Akwa Ibom State Government has solicited for effective partnership with the State Police Command as all is set to commence the Ibrahim Babandiga Avenue and environs flood project.
The Commissioner for Environment and Petroleum Resources, Sir Charles Udoh stated this on Tuesday, October 6, while on a courtesy visit to the Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Amiengheme Andrew at Ikot Akpan Abia, Uyo.
Intimating the Commissioner of Police about the IBB Avenue flood project which he said is set to kick start, he appealed for partnership with the Force to ensure that the contractors are protected, secured and defended and that the project goes seamlessly throughout the duration of work.
The Environment boss noted that there were some eateries in the State which do not meet with sanitary conditions, with some of them inhabiting gully erosion sites prone to flood. He called on the police to partner with the Ministry for strict compliance.
Sir Udoh hinted that there were two major erosion projects ongoing in the State and thanked the police for the support given to the contractors to accomplish the task.
He called on illegal oil companies operating in the State and depriving it of its due revenue to desist from such, while calling for collaboration with the Police to fish them out and bring them to book so as to remit what is due the government.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Amiengheme Andrew thanked Sir Charles Udoh for the visit and reiterated his commitment to maintain peace, protect lives and property and to make sure that Akwa Ibom people can sleep with their two eyes closed.
He called on people of the State to cooperate with the police to achieve maximum results and appreciated the State Government intervention on erosion and flood related issues in the State.
The CP called on the State Government to resolve the lingering crisis between lPMAN and other branch of independent petroleum marketers in the State, while urging the Commissioner to alert him of any area where a threat is suspected to enable his men act immediately.
He also advised the Chinese contractors not to stray in their dealings or go on personal activities or programmes without a security escort throughout their duration of stay.
High point of the visit was the presentation of the latest edition of Impact magazine to the Commissioner of Police.
In the Commissioner’s entourage were the Director, Petroleum Resources, Engr. Emmanuel Inyang and Director, Climate Change and Awareness, Mrs Ini Umoh.