Atiku, in Cross River, announces plans for Calabar port expansion, rail, road infrastructure
Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has pledged to revitalize the Calabar port and drive economic growth in the South-South region of Nigeria.
During Monday’s campaign rally in Cross River State, at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar, Atiku outlined his vision for the future of the region, promising to construct rail lines from Lagos to Port Harcourt via Calabar and to connect the state with the rest of the country through upgraded road networks.
With these initiatives, Atiku hopes to transform Calabar into a hub of commercial activity and bring prosperity to the people of Cross River State.
“This is just one, again agricultural potentials are going to be multiplied. So developing Calabar port alone is going to be an abundant opportunity for the people of Cross River and I promise you, if you vote for PDP for the president and governorship, we will work together with your governors, your legislators we will implement this policy which has been grounded by APC.
“There is the issue of infrastructural development, that is first of all, the road networks connecting you with neighbouring states and then secondly the proposed rail line from Lagos through Calabar to Port Harcourt,” Atiku said.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the PDP Campaign Council and governor of Akwa-Ibom state, Udom Emmanuel assured the people of Cross River, what Atiku will do when elected.
He said: “Our colour is PDP, our colour is capacity, our colour is human development, our colour is delivering prosperity, development and then poverty alleviation. I want to assure you that infrastructure in terms of the road network under Atiku Abubakar will be very well developed.”
In a vague reference to the governor of Cross River state, Ben Ayade, and others who defected from the PDP, the National Chairman of the party, Senator Iyorcha Ayu, who also spoke at the campaign rally, said they will come back.
“You have voted for some of our great sons and daughters in the PDP, unfortunately, some of them have disappointed you. But wherever they are going, they will come back home because the people of Cross River State will not go with them.
“I want to beg of you that on the 25th of this month, vote for one person who will unify this country, who will wipe your tears, who will make sure that the economy of Nigeria comes back to be the first and best economy in the continent.
“When we left office in 2015, the Naira was exchanged at N180 to a dollar. How much is naira exchanging to a dollar today, N800 to a dollar? That brings poverty to you. When we left, we left a foreign debt of $9.6 billion. Within seven years, the APC has increased that debt to $97 billion dollars.
”In other words, each one of you standing here is a debtor, and it is affecting the economy of this country because all the money we are earning, we spend on servicing debt,” he said.