Henshaw NYONG in Uyo.
AKWA Ibom State government has said it would not tolerate any further sabotage by the youth of Oruk Anam to cause delay on the ongoing construction of the 18.95km Ikot Ibritam – Ekeffe – Ikot Akpan Afaha Road in Oruk Anam and Ukanafun Local Government Areas by Almajdal Limited.
The State Commissioner for Works, Mr. Ephraim Akparawa Inyang-Eyen, handed down the warning on Thursday, when he inspected the project, said, the youth and stakeholders of the area, instead of securing the contractors, they were allegedly kidnapping and killing them.
“I think Akwa Ibom people deserve to know the truth about this road. What is delaying this road is the artificial rain to sabotage the work and the security lapses created by the youth of Oruk Anam”, the Commissioner spilled the beans.
He added: “The contractors handling this project are at risk. In the course of doing this road, two soldiers protecting them were killed, the project manager was kidnapped and just yesterday, the civilian Chief Security of this company (Almajdal), Mr Emmanuel Thompson was killed. So, let Akwa Ibom people know that instead of the youth and stakeholders of Oruk Anam to secure the contractors and their equipment so that this project which the governor flagged-off in 2016 can be completed, they are sabotaging the process”.
Inyang-Eyen divulged that, out of the total 18.95Km of the project, “what is left is less than 4km that drainage is yet to get to”.
Stressing that what the State governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel needed was not vituperation and diatribe on the social media by fault-finders, the Works boss reminded that, “there were previous governments in Akwa Ibom that never constructed a metre of road in Oruk Anam”.
Hear him: “This is a federal road that has been on the federal budget for over forty (40) years and nothing was done. But His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel has decided to open up this area for economic growth, something others who had more money refused to do, and what he (Udom) can get is insult on facebook. It’s pathetic”.
Meanwhile, the construction company has assured that with the cooperation of the youth of the area as well as good weather condition, the 18.95km project would be completed before the end of second quarter of next year.