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FG Announces Suspension of Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway Realignment Citing Submarine Cable Risks

Lagos, Nigeria – The Federal Government of Nigeria has made an official announcement suspending the proposed realignment of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway project. The decision was revealed by the Minister of Works, Dave Umahi, during the 3rd Stakeholders Meeting held in Lagos.

Umahi cited the presence of submarine cables along the coastline as the primary reason for the government’s change of plans.

The proposed diversion, which would have altered the original route of the highway, has been deemed unfeasible due to the potential disruption it would cause to the vital submarine cables that facilitate telecommunication services. Telecommunication companies had previously expressed concerns about the potential network outage that could arise if the realignment proceeded as planned.

In addition, Umahi mentioned that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report, which is crucial for such infrastructure projects, is currently unavailable. Citing Section 15 (b) of the Freedom of Information Act, Umahi justified the government’s decision to withhold certain information from the press and the public. The mentioned section allows government institutions to withhold third-party information from disclosure.

The decision to halt the realignment has been met with mixed reactions. Members of the Okun-Ajah community, whose ancestral homes would have been affected by the diversion, expressed their gratitude in a video shared by journalist Laila Johnson-Salami. They praised the Tinubu-led administration for considering their concerns and choosing not to proceed with the route that would have resulted in the demolition of their homes.

Despite the suspension of the realignment, the government remains committed to finding alternative solutions to ensure the successful completion of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway project. The project aims to improve connectivity and transportation between Lagos and Calabar, benefiting both local communities and the broader economy. The government will now explore other options that will not compromise the integrity of the submarine cables, protect the environment, and avoid further disruption to the affected communities.

The decision to prioritize the preservation of vital telecommunication infrastructure and address environmental concerns demonstrates the government’s commitment to responsible development and ensuring the welfare of its citizens. As further alternatives are considered, stakeholders and the public eagerly await updates on the future direction of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway project.

Efecha Gold
Efecha Gold
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