In addition to the ongoing construction of the second largest stadium in Eket, Governor Udom Emmanuel is also undertaking massive remodeling of Eket metropolis as well as constructing numerous internal roads and huge investment underground drainage systems to forestall flooding and erosion menace for the people of Eket.
Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Charles Udoh stated this over the weekend while taking a cross section of the media community on site visits of ongoing projects undertaken by the Governor Udom Emmanuel-led administration in Eket LGA.
Some of the sites visited were the Eket Sports Stadium and the remodeling project site of the Atabong/Oron road underground drainage and strategic roundabout, where work is going on steadily and speedily with high enthusiasm by workers and hired labourers who expressed appreciation to Governor Udom Emmanuel for engaging them positively and empowering them financially from the proceeds of their wok.
Speaking, Mrs. Affiong Eteyen, one of the food vendors at the Eket Sports stadium reiterated that, with the ongoing work at the stadium and other project sites in the Eket, there has been a massive reduction in robbery and other criminal activities in the area as so many youths have now been positively engaged at the sites taking them away from idleness and criminality.
She said on her part and those of her co-business partners, their conditions have changed positively with the daily income they make from sales of food disclosing that with a plate of food going for N100 they make quite some profits enough to run their families and also take care of themselves.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Charles Udoh, who was Guest on a Live radio programme on Heritage Radio 104.9 FM, “Diary of Development’’ reiterated that Governor Udom Emmanuel has given Eket a fair share of dividends of good governance and listed some of them to include Dualization of Eket/Ibeno road; dualization of Eket/Etinan Road; Dualization of the Ibom Super Highway which cuts across Eket/Ibeno/Esit Ekit/Mbo and Construction of Ndon Eyo-Ikot Akpatek-Odio road.
Others are: construction of Osiok Iko-Eket with Drains and Earthwork; construction of Udota-Ikot Afaha Road, construction of Nim Nwong Road, construction of Ikot Ibiok-Ikot Udofia as well as dualization and expanded carriageway ongoing at Atabong/Oron road, among others.
Charles Udoh debunked the claims that some parts of Eket/Ibeno road is abandoned intimating that, those areas have much clay deposits that needed specialized attention and disclosed that there are plans by government to put bridges or culvert above the clay patches for a thorough complete construction work in the area.
He has being a host to ExxonMobil, Eket is receiving great attention to remold and make it easily accessible from the capital Uyo within few minutes for business purposes and urged the people of Eket to reciprocate this gesture by appreciating and supporting Governor Udom Emmanuel on his second term bid so they can continue to enjoy more dividends of good governance.
On the ongoing construction of a 22-storey SMART building in Uyo, the state capital, the Information Boss said, it was necessary for government to provide a befitting accommodation and administrative offices for ExxonMobil and other International Oil Companies (IOCs), which hitherto had complained of lack of comfortable accommodation, to enable them move their administrative base to the state towards boosting the internally generated revenue of the state.
Udoh said, as one of the highest producers of Crude oil which services the economy of Nigeria, Akwa Ibom deserves the best but decried the lack of meaningful gains from the IOCs operating in the state as well as the near non Federal presence when juxtaposed with the revenue they derive from Akwa Ibom State.