RE: NDDC AND THE DEPLORABLE STATE OF ABAK –IKOT ABASI ROAD
The attention of the Akwa Ibom State Government has been drawn to a spurious claim being bandied by agents of the opposition elements that the state government is preventing the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) from undertaking the construction of the deplorable Abak – Ikot Abasi road.
This is most despicable a tale to bear as it is nothing more than the fiction of the imagination of the bearers, and their sponsors.
For the avoidance of doubts, the Abak – Ikot Abasi road is a federal government road and is listed under the Category of Trunk A. As of today, the state government has not succeeded in getting approval for the downgrading of the road to enable it take over its construction, neither is the said road listed as a project in the current budget of the state government. It is therefore highly odious for anyone to imagine that the contract for the road project could have been awarded by the state without due process.
The Akwa Ibom State government is not in competition with the NDDC and has no reason to do so. On the contrary it is the desire of the Government and people of Akwa Ibom State that the NDDC being funded with resources from our backyard, should be encouraged to be alive with its responsibilities with tangible projects in our state.
We therefore enjoin the NDDC to go ahead and award contract for the road to a reputable firm and mobilize the contractor to site, rather than sponsor media hogwash against the government of Akwa Ibom State. However the Akwa Ibom State government will not tolerate the continuous use of the state for unnecessary political points that do our people no good. Let this road not be executed haphazardly as observed in several other roads of NDDC, especially since it is the only link way between Uyo, the state capital and Ikot Abasi, the home of the Industrial Park and Jetty project, Ibom Power Company and the Coconut Plantation and Refinery, as well as the East West Road that leads to Rivers State.
The Abak – Ikot Abasi Road is a very essential project and nothing short of a standard dual carriage-way is being desired by the people, and so if the NDDC is ready to execute the project, it should go ahead and do so without restraint as the road is fast becoming a death trap, and an eye sore for users.
The public is hereby enjoined to discountenance the said false reports from blackmail agents who are yet to come to terms with the reality that elections had since been won and lost, and that the task of building the state is a collective one.
Mr Ephraim A. Inyangeyen
Hon. Commissioner for Works
Akwa Ibom State