Ayade to extend Calabar monorail to airport

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… Contractor commences test run of facility

Following the successful installation of all components of the first ultra-modern monorail in West Africa that spans Calabar International Conference Centre (CICC) to the Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort, Cross River Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade has disclosed his determination to extend the facility to the Margaret Ekpo International Airport.
Ayade, who made the disclosure shortly after taking a test ride at the installation point of the facility in Tinapa, said extending the monorail to the airport would be a panacea to the envisaged congestion of the city centre occasioned by rapid inflow of investment.
He said the plan would check impending trend and make access to the CICC and Tinapa from the airport more pleasurable.
“This project stands to be extended to the Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar, as the state receives approval certifying the airport for international operations.”
The governor, who was accompanied by his Deputy, Prof. Ivara Esu and other top functionaries of the state, noted: “Visitors and tourists will be glad to experience Africa’s warmest city on the monorail as they visit from now on, an experience that will remain memorable in their minds as the project is fast becoming a reality.”
With the double coaches now mounted and ready to be used, he said he could not “wait to have the first ride.‎ Don’t forget that we are bringing the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, other beauty queens and the international community. They will all take a ride on this facility.”
The governor, who expressed satisfaction at the level of work done so far by the contractor, noted that he was keeping to the project agreement; adding that completion of the project will further boost excitement for this year’s carnival.
The monorail, using an Intamin P8 electric powered passenger shuttle train, will move passengers between the CICC and the Tinapa complex while allowing access to Studio Tinapa, Tinapa Shopping Centre, and the Tinapa Waterpark as well as provide a quick alternative access connecting Tinapa to Summit Hills.

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