Gov Emmanuel Flags Off 12.15km Road Project In Nsit Ibom
By Umoh-Obong Kingsley |
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, on Wednesday fulfilled his campaign promise to Nsit Ibom people as he officially flagged-off another people-oriented project, construction of 12.15km Oboyo Ikot Ita-Ikot Akpan Abia road with a span bridge.
The Governor who was ably represented by the Honourable Commissioner for Works, Mr. Ephraim Inyang, assured indigenes of the LG of more laudable projects in the area.
He noted that the road project, which traverses nine group of villages – Ikot Akpan Abia, Ikot Ekoi, Ikot Akpaedu, Oboyo Ikot Ita, Obo Atai, Mbiakot, Ikot Ebuk, Obio Etuk, Ikot Enwene, and Enen Nsit – is expected to be ready in 12 months.
Mr Ephraim explained that the Governor is committed towards the construction of the road, and that work has commenced in earnest as he has released funds and contractors mobilised to begin work.
He further explained that it was not only the Ikot Akpan Abia-Enen Nsit road that was earmarked for construction in Nsit Ibom, which, according to him, is a strategic local government between Uyo and Eket Senatorial Districts, saying that the road would link Eket without necessarily going through the usual road.
The road which is 12.15km long, 7.3m wide with a 30m span bridge, will have drains on both sides, and at the end, an asphalt drain will be done down to the stream to control flood in the area.
Earlier, during an exclusive interview with the Directorate of Marketing and Brand Management (Dakkada) led by Mr Sam Edoho, why the government invests so much on road construction, Hon Ephraim Inyang explained that “When investors come to an area, they look for two basic things – peace in the locality and good road networks.
“No investor would want to drive on an asphalted road for about 10km and spend another 10km on a bush track. So we are bringing the dynamics of this government in road constructions to give the state good road networks.
“If these two things are available in a local government, when an investor comes, he would like to stay.”
He called on elders, traditional rulers, stakeholders, youths, women and men of the area to desist from the habit of creating hindrances to the road construction, as well as erecting illegal structures on marked portion as they would be demolished without compensation.
Present at the flag off ceremony were Nsit Ibom Political Leader and Director General of Divine Mandate, Mkpisong Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga; Senior Special Assistant to Governor on Marketing and Brand Management, Mr Sam Edoho; Nsit Ibom Local Government Chairman, Hon. Akpan Eric; member representing Nsit Ibom at the state House of Assembly, Hon. Mfon Etim Ekong, political stalwarts in the area, royal fathers, youth groups, and women.