By NBF News

The Cross River State government has concluded plans to construct three new urban roads to ease vehicular traffic in the Calabar metropolis.

Governor Liyel Imoke who disclosed this when he received members of the Presbyterian Assembly led by its outgone Moderator, Rt. Rev. Ubon Usung said the technical designs for the proposed roads had been completed and that construction will commence soon.

According to him, the roads include Margaret Ekpo International Airport bypass road which would link the area to MCC Road, New Tinapa-Odukpani Road as well as Marina Road. He said when completed, the three link roads would drastically check the vehicular traffic menace which he noted was a sign of development resulting from the impact the government was having on the citizenry.

He said that the 2nd Calabar channelization work would commence as soon as the rains subside, adding that the channelization which is designed to take off from the Murtala Muhammed Highway has already been awarded.

On the fight against cultism which he noted is now overwhelming with devastating effect on children, Imoke maintained that government would not rest on its oars in ensuring that the scourge was totally eliminated at all levels in the state.

He cited an instance where a secondary school pupil lost his life when they went for a succession exercise of their cult group, maintaining that all the culprits who have been identified would be made to face the full weight of the law. Senator Imoke lauded the outgone moderator for his meritorious service throughout his stay in the Lord's vineyard and urged him not to rest in contributing to the society. He assured the Church of his support at all times.

Earlier, Rt. Rev. Usung had said he was in Government House to inform the government of his disengagement, adding that as soon as the selection exercise was concluded, he would present his successor to state government for recognition.

He recalled the goodwill he enjoyed from the state government while serving and called on Senator Imoke to sustain the cordial relationship even after his exit. He prayed God to continue to strengthen him to deliver dividends of democracy which include free health programme, conditional cash transfer to poor and vulnerable families as well as other transformation programmes.