….as Aides to the Gov Embark on Project Tour
As Transition Process begins and the season is unfolding with political consultations here and there, the Aides to the Governor have confirmed that Governor Udom Emmanuel has not created vacuum in governance hence the current zeal and spirit towards completing all flagship projects undertaken by this administration. To the Aides, this is a clear cut demonstration of the Governor’s avowed will to land well and finish strong in 2023.
The Aides made this confirmation known when the Special Assistants to the Governor on Project Monitoring, led by Mr. Johnson Attah, alongside Mr. Martin Inyangetoh, Lady Inimfon Essien, Comrade Ukeme Akpan, mobilized themselves to various project locations in Uyo, Itu, Oruk Anam and Mbo Local Government Areas respectively to ascertain the level of work done so far.
Taking the team on a one-day tour, the Project Manager of AMITEC Construction Ltd, Engineer Mickey, took the team through Ekpri Nsukara road by Nwaniba where work commenced recently and is ongoing in a rapid manner. At the site, he explained that the work is in two phases, with 3 km up the road as the first phase that is undergoing patching and the overlaying while the second phase measuring 2 km has the construction of two massive side drains, full earthworks seriously ongoing. The total stretch under construction by AMITEC is 5 km,, and it is billed to be completed on or before the end of the year 2022.
Later, the team took a tour to another project site at Calabar Itu highway gully site 1 and 2 where the erosion attacked and almost cut off the road but the State Government through the Ministry of Environment swiftly intervened by awarding the contract to AMITEC and work commenced last year December 2021 and seriously ongoing, as all efforts to rescue the site from being taken over by erosion are in advance stage. At the Site, the Project Engineer, Engr Bassey while taking the team around the site intimated them that the double reinforcement of the underground pipe jacking Channels meant to slow down the forces of the water is in a completing state and that the 45 m long pipe culvert with two retaining ones to take the water away from the road to protect the environment from facing further erosion threats are at advance stage and will be completed in 3 months time, hopefully.
The team further their tour to the 6.3 km road network at Atan Offot behind the PDP secretariat, where they witnessed an outstanding work done by AMITEC courtesy, Akwa Ibom State Government under the watch of Governor Udom Emmanuel. So far, the job done on the road is excellent, and it is at 80 percent completion by assessment as all the two side drains and the earthworks were completed, while stone base and priming were currently ongoing and in about a week or two from now, the asphalting of the road will commence, completed and due for commission by May this year.
At Oruk Anam, the team visited the road, which has two bridges to be constructed. The first bridge to be constructed is a one single span 30 m bridge and 4 to 5 km from the first bridge will be another 80 m bridge which the company is currently conducting some soil test on the location to ascertain the depths of the soil and what best to do. The company commenced work at the site last January 2022, and it is expected to be delivered at the end of this year.
To ascertain the company’s readiness to deliver all their projects on time, the team decided to visit the company’s Asphalt Plants and materials stocking Base at Mbo where two Asphalt Plants having full capacity of producing 60 to 120 tons per hour and with a daily production of about 500 tons were seen being in operation while stockpile of raw materials for work were on ground for use.
To wrap up the day’s tour, the team visited the Etebi-Anwang 1149m Bridge that is under a rapid construction by AMITEC.According to the Project manager, Engr. Rualsa Noah, the main beam of the bridge is completed, and the company is currently working on the desk which hopefully, the bridge will be delivered on or before the end of 2022. This particular Bridge is rumored to be the longest bridge in the Nigeria after the third mainland bridge of Lagos. The Job done on this bridge is 70 percent so far, and it’s expected to be commissioned before the end of the year.
However, at the respective sites, the AMITEC representative expressed satisfaction in the corporation from the state Government and the host communities, adding that the company is poised to deliver more life touching projects to the state and it’s people as at when due without excuses, so far, opportunity is given to them. He further expressed the company’s readiness to continue to partner the state government in project execution.
Also, in their respective remarks at the respective sites of the projects, the Aides who were marveled by the ingenuity of the Governor in ensuring that projects of these magnitudes are all flagged off and their execution processes are followed to the latter till they are completed, commissioned and handed over to the people, expressed their profound gratitude to God for the gift of their Boss at this time, to Akwa Ibom, maintaining that projects done will certainly add socio-economic value to the lives of the people living within and outside the environment. They used the opportunity to thank the Governor for choosing them to be part of the completion agenda team, stressing that they are resolute and committed to the process that will enable the governor to land well and finish stronger than one can imagine.