- Akwa Ibom state is witnessing massive infrastructural facelift
- This is evidenced in the number of road projects ongoing in the state at the same time
- Governor Udom Emmanuel has taken time to embark on an inspection visit to the projects recently
Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has vowed to complete all major infrastructural projects in the state before leaving office.
Specifically, the governor promised to complete for public use, the Ikot Oku Ikono flyover by May 2021, a move he believes, will grant commuters more stress-free access to the state capital, Uyo, from neighbouring local government areas.
According to a statement sent to Legit.ng by the Akwa Ibom state government, the governor who gave the assurance while inspecting the pace of work at the project site on Wednesday, January 27 assured of timely completion of the project by the contractor.
He, however, decried paucity of funds and lack of support from national agencies in the infrastructural development of the state.
“We've not seen anything from the organs that should be expected to come to our aid so we have to squeeze water out of the rock to make sure we give ourselves infrastructural development.”
Meanwhile, the governor also projected that the ongoing 9.5km ring road III project in Uyo which transverses three major economic routes namely Aka-Nung Udoe road, Oron road, and Nwaniba road will further boost the state economy.
He made this disclosure while paying an unscheduled visit to the project site, currently under construction by an indigenous contractor on Tuesday, January
According to him, the dual carriage project will open the frontiers of investment in the state, enhance free flow of traffic, and assist in deflooding several communities within and around Uyo metropolis.
Recall that Governor Emmanuel recently announced bold initiatives to jump-start the post-COVID economy of the state in the first quarter of 2021.
The initiatives include efforts to revamp the state education sector, massive investment in infrastructure, further investments in the health sector, and additional support for agriculture and security.
In a related development, Governor Emmanuel has fulfilled a key part of his campaign promise to ensure the completion of the Ibom Deep Seaport project before the end of his administration as evidenced by the securing of the final approval for commencement of the project.
The approval of the project by the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, signalled the completion of a series of approvals for the prime A¹ project which has outlasted two previous administrations.