By Henshaw NYONG, Uyo.
The Senator representing Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District, Senator Ita Enang, has urged construction firm handling road construction in Ibiono Ibom, Sami Enterprises Limited, to redouble its efforts, so as to complete the project on schedule and reduce the untold hardship people plying the routes are currently experiencing.
“Please let President Jonathan has what to inaugurate in person or what he would send a representative to inaugurate (in 2015). It would be in the interest of this community to have a flag that reads this road was inaugurated by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan”, said Enang.
However, the road construction the Senator was referring to is a NDDC project awarded by the Federal Government, handled by a construction firm, Sami Enterprises Limited.
The reporter scooped that the 16km road which span across at least 24 villages in Ibiono Ibom, commenced in April 2013.
Further findings reveal that the road construction starts from Ididep Odoro, where the Senator hails from, and passes through Ikot Edok. Also, Ikot Obong, Use Ikot Oku, Ididep Usuk, Ntan Mbat and Ikot Ekwere, are some of the villages in Ibiono Ibom which are also beneficiaries of the Federal Government benevolence and Senator Enang says he will continue to tarry until the roads are finished before 2015.
Senator Ita Enang who defiled Wednesday heavy rainfall, however had an on-the-spot assessment of the job, enthusing that the project was embarked upon to ensuring that dividends of democracy trickled down the rural areas.
He informed indigenes of the communities of his determination to ensuring that more projects are attracted to the entire Uyo Senatorial District to enable them eke out decent living.
Indigenes of the communities who are direct beneficiaries of the road work, thronged out in their large numbers to receive their Senator.
Earlier in his coutryhome, the parliamentarian had assuaged on the lingering melee between the villagers and the construction company which bothered on non payment of compensation, failure to employ natives of the communities and alleged shoddy job.
But, Engineer Philip Bouveri, the Project Manager, Sami Enterprises said funds for compensation were hitherto not released from the NDDC and promised to make do as soon as the commission pays same.
While noting that his company has employed a good number of the community, Bouveri requested skilled workers who hail from the area to fill vacant positions in Sami.
Enang who commended the company for quality job, appealed for calm and understanding while waiting for compensation from government.
Those who spoke at the event included, the Chapter Chairman, PDP, Ibiono Ibom, Mr. Aniekan Ntia, Acting Village Head of Ikot Ekwere, Obong Etetim Ndarake Akpan, President General, IWADU, Pastor Joseph Udoh amongst others.
The peace talks was however attended by a cross section of past and present political office holders, village heads, title chiefs, youth as well as women.