Lack of funds is responsible for the inability of the Cross River State Government to fill potholes in towns and cities in the state but had to wait till the Carnival period before filling them.
Engineer Dan Osim Asu, the State Commissioner for Works who recently returned to his desk after a failed bid to get the People’s Democratic Party, PDP ticket for the Ikom/Boki federal constituency post for the House of Representatives said the government usually waits till end of the year when the Carnival takes place and there are many visitors before the potholes are filled
“Potholes are a very microscopic unit of construction and are not standard projects. These roads with potholes have been constructed for a very long time and over time potholes developed on them so all you need to do is pour asphalts on them and over lay them with tar and you cannot measure standards with that”.
Osim Asu who spoke with journalist after delivering a keynote address at the Nigerian Society of Engineers NSE Cross River State annual general meeting on Thursday said the state governor Senator Ben Ayade is undertaking the construction of several roads that can stand the test of time in places like Boki,Ukelle, Mfom to Obanlikwu and Odukpani with the scare resource of the state and is careful to ensure that the potholes are filled at the end of the year when the rains have stopped.
“pseudo engineers are the ones who supervise projects because governments beginning from the federal to the state can hardly engage qualified engineers because of the cost so most of the projects executed can hardly last that is why roads go bad shortly after construction”.
He said in the past most commissioners fort work are not engineers until the emergence of Senator Ben Ayade who appointed him as the head of ministry which is why roads executed in the past hardly met the standard giving room for early damage of such roads..