Uyo-Ikot Ekpene-Aba Road: Gov Emmanuel Seeks FG's Approval For Private Partnership
Akwa Ibom State, Governor Mr Udom Emmanuel, has appealed to the Federal government to reimburse the state with over N140 billion expended on the construction of Federal roads and other federal infrastructures in the state.
Governor Emmanuel made the appeal when he embarked on inspection of Uyo, Ikot Ekpene-Aba Dual Carriage Way road project undertaken by Julius Berger Plc.
He said such funds would facilitate the road construction and ensure its completion to ease the difficulties commuters encounter from the Abia State axis and the road connecting Akwa Ibom with Cross River States.
Governor Emmanuel particularly called on the Federal government to give approval for the road construction to be undertaken under Public Private Partnership arrangement in view of the fact that these roads are major economic highways into the state.
“It is a major economic high way into the entire state. I’ve applied to the Federal Government for concession for the road to be completed under a Public Private Partnership model. All that I’m asking from the Federal government is one word ‘Approve’ and the roads would be constructed in no time”
He urged the construction company, Julius Berger Plc, to expedite action on the road as soon as the dry season sets in to give tourists access to the Four Point Sheraton Hotel at Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area during the Christmas festivities.
The site manager, Mr Peter Reifenstuhl, explained that the project was delayed by heavy downpour and assured that as soon as the rainy days are over work will commence in earnest.
Governor Emmanuel who decried the various litigations instituted by beneficiaries of compensation along the road ordered occupants of such buildings to vacate for the structures to be demolished in two weeks.
“We’ve paid compensation to property owners on the road why take the government to Court after collecting the money? I’m appealing to them to leave the houses because in two weeks i’ll order demolition of those houses. Certainly we are committed to creating access in this place before the Christmas festivities” He emphasised.