Ephraim Inyang-Eyen Defends Road Projects Earmarked For 2020 ...Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Road To Be Commissioned December
The commissioner for works, Akparawa Ephraim Inyang-eyen has appeared before the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation to defend the 2020 Capital Estimate for the Ministry of Works.
The defence took place Thursday, August 8, 2019 at the Conference Room of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Udo Udoma Avenue, Uyo.
According to the commissioner for works, in 2020, the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel will be focused on completing ongoing mega road construction among other roads intervention.
He said topmost in government’s plan will be to fully complete Uyo Ikot Ekpene Road.
Inyang-eyen said although the road is in an advanced stage of completion, the state governor, Mr Emmanuel, had directed that the road be completed and commissioned by December 2019.
He explained that it is the plan of the state government to move the road beyond the terminal point found in the design which is at Four Points by Sheraton, Ikot Ekpene main city centre.
He noted that during his routine inspection it was discovered that the road should be taken at 600 metres right to the roundabout.
The commissioner added, “If we stop it at the park, the road will not be beautiful. We will discharge the road to the roundabout and expand the roundabout so that we do not experience chaos.
“We will take the four-storey building out. I wish to also use this opportunity to mention that the much talked about building housing Food Affairs was not pulled down without payment. The payment was done in his premises. He actually felt that there should be long discussion about compensation as it used to be. But if he still has problem, he should write to the valuer. We pay what the valuer ask us to pay,” he added.
The Commissioner pointed out that since the design of that road which Udom Emmanuel’s administration inherited did not include drainage, in the 2020 budget estimate, to forestall floods ravaging communities around the road, his ministry has made provision for drainage system along the 25 Kilometers dualized Uyo - Ikot Ekpene Road.
For Etinan Ndon Eyo Road, the commissioner noted that the road is currently at 85 percent completion. He said what holds it from completion is the two bridges at Etinan and Onna.
Inyang-eyen pointed out that work is ongoing at an advanced stage in Etinan Bridge and with proper funding, the road can be commissioned by May 2020.
Commenting about the portion left on Eket- Ibeno Road, he said about a week to the commissioning, they had discovered that it has a large clay deposit and going ahead to rush its completion may not augur well for the durability of the road.
He offered insight to the fact that in 2020 budget estimate, plan is in place to build a bridge across the portion hence ensure the road is durable.
Other roads the commissioner mentioned will receive attention in the 2020 budget estimates are Ikot Oku Ikono flyover, 36.4 Atan Offot Road with adjoining streets and underground drainage, Etinan -Eket which he said was inherited at five percent and now at 40 percent, Etebi Ewang Road which he said was inherited at 30 percent but now at 70 per cent excluding the bridge.
Inyang-eyen said since topmost on the list of state government project is Ibom Deep Seaport, the Works Ministry has included the construction of Super Highway which cuts across Eket, Esit Eket and Mbo and others in the 2020 budget estimate so as to support the Ibom Deep Seaport project.
The commissioner mentioned that since road network does not exist at all in Uruan Local Government Area, special attention will be given to opening up the area.
The commissioner solicited the cooperation of the committee and the House of Assembly in the funding of various ongoing road projects across the state thus enhancing the successes of the completion agenda of the administration.
Responding, the Chairman of the House of Assembly’s Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Mr Uduak Odudoh noted that the essence of the appraisal is for Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly to partner with Ministry of Economic Development to take informed decision on 2020 budget.
He said it is the desire of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly to partner with the Executive to ensure that the state has a rich and impacting budget that will be passed into law early.
Odudoh commended the competence of the Works Commissioner in driving road project execution and assured that the committee, and by extension the House of Assembly will readily support the government in its completion agenda programme.
The committee chairman applauded Governor Udom Emmanuel over what he described as “superb road sector performances” as x-rayed by Inyang-eyen.
Odudoh, was quick to recognize the competence of Inyang-Eyen in driving road project execution and assured that the Committee, nay the Assembly will readily support the government in its completion agenda programme.
Another member of the Committee, Mr Godwin Ekpo, reacting to the overview made by the Works Commissioner, Akparawa Inyang-eyen, passed a vote of confidence on him and described him as a valuable asset in the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel.
Members of the committee at the event were Mr Udeme Otong (Abak), Mr Godwin Ekpo (Ibiono Ibom), Mr Uduak Odudoh (Ikot Abasi/Eastern Obolo - chairman), Mr Effiong Bassey (Oron/Udung Uko), Mr Otobong Bob (Nsit Ubium), Mr Victor Ekwere (Mkpat Enin), and Mr Asuquo Nana ( Ikono)