The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang has revealed that he is the one building roads in Senator Anietie Okon’s village .
Sen Okon who was the former Senator representing Uyo Senatorial District is from Mbiatok Itam in Itu local government area of Akwa Ibom state.
Enang gave the revelation on Monday while inspecting the project in Ibiono local government area of Akwa Ibom state.
He said the road construction that passes through Sen Okon’s village would help farmers easy access to their farmlands.
Enang said the project begins from Calabar Itu highway, cuts across Ikot Ekpud, Ikot Antia, Ikot Akpan Obong, Ikot Odiong, Ikot Idang, Mkpabang, Mbiabang, Akpatok Itam, Uyo Itam, Mbiatok Itam, ends at Mbiaya Uruan.
The SSA to the president said this became necessary given the agricultural activities as well as other allied agribusinesses the area is known for.
He said that the intervention was one of the ecological projects of the Federal Government with the total sum of 6.1 billion naira.
Enang said that 9.12km has been completed alongside four bridges and some culverts , assuring that the remaining 12.88km would be completed before May ending of next year.
He said though there were some level of misunderstanding with the communities involved, diplomacy was employed and compensation would be duely paid to persons whose properties were on the right of way.
“This is an ecological project, it is part of President Muhammadu Buhari strategies of reactivating the economy for food sufficiency.
“My office is working across the Niger Delta to achieve the same goal and also revitalize other abandoned projects”, he said.
The village head of Ikot Antia, Obong Edem Asuquo commended the President for opening up the area for more agricultural activities.
He appealed to federal government to compensate the villagers whose properties were marked and would be demolished.
The community leader of Ikot Antia, Mr Usen Iba, who expressed satisfaction for the project, assured the federal government of the community’s cooperation for the execution of the project.