This clarification was made by Mr. Christian Ita, the Chief Press Secretary to the Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke.
Ita attributed the N6.9 billion earlier reported to a mix-up, saying one of the contractors that put in a bid for the job, had submitted a N6.9billion quotation.
The Governor’s aid said the contractor was not awarded the job because his estimates were considered too high.
It would be recalled that the Cross River State Government and the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) recently signed the agreement for the construction of the road.
The Special Adviser, Governor’s Office, Mr. Nzan Ogbe signed on behalf of the State while the General Manager CCECC Nig. Ltd, South-South and South-East, Mr. Lee Wang signed on behalf of the company.
At the ceremony, Governor Liyel Imoke had urged the contractor to be committed to the road project and see that it is delivered on schedule with no increase in cost but of highest standard.
According to Imoke, the dual carriage road will commence from Murtala Mohammed Highway to the centre as well as create access to Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort and open up the adjoining area, thereby cutting the 16 kilometer distance to Tinapa by 12 kilometer and taking it nearer to the city.