By Usiere Akpan
Gov Udom Emmanuel has endorsed the ongoing IBB flood control project at 90 percent stage of completion.
Consequently, Emmanuel has restated the assurance to complete the project before the of tenure of the present administration in the state.
The governor made the remarks in an interaction with newsmen during an inspection of the project from the IBB Way axis of the state capital, Uyo on Friday.
He expressed delight at the quality and pace of work at the different stages by the contractors, saying that the drainage project was one of its kind in terms of length and quality in the country.
Emmanuel maintained that the flood control project was another legacy of his administration to impact lives in anumber of communities, adding that the contractors have met expectations by going beyond the rudimentary standardsearlier set for them.
The state chief executive officer said that his administration was deeply concerned about how to take water completely out of the State Secretariat and its environments, hoping, “but with what I’m seeing here right now, I think that has been solved.”
The governor said that the drainage project was one of the complicated and fund consuming projects, expressing satisfaction that the quality and standard of work would complement drains passing through the Ring Road III and taking it to the outfall station.
He appreciated members of the communities that construction works have had to pass through for the construction of the drainage, regretting inconveniences they may have encountered while the contractors were working day and night to move at the needed pace.
The governor said that the cable bridge construction on the Etinan-Onna road was also impressive in terms of quality of work, assuring that the road was meant to divert traffic from the East-West road and take through Etinan – Uyo -Itu to Calabar for businesses.
The commissioner for environment and solid minerals, Mr Charles Udoh, said that the drainage project traverses through 17 communities and 3 local government areas with 8.4Km main drains and 1.6km concrete tributary drains, hinting that the project intent to address issues of flooding in the adjourning areas of Uyo metropolis was nearing completion.
The managing director of Wizchino Engineering Limited, Mr Jack Zou, who conducted Emmanuel round the bridge, appreciated the state government for consistent funding of the project despite lean resources, assuring that the bridge was constructed with the best engineering standards.