…Orders Evacuation of Obstacles on Airport Road Project
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno, has embarked on tour of projects and facilities owned by the state government to identify and ascertain the state of the projects in order to align them with his A.R.I.S.E agenda vision.
He has also ordered that buildings that compensation have been paid for, along the Airport road expansion project sites, should be immediately demolished.
The Governor was speaking while interacting with Government House Correspondents during his inspection of the 21 Storey Smart Building and other projects in Uyo, the state capital.
He acknowledged that having assumed duty, he considered it expedient to inspect government facilities and projects after studying the handing over notes to enable him ascertain the state of the facilities and chart a way forward for the realization of the blueprint of his administration.
“Naturally when you assume office you want to see facilities that we have invested and see how to align the facilities with the vision that we currently have, so you have to inspect those facilities especially the roads that are ongoing projects, we want to ensure that we complete the roads to allow for continuity .
“We won’t abandon any project. We have read the handing over notes, so let’s see what is on ground and marry it with what we read”, he declared.
The Governor who was accompanied by his Deputy, Dr Akon Eyakenyi, Secretary to the State Government, Prince Enobong Uwah, visited the Administrative Block in Government House, Uyo, The Ibom E- Library along IBB Avenue, Uyo ; Wet And Dry Park at Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Center ; On-going Road Expansion Project along Airport Road, Uyo.
Other places visited were the Nsit Atai-Okobo Road project ; One Thousand Capacity Hotel at the Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Center and 21 Storey Smart Building at Banking Layout, Uyo.
During his stop over at the E- Library, IBB Avenue, Governor Eno acknowledged the importance of Information And Communication Technology, ICT, saying that the facility would be upgraded to enable it serve the purpose for which it was established.
Inspecting the Airport road expansion project, Governor Eno ordered the immediate demolition of structures duly evaluated and compensated that occupy the right of way on the Airport road expansion project.
He directed the permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Engr. John Itiat, to liaise with the management of Uyo Capital City Development Authority, UCCDA, to ensure that illegal structures are demolished.
“For all of the places that Government have paid compensation, I am instructing here and now that those structures be demolished tomorrow. We have paid compensations for those buildings and we have the evidence of the payments.
“Government is a continuum and there is no need for anyone to take advantage, thinking that one government is gone and they can illegally reclaim those places. We are in a new government and no one should test our resolve to get things done”, he warned.
Governor Umo Eno also inspected the Nsit Atai-Okobo road project where he directed the contracting firm to redouble efforts towards completing the project to facilitate the ease of movement in the axis especially as the rains approaches.
The Governor was accompanied during the tour by his Deputy, Dr Akon Eyakenyi, Secretary to the state government, Prince Enobong Uwah, Head of Civil Service, Elder Effiong Essien, among others.