By Osondu Ahirika
Indigenous contractors fail whenever they are not given a free hand to execute contracts awarded to them, the Honourable Commissioner for Works, Akwa Ibom State, Mr Ephraim Inyang has revealed.
Commissioner Inyangeyen made the observation while expressing satisfaction with the quality and pace of work done when he led a team of Ministry officials and newsmen to inspect ongoing roads project.
According to the Works Commissioner , who was elated at the construction of 14.1km Odoro Ikpe – Ikpe Ikon Nkon-Arochukwu road in Ini Local Government Area with 10m span bridge by Peculiar Ultimate Limited, which has reached advanced stage of completion, indigenous contractors in addition to doing business also show commitment because they are stakeholders in the community, State and nation. Mr Inyangeyen lauded Peculiar Ultimate limited for working on schedule and demonstrating that the alternative funding approach, whereby the construction company sources it’s own funds to execute the project while the state pays on convenience is workable.
He expressed delight that Governor Udom Emmanuel will be impressed when he visits the area to inspect the road project which he promised Ini people.
Commissioner Inyangeyen also commended the quality of work done when he inspected the 6.4km Nto Edino – Ekwerre Azu road with two span 45m bridge in Obot Akara handled by another indigenous company, Seyang Construction limited, as well as the Nung Ukim Ikono road which is nearing completion, with Hensek Nigeria limited as the company in charge of the project.
Commissioner Inyangeyen passed a vote of confidence in the indigenous contractors, insisting that, they have so far justified the confidence reposed on them by Governor Udom Emmanuel who pledged to give them a chance. On why the indigenous contractors are currently succeeding against all odds, Commissioner Inyangeyen explained that, the indigenous contractors are given free hand and no demands or encumbrance, except the insistence on maintaining the specifications and standard which he argued will not compromised. The Works Commissioner, disclosed that these roads are expected to be commissioned on May 29, 2017 by Governor Udom Emmanuel for the people to use.
Speaking to newsmen on why indigenous contractors were doing well, the Managing Director of Seyang Construction Limited, Engr. Samuel Inyang said that, the indigenous contractors were not given opportunities and a level playing field to compete with their foreign counterparts in the past.
Engr. Inyang argues that no matter how good a player may be, if the coach puts him on the bench, there is no way he can either showcase his talent or improve. He therefore thanked Governor Emmanuel for the opportunity he has accorded them to prove their mettle, maintaining that, when they conclude their respective jobs, the federal government and other states will be inviting them to build major roads and other infrastructure in Abuja and elsewhere.
At every juncture, jubilant crowd of locals comprising women, youths and elders thronged the commissioners trail, singing praises and dancing while thanking Governor Udom Emmanuel for remembering their long neglected communities.
The village head elect of Nto, Edino Etteidung Jacob Imoh who said his community has been neglected over the years, thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel on behalf of his people for the road project which he said has opened up their community for commerce and linked them to their neighbours in Abia state. He assured that the people are waiting on the wings to repay Governor Emmanuel by voting him for a second term in office come 2019.