There was palpable air of excitement in Cross River State as the state gets set to host President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, September 21.
President Buhari is visiting the state to flag off the construction of the 260km Calabar-Kasina-ala Super Highway.
The road is to serve as the evacuation route for another project, the Bakassi Deep seaport.
Both the super highway and the sea port are estimated to cost about N700 billion.
Speaking on the impending visit of Buhari, a former member of the Armed Forces Ruling Council and former chairman of the military wing of the Petroleum Trust Fund, (PTf),Gen Edward Unimna, said that it is a privilege that the president is visiting the state, stressing that this shows the high regards he has for the state.
He said, “It is a very good pointer that the state is doing well. I must commend the federal government for this confidence reposed on the state.
When President Buhari selected Ayade to accompany him to the Cameroon, it was a clear indication that the president is happy with what our governor is doing and that the governor is working harmoniously with the federal government.”
He said the visit is a clear pointer that the super highway would be a reality, just as it will clear a lot of fears as regards the project.
Speaking in similar vein, former military administrator of Kwara State, Col. Pam Ogar (rtd), said the president’s visit is an assurance that the project would succeed.
He said, “First of all, it is reassuring that the president is bent on positive change. By his coming, he is telling us in this part of the country that he would support whoever is bringing about positive change irrespective of party affiliation.
He said the flag off of the project portrays the governor as someone who keeps promise.
According to him, the governor has shown that, “Politics is not all about fake promises. He is a governor who is justifying whatever he has promised.”
Similarly, a former governor of the state, Chief Clement Ebri, said the people of the state can barely wait for the president’s visit.
According to Ebri, “I am elated and can’t wait to see that happen. By choosing to embark on these projects, the governor is virtually moving the mountains. I am totally in support of the governor on these projects.”