed the groundbreaking ceremony of the Superhighway, which is one of Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River’s signature projects.
He said that the federal government would support any genuine project by any state government for the benefit of the people.
He said: “We are fully in support of the Super Highway and we will work with state the government to ensure its fruition.
“The project will drive the state’s economy and Nigeria in general will benefit because the route will link other states of the federation,”.
Osinbajo, who also inaugurated the Calabar Garment Factory in the course of his official visit, described it as a clear way of providing jobs for the unemployed.
“ The garment factory is a clear example of how to provide jobs for the people and I urge other state governments to replicate the same in their states,” he said.
He said that the federal government placed much emphasis on job creation and called for patience by the citizenry.
He commended the beneficiaries of federal government’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SMES) in the state, adding that government would do more to encourage young entrepreneurs.
Osinbajo also said that the federal government would work with all stakeholders to ensure that the displaced people of Bakassi were adequately taken care of.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Acting President also performed the ground breaking of ceremony of Ayade Industrial Park/Rice Seedling factory and inaugurated the Calabar Mono Rail during the visit.