Commissioner For Works, Akwa Ibom State, Akparawa Ephraim Inyangeyen has dismissed reports that the 22.6km Etinan-Eket road has been abandoned.
Inyangeyen made the remarks while speaking to journalists at the end of the stakeholders meeting with contractors, consultants and engineers involved in Etinan-Eket road project at the conference room of the ministry of works, State Secretariat Annex on Thursday.
“As you can see, I just met with the people involved in this project and the project is on. The project has not been abandoned in any way. I know that our people will appreciate more the work done so far when the contractors emerge from their task in the bushes and the work progresses to an appreciable extent. The project is on I can assure you”.
Also speaking to journalists, the MD of Soni Udom and Partners, Chief Sunny Udom thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel for his leadership skills and commitment to the development of Akwa Ibom State.
Udom, an APC chieftain and former Director General of the Umana Umana Campaign Organization said his meeting with the works commissioner has given him a different impression of him from some of the negative stories in the media.
“All the stories we use to hear that Ephraim Inyang is the Umarru Dikko of this administration has been erased today. I can only rightly describe him as an engine room of the government”.
He said he was impressed with the Governor’s decision to convert an abandoned building into a state of the arts secretariat complex to meet with government’s needs.
Chief Sunny Udom also scored Governor Udom Emmanuel high on security.
“As you know I was a victim of an assassination attempt. I use to move around with policemen at great cost. I can now proudly tell you that I move around alone freely and I feel safe. The Governor has done well in that regard” he added.
The meeting was attended by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Akwa Ibom State, Dr Ifreke Ekpa, Director, Civil Engineering, Engr Mfon Abia, Director, Electrical Engineering, Engr Peter Udobang, Director, Administration, Mrs Mfonobong Ukim and other directors in the ministry.
Other persons included Dr Anietie Umana of Podyom Consultancy, Chief Sunny Udom, MD of Soni Udom and Partners, the MD of CCECC Nigeria Limited, John Zhang and others involved in the project.