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Saturday, July 18, 2020

GOV UDOM EMMANUEL IS COMMITTED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF AKWA IBOM STATE - DAVID LAWRENCE AKHA works committee inspects Eket/Etinan road, Ekpene Ukpa bridge, ors.

Jerryz Edoho

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has again received encomium from members of the State Assembly for his amazing commitment to the development of the State.

Chairman, House Committee on Works and Transport,  Rt. Hon. David Lawrence, stated this on Friday in Uyo, while speaking to a team of Journalists, when he led members of its Committee to inspect work progress at various road project sites, saying that the government of Udom Emmanuel, is determined and focused on actualizing the completion agenda.

"Governor Emmanuel's intention to provide basic amenities across the State and to make lives of the citizenry comfortable through massive road infrastructural network  is exceptionally acknowledged" David Lawrence Stated.

Member representing Etinan State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Barr. Aniefiok Dennis, the village head of Ikot Ebom, took the Committee round Ikot Ebom section where issue of flooding was raised. The village head, said the Community had envisaged the issue of heavy flooding which he noted has been reoccurring during heavy downpour since  the era of Obong Victor Attah.

Throwing more light on the flooding menace, Consultant to the Ministry of works, explained that the initial design for the road had a culvert at drainage 0.850 with no anticipation of flooding. He said because of the culvert at 0.850 drainage and the issue of flooding, there was a need for an outfall drain which the Ministry was unable to secure a comfortable discharge point after traversing the entire community. He hinted that same challenge is envisaged at drainage 18+250 which covers (Ikot Ikpe Okon) section. Though, he said he is optimistic that the request submitted to enable a last solution of flooding will be given approval.

Briefing the Committee members who where on oversight to determine work progress, Mr. Lee Rock, who recieved the lawmakers on behalf of CCECC, said his company, has so far completed a total of 3.5km from the last visit by the Committee. Mr. Rock, who is CCECC project Manager, explained that the slow work process is caused by non availability of right of way, unsafe weather and outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.

Reacting, David Lawrence, who is the member representing Eket State Constituency, said, they came as a committee for on the spot assessment  to take physical look, itemize all outstandings and challenges hindering pace of work, assuring that the Committee will report same to the Speaker to take decision and recommend possible remedial approach to the  Governor. He noted that there is impressive work progress on the Ekpene Ukpa and ONNA bridges as compared to what they met during their last visit three Months back. He urged them to however expedite action.

"We know Governor Udom Emmanuel is a listening leader who doesn't play politics with development. On behalf of the Committee, I appreciate the Governor for keeping to his campaign promise in a challenging period like this and we are certain that he won't deviate. We will make necessary recommendations for prompt intervention for a permanent solution to the issue of flooding in the area" Lawrence said.

On his part, Barr. Dennis thanked Governor Emmanuel for always rising to the plight of Akwa Ibom people.
"I really appreciate what the Governor is doing and his effort at ensuring peace  and development in our State is commendable, and we will continue to support this government. The Infrastructural development at the College of Health Technology, Afaha Nsit which has positioned the School for any accreditation is amazing" Barr. Dennis said.

The Committee also inspected Murtala road, Oron/Beach road, Market Square Road, Ebo Street, Atah Street, Abestony road, Shore Lane Protection in in Oron and Mbo LGAs as well as a faulty portion on the Eket-Ibeno road.

Others are; Abat-Ikot Akpatek-Odio/Ikwe road, Eket/Etinan Dual way, Ekpene Ukpa bridge in Etinan and Mkpok Bridge in ONNA.

The Committee also made a stop-over to inspect the collapsed Udesi road/bridge, which notice was brought to the floor of the House on a motion by the Member representing Mbo State Constituency, Hon. (Chief) Effiong Johnson.
The collapsed  bridge links Udesi Community to Isong Inyang-Oruko in Mbo LGA.

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