The recent developments surrounding the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road project have stirred concerns within the opposition political landscape, notably impacting the political relevance of key figures, including the 2023 PDP Presidential Candidate and The Waziri of Adamawa, Atiku Abubakar. As Nigerians observe the unfolding dynamics, particularly the significance of the Coastal Superhighway in boosting the economy and empowering the less privileged, it becomes evident why this project has become a focal point of contention among opposition parties, with Atiku Abubakar at the forefront.

OHANAEZE NDIGBO, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, has meticulously analyzed the intricacies of the project, from its inception to the Presidential approval of the ambitious 700km Coastal Lagos-Calabar route costing 15 trillion Naira. The assignment of contracts to Hi-Tech Companies, within legal frameworks, and the commencement of construction at a measured pace of 4 billion per kilometer have sparked unease among opposition camps. The looming completion of this legacy project, overseen by the Minister Of Works, Senator Dave Umahi, poses a strategic threat to Atiku Abubakar’s political aspirations for the 2027 elections.

The ongoing construction progress spearheaded by Hi-Tech Company and Minister Umahi’s transparent revelations regarding the project’s origins during the Goodluck Jonathan administration have instilled confidence among Nigerians. As OHANAEZE NDIGBO Secretary-General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, emphasizes, the resolution of controversies surrounding the Lagos-Calabar Road dispels doubts and reinforces the commitment of Igbo leadership to national development.

The expectations of Nigerians align with the need to prioritize national progress over political maneuvering. Atiku Abubakar and other detractors are urged to desist from impeding the constructive efforts of Minister Umahi and instead focus on contributing meaningfully when the time is apt. Prayers are extended for the successful execution of ongoing road projects under President Tinubu’s administration, guided by Minister Umahi’s emphasis on quality and sustainability through innovative cement technology.

As the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road construction has commenced, the resounding impact on infrastructural development and economic prosperity will undoubtedly shape the political landscape, and all stakeholders must unite in advancing the collective welfare of Nigerians.

Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro
Secretary General
Ohanaeze Ndigbo

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