A 55.1 kilometre super highway road project between Esit-Eket and Ibeno that would traverse through the forest to Uya-Oron in Oron local government area is to commence soon.
The disclosure was made Tuesday, by the Commissioner for Works, Mr. Ephraim Inyang-Eyen, during the official launch of Akwa Ibom state Ministry of Works website at the conference room of the ministry.
He explained that the project which is the first of its kind in the state is meant to enable the people of the state and investors alike to have access to the sea shore where the Ibom deep Seaport project is to be sited.
Mr. Ephraim Inyang also hinted that government has reactivated the Event Ewang bridge/road project, as it has ordered the contractor to return to site for the purpose of completing the project.
The Commissioner told news men that the super highway road infrastructure project which has received the nod of Governor Udom Emmanuel is to be funded through an alternative funding model. Under the arrangement, according to the Commissioner, the contractors will bring their money and fund the project, while the state pays the contractor after a period 13 months.
He listed some of the new nine key road projects recently approved for construction by the state government to include, 3.5 kilometer Ring road 2, and ring road 3, while ring road 4 has been put on hold to allow for the completion of the other two ring roads before it could be considered. Ring road 2 will link, Abak road through Aka-NungUdoe and would traverse Oron road to Nwaniba. Other road projects that has been approved for construction include, 5 kilometer-Jetty road in Okobo with a spur at the fish market in Atabong. Also, Annua-fish market, Ikot Ebekpor-Ikot Ebidang road(In Uyo, Uruan and Onna) has been awarded.
Other road intervention projects recently approved include, Ette junction road to Abak, 4 kilometer internal roads in Obong University, Obong-ntak, Etim Ekpo, remodelling of Utu Etim Ekpo round about in Etim-Ekpo, construction of Ikot Ada idem -FULGA-Ediene Ikot Obio Imo road in Ibiono Ibom.
In fulfillment of the promise he made to the people of Nsit- Ubium while reacting to a request by the representative of the area in the legislature, and Speaker of the House of Assembly, Barr. Onofiok Luke during a reception rally held in honor of the Governor and the Speaker, the Works Commissioner announced that Governor Udom has awarded contract for the construction of 13 km -Ukat Aran-Obio- Ubium -Ikot Ubo road with a spur at Edem Idim Okpot with 2 Nos bridge.
The government has also included the construction of a 4km Mbiatok-Ekit Itam -Mbiaya Uruan road, 12km, Ikot Akpan Abia -Oboyo Ikot Ita-Eta Eren Nsit road in Nsit Ibom in the list of new road projects to be executed.
The official launch of the ministry’s website provides a window to the world the development strides of governor Udom Emmanuel in the area of roads infrastructure.
Mr. Ephraim Inyang said some road projects undertaken by the government will be commissioned in May this year. He announced that the Ikot Udom road in Ibiono Ibom will be linked to Use-ikot Amama road and Calabar itu road.
Present during the briefing was the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Effiong Essien, Director, Civil Engineering, Engr. Mfon Abia.