Governor Udom Emmanuel has reassured Akwa Ibom that in keeping with his campaign promises he would leave the state far better than what he met when he took over from Godswill Akpabio in 2015.
He spoke through the state Commissioner for Works Mr Ephraim Inyang-Eyen on Saturday who led officials of the ministry on inspection tour of projects being executed by the state government.
According to the commissioner when the governor completes his tenure in 2023 he would be remembered as a leader who fulfilled all his campaign promises to his people.
Some of the projects inspected included, the 19.8Km Uyo-Etinan road as well as the 25km Uyo- Ikot Ekpene highway, handled by the construction giants, Julius Berger.
Speaking on the construction of Etinan roundabout, Inyang-Eyen recalled that, ” as a student in 1979 to 1982, Etinan local government area had not changed until Governor Emmanuel took his transformation drive to the once neglected area”.
On the 25km Uyo – Ikot Ekpene Highway, Inyang-Eyen, stated the governor has shown commitment to completing the road.
“This is the road that the former governor said he had completed and commissioned but today for the first time, we are less than one kilometer away from the 4 Point by Sheraton. This is the first time one could access this area for so many years now”, he said.
“We have taken down this burial ground and I can assure that with another 800 metres, we will arrive at popular 4 Point by Sheraton.
“We will get to the end point before the end of Governor Emmanuel’s first term on May 29 this year. The total road may not be done, but we will definitely have access to the end point.”
On some of intervention projects and major contracts where contractors have shown lackadaisical attitude, Commissioner Inyang-Eyen announced that State government will cancel those projects and re-award them.
“We are at the process of re-awarding Airport – Okopedi road that we gave to Aquatic Construction Company because the governor is determined to give to our people something they will remember him for, and that is absolute and perfect development of all the nooks and crannies of Akwa Ibom state”