At any moment, an encounter with the Commissioner for Works, Akwa Ibom State, Akparawa Ephraim Inyang-Eyen is not only a delight but mind-blowing.
It is not only about his rich depth of understanding and knowledge of the Ministry of Works that he is superintending but getting to know the volume of projects Governor Udom Emmanuel has accomplished and currently working on.
A peep into the intellectual disposition of the man, Akparawa Ephraim Inyang-eyen and the miraculous endeavors of Governor Udom Emmanuel in the road infrastructure sector came glaringly at Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly on Thursday, August 8, 2019.
The occasion was the defense of the 2020 Budget Estimate of the Ministry of Works before the Rt. Hon. Uduak Odudoh led House Committee on Finance and Appropriation held at the Conference Room of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.
Inyang-eyen, accompanied by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Engr. John Itiat, Director of Accounts, Mr. Edet Ayara, and other ministry officials, made a superb overview of the roads already executed and the ones ongoing, including the recently flagged off Flyover in Ikot Oku Ikono, Uyo, and the superhighway scheme cutting across several local government areas in Eket Senatorial District. The superhighway, he said, will be key to the success of the Ibom Deep Seaport in Mbo LGA.
Soliciting the cooperation of the committee and the House of Assembly in the funding of various ongoing road projects across the State, the Works Commissioner announced that Uyo- Ikot Ekpene Highway will be delivered effective December 2019.
Rt. Hon. Uduak Odudoh, Chairman of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, was quick to recognize the competence of Inyang-Eyen in driving road project execution and assured that the Committee, nay the Assembly will readily support the government in its completion agenda programme.
The Committee chairman gave thumbs up to Governor Udom Emmanuel on his superb road sector performances as effectively x-rayed by Inyang-eyen.
Another member of the Committee, Rt. Hon. Godwin Ekpo, reacting to the overview made by the Works Commissioner, Akparawa Inyang-eyen, passed a vote of confidence in him and described him as a valuable asset in the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel.
Members of the Committee at the event were Hon Udeme Otong (Abak), Hon Godwin Ekpo (Ibiono Ibom), Hon Uduak Odudoh (Ikot Abasi/Eastern Obolo – Chairman), Rt. Hon Effiong Bassey (Oron/Udung Uko), Hon (Barr) Bob Otobong (Nsit Ubium), Hon Victor Ekwere (Mkpat Enin), Hon Asuquo Nana ( Ikono)