William EFFIONG (Propellerng.com)
Members of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly committee on works and transport have expressed satisfaction with the quality and pace of work at the new site of the state’s owned transport company (AKTC) located at Itam.
Chairman of the committee, Idongesit Ituen, gave this position on Friday after leading lawmakers on inspection of the new park, in continuation of his committee’s oversight functions.
Some of the sections of the park inspected include the booking office, short and long distance points, canteen, staff offices, workshop and maintenance, and others.
Ituen said it was necessary for the works committee to undertake the inspection, as it had done in other project sites in the state, because the park is meant to touch lives of the people.
He said: “We came here to ascertain the level of work done because we are of the opinion that the abattoir will soon be put to use and we also knew that there was an understanding between government and Nsik Motors, the operators of AKTC.
“Since this facility is going to be different from the one they are using presently, we came to quicken the action and since it is about Akwa Ibom people; it is our duty to ensure that everybody involved in this process will come together and make sure that in six or seven months time the park can start working”.
“We are satisfied with the level of work done. It is a wonderful thing for a private person to do this.
Reacting to the request made by Mr Nsikak Johnny, the director of AKTC, on the need for government to issue the premises to his private company, Nsik Motors Limited, for further management, Ituen said his committee will liaise with relevant government agencies to ensure that operations commence in the park as soon as possible.
“We are going to call on the ministry of of lands and the ministry of transport, we will at all the documents involved and then we will look at what we should do as a government to make sure that the project is working”, he said.
While conducting the lawmakers round the facility earlier, the director of AKTC, Mr Nsikak Johnny, who noted that the park is about seventy percent completed, assured that it will be ready for use in six months time when everything needed to make it work are put in place.
Johnny said his company has spent about N380 million so far in the building of the new park, adding that it still needs to inject over N1 billion into the park to put it up to standard.
He said, “we wrote to His Excellency (the governor) that we are willing to continue to pay the thirteen million plus we’ve been paying, what we want the the government to do for us is to give Nsik Motors Limited the C of O for this land.
“If we have the C of O now, we have banks that are willing to give us the N1 billion remaining to complete this project. If government gives us the C of O, we won’t need any other thing from the government, we will continue to pay what we’ve been paying when we were using the old facility”.