The Commissioner for Works, Mr Ephraim Inyang has insisted that no lesser than 700km of road are at various stages of completion in Akwa Ibom State, and that Governor Udom Emmanuel has no business deceiving his people.
Reacting to counter claims on the roads, the Commissioner maintained that, “anyone who has doubts about this figure should come to my office and I will put papers together and prove to him that this government has actually done or is doing more than 700kms of road.”
He said that “without mincing words the facts are practically on ground for anyone to verify.”
Mr. Inyang who narrated that with dualisation of roads, the road becomes twice its actual length explained further that the 29 kms road project, “from Etinan to Onna with a spur to Ndon Eyo, gives you 58km. When you talk about 19km from Ikot Oku Ikono to Etinan, you are talking about 38km; when you talk about 19km Eket – Ibeno road, which is 38km. When you talk about 22km from Etinan to Eket, you are talking about 44km.”
The works boss who was apparently miffed by the attitude of some skeptics over the sincere moves of the governor, furthered that, “when you look at the airport road, from the airport where we gave two contractors to Uya – Oro, that is another 43km, you are now talking of about 86km.When you talk about Ikot Eka Idem in Oruk – Anam local government that alone for the two contractors is 43km.”
He again re-iterated the desire of the Akwa Ibom state Government to partner with the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for the development and dualisation of the Abak-Ekparakwa-Ikot Abasi road. Saying that the road which leads to the industrial city area of the state, was included in the master plan of Akwa Ibom State.
“The road which the NDDC claimed interest about three months ago, has still been left unattended to, as no contractors has been seen on site,” and added that “this government, by the end of June, would have probably exhausted our patience by waiting for the imaginary NDDC contractors.”