Governor Udom Emmanuel’s avowed commitment to connect the hinterlands with the urban centres is yielding more results as the Governor within the week awarded contracts for the construction of 12 new roads construction projects across the three senatorial districts of Akwa Ibom State .
Fielding reports from newsmen, the State Commissioner for Works, Akparawa Ephraim Inyang disclosed that even with the shortfall in revenue, Governor Emmanuel has awarded more development projects with economic values and has also mobilised Contractors to sites.
The newly awarded Road Projects are 18.96 Abak 10 -Nko -Otoro -Manta Road with a spur in Abak Local Government Area ,9.3 km Secretarait -Ulliong Edikor -Udueto Road in Udung Uko, 6.3km Amayam Road and Comprehensive Health centre in Ikot Ekpene Local Government ,13.9 Akpambiet Edo-Edida -Edo-Ebe Ekpe Road , Ndon Idim – Idung Akpantuen with a spur and rehabilitation of 1.7km Uqua Iso Edoho – Edo Road in Esit Eket ,4.9 km Ibesit Okpokoro -Ikot Ibritam Road in Oruk Anam , 8.5km Nduetong -Iba Oku -Ibiaku Uruan with a spur to Ekit Itam the road gets across three Local Government of Uruan ,Uyo and Itu, Construction of 11.68 km Atabong Beach Market Road and Jetty in Okobo.
Others road Projects awarded are construction of 9km Mbiaya – Ita -Ikpa-Mbiakong -Idu Uruan Road with a 60 meter Span Bridge in Uruan Local Government Area, Construction of access Road to Atlantic Fm and it environs in Uruan , construction of 4..32km Owot Uta -Ikot Okubo -Ikot Ikere -Ikot Udo Ekop Road with 30meters span bridge in Ibesikpo Asutan , Construction of 5.8 km of selected streets in Ewet Housing Extention off Edet Akpan Avenue in Uyo , Construction of 3.2km internal Roads in College of Education ,Afaha Nsit, in Nsit Ibom.
The last on the list of the newly awarded Road Projects is the emergency works and the dualization of 3.1km Nung Ette Road in Shelter Afrique Estate , Mbiabong Etoi in Uyo Local Government Area .
The commissioner reassured the press that Governor Emmanuel is committed to spreading developmental Projects to all nooks and crannies of the State to open up the Rural Areas and connect them to Urban centres to discourage mass movement of people to congest Urban centres.
The commissioner pleaded with Akwa Ibom people to be patient with Government, as Governor Udom Emmanuel is a professional funds manager and will never waste the State funds on projects that don’t add value to the State’s economy .
” Your Governor is very prudent, he will never run this State to ruins , don’t listen to people who are trying to get at Government to score cheap political points, hence they make good to look evil . They don’t respect the seat of power and expect to be enthrone? God is not mocked, whatever we plant today we must reap it tomorrow,” he concluded.