Akwa Ibom State Government has been implored to take urgent measures to fund Construction Companies handling Road Constructions in the State to save them from redundancy.
Making the appeal during the inaugural meeting of the proposed Amalgamated Labour Union of Construction Companies Workers (AMLUC)/Host Communities of construction companies in Uyo, on Saturday, October 10, President of the group, Engr. Victor Matthew disclosed that a whopping four hundred workers from private construction companies in the State were seriously affected during the pandemic, with complaints on resumption from the lockdown that the state government was yet to fund the contracts awarded them.
“After the global pandemic, we are still struggling to make ends meet resulting from the hardship occasioned by the COVID – 19 lockdown”, he said, adding that “one of the biggest construction giants in the state has dropped sixty workers”, while another batch of sixty workers will be the dropped the following week.
“We are appealing to our adorable and God-fearing Governor to address the problem of funding which is posing a serious threat to thousands of Akwa Ibomites working in different construction companies in the state”, he pleaded.
He noted that aside from the fact that many staff will be dropped, the challenge of abandoned projects across the oil-rich state will not speak well of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration.
Speaking further, he thanked the Governor for awarding contracts both to indigenous and none indigenous construction companies which he noted, has so far taken the youths off the streets and put food on their table.
He also called on Governor Udom Emmanuel to urge construction giants in the state to obey the local content law by carrying their host communities along.
“We are happy for the numerous companies that emerge in governor Udom Emmanuel administration, his dakkada philosophy, and many more motivate us to continue in supporting his administration”, he said.