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A'Ibom Govt Embarks On Assessment Of Road Contracts For Completion

In view of government's resolve to actualize the Completion Agenda in road construction ahead of 2023, the commissioner for works has carried out on the spot assessment of road projects in the state where he directed contractors to forward progressive reports to enable government ascertain the requirements needed for completion. The commissioner for works and fire service, Professor Eno Ibanga, gave the directive during the first round of inspection of road projects in Ikot Ekpene, Obot Akara and Ini Local Government Area. Addressing the contractors, consultants and supervisors at the various projects sites, Ibanga explained that the order has become necessary as government was determined to know the various stages of the projects and have an update of what would be needed to  complete and commission them by the Governor Udom Emmanuel administration on or before the end of the administration expiration of this government on May 2023. He stated that within the short period he has served as works commissioner, he has seen documents reflecting the fact that government has awarded various road projects to many contractors in the state. Ibanga noted that the in spection of the projects which will cover all sites in the state was to enable the ministry to know the extent of work done so far by the contractors and what would be required to complete them within the tenure of this administration. "We had a meeting with project supervisors and told them to give updates of the projects, and before looking at the updates, let me also be on ground to see what is happening, so that by the time we have their report, we will have the total picture and then know what is required to accomplish the projects as soon as possible. Ibanga stated. The commissioner argued that although he was impressed with the quality and extent of work done by some contractors, others have fallen short of expectation upon which the ministry would look at the various contract sum, how much has been disbursed and the extent of work done so far. Ibanga maintained that since government will insist on putting funds where the value would be obtained, any contractor that will fail to show commensurate level of success in job execution will be sanctioned. "At Ring Road 3 work is in progress. At Ekom Iman Junction, I have told the contractor that the project will be commissioned on May 29. At the Uyo / Ikot Ekpene Road, the contractor, Julius Bergger Plc. told the commissioner that the company was waiting for government's action to enable them to open up outfall drain along Spring Road and also remove structures on the right of way to link up the major road to plaza At Ikot Ekpene /Uyo Road where JP Sigma is constructing a 10.6 km road to Abak 10, the project consultant told the commissioner that 45 percent of the job had been completed Ibanga directed the company to carry out proper testing and excavation of the top soil before application of laterite. At the 110 metrea span bridge along Idoro Ikpe / Ikot Noon/ Arochukwu Road handled by Peculiar Ultimate Consance Ltd, the commissioner told the project supervisor to ensure that the real is executed according to specification. At the 32.7 km Obot Mme/ Ikpanya Road awarded to HENSEK Integrated Services, the commissioner told the project manager to furnish the ministry with detail of the contract. At Abak Ifia/Ikpe Mbak Eyop 4.2 km road in Obot Akara, the contractor told the commissioner that work had been completed on 2km while the remaining 2.2 km was still in progress and appeal for government action to complete the project. The contractor handling the construction of 6.36 km road at Ikpe Mbak Eyop, said work had been completed on the drains and that the only thing left was the asphalting. At Nto Edino/Ekwerazu 6.4 km road project, the contractor, Seyang Engineering Services said 98 percent of work had been done stressing that the remaining two percent was the final cotting of the asphalt. At the Ikot Ide/ Ikot Amba Road, Seyang said pilling had been completed on the 60 metres bridge but needed the contract to be ravalidated due to COVID- 19 effect on the cost of items. The commissioner told the contractor handling the construction of 6.3 Amayam Community/ Health Centre in Ikot Ekpene to step up the progress of work done on the projects and furnish him with details of the changes made due to the construction of the adjourning street by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). 

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