The massive road projects embarked upon by the Akwa Ibom state Government across the state have been described as laudable and a promise kept.
This was the assessment dropped by the Lawmaker representing Nsit Atai State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly, Hon. Mark Esset, when the state Works Commissioner, Mr Ephraim Inyangeyen led a team of Ministry officials and newsmen on an inspection tour of the 14 kilometere Airport-Okopedi road dualization project which spans through Nsit Atai to Okobo Local Government Areas.
Hon. Esset who expressed the delight of his people and their appreciation for the project, posited that, the project was a fulfillment of the campaign pledge made by Governor Emmanuel, who he said, promised during his campaign visit to Nsit Atai to dualize the road. The lawmaker commended the governor for keeping his word despite the dwindling resources of the state and current economic recession, maintaining that, Governor Emmanuel is a man of integrity who is focused and whose word is his bond.
He assured that, the people of Nsit Atai have wholeheartedly received the project and will cooperate with the contractors to deliver the project on schedule.
He praised the Works Commissioner, Mr Ephraim Inyangeyen, acknowledging his prudent management of the affairs of the Ministry and the marvelous work that is manifestly seen across the state.
on his part, the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Okobo Local Government Area, Mr Ubuo Ubuo pledged the total support of Oro nation at large and Okobo people in particular to Governor Udom Emmanuel for a second term, while expressing their joy and appreciation for the additional 10.5 kilometres, Okopedi- Oron Road, which stretches into the East west road by Uya Oron roundabout.
Mr Ubuo made the declaration when he received the team led by Commissioner Inyangeyen to inspect the progress of work on the road which he expressed satisfaction with the pace of work done.
The Okobo council helmsman debunked speculations that, Oro nation are about to revolt against the Udom Emmanuel led PDP administration in the state, arguing that, if Oro nation supported PDP in the past when they were neglected, it is unthinkable that, they will jump ship now that such unprecedented development projects are being executed in the area.
He specially commended the state Government for constructing a brand new road through what used to be a forest, which he stressed, will spark development in the area, pledging continued support of his people and the cooperation of benefiting communities with the contractor handling the project, to ensure, it is completed on time.
On his part, the Works Commissioner, Mr Ephraim inyangeyen thanked the people of Okobo very specially for not disrupting or obstructing the work, as there has never been a case of youths restiveness even when compensation was yet to be paid. He emphasized that such patriotic behaviour is unprecedented in the state and asked other communities and Local Government areas in the state to take a cue and learn from their highly commendable example.
While assuring them that, compensation will be paid to those deserving of it, Commissioner Inyangeyen disclosed that, the speed of the work on that particular Okopedi- Oron Road is due to the fact that, the road is built on uncharted terrain and virgin land without the many impediments that undermine work on existing roads in urban centres.
Inyangeyen however insisted that, the road was conceived with a plan consistent with the policy of Governor Emmanuel of networking roads.
Therefore the new road begins from an existing road and ends on an existing road by design, linking one to another.
The works commissioner said gone are the days when the people drive on a road that end on an untarred road or bad road, arguing that, this administration will place premium of linking up all existing constructed roads.