Akwa Ibom House of Assembly through its Committee on Works and Transport continues unscheduled inspection to intensify actions on completion of projects initiated by the administration of Mr. Udom Emmanuel.
Mr David Lawrence, member for Eket State Constituency,made the assertion at the weekend while briefing newsmen during the committee’s routine oversight tour to projects siteswithin the state.
He further said that the routine inspection aimed at restoring the confidence to Akwa Ibom people that the 7th Assembly will continue to align with the completion agenda of this administration. “We are here in continuation task of our oversight function of inspecting roads for the purpose of assuring that it is completed with quality and within record time; to be sure that the work is done according to specifications and that it aligns with the vision of the governor who is desirous to see that all projects are completed on recorded time,” he said.
The Eket lawmaker also said, “I thank Gov Udom Emmanuel for being a promise keeper and giving back to the people in the area of road projects in line with the dividends of democracy as demanded by the people.
The government is poised to on its part in ensuring that adequate machinery is put in place in terms of funding and other assistance by the ministry to ensure that contractors achieve the goal to finish the roads on time.
Some contractors are doing well and if they continue at that pace, the promise of the governor as it has to do with the completion agenda will be achieved before the administration winds down.
We want all contractors to do more as the committee will come back to see what progress is made because we want to be sure,especially as the rains will soon set in.
With what we have seen, Akwa Ibom people are further assured and their hope will be heightened that all road projects instituted by this administration will be completed.”
Project sites visited include:
Construction of 19.317 Anua Mbak – Ishiet Road with threespurs under construction by Verini Construction Company.
Accessing the site, the project manager, Mr Oku Ekpenyong, in his submission said the road is about 70 per cent completed and that all modalities have been put in place to see that it is completed within the lifespan of this administration.
Remarking, Mr. David Lawrence while charging the contractors to increase the speed of work, noted that the road has opened the area to boost economic activities.
Secondly, the committee visited 19.8km Uyo – Etinan Roadcontracted to Julius Berger Plc with flyover and drains.
Addressing the committee, the project engineer, Mr BakareKehinde, said that Uyo/Etinan Road would be completed soonest as the flyover was long completed and put to use.
The committee in its remark affirmed that Julius Berger was noted as an outstanding company with good job delivery and urged them to deliver same to Akwa Ibom State in no distant time.
Followed by 15km Ikot Oku Usung/Ikot Akpan Afaha Road under construction by AYF Development Nig. Limited, the managing director of AYF, Mr Ekpenyong Ekpenyong, who was on hand to receive the committee said that the entire project was at 80 per cent completion. “Asphalting is at the last stage while the spur is 90 per cent completion”.
He thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel for funding the project and the Ministry of Works for responding accordingly.
He however expressed challenges to include compensation issue but assured that the road project would be delivered for commissioning on May 29, 2022.
And lastly, 12.5km Ikot Ekaide – Ikot Ibiritam Road handled by Total Advance Construction company.
According to the site engineer, Mr Akintayo Stephen, the road contract which is about 70 per cent completed was awarded in 2019 and is expected to be completed by June/July 2022.