The Akwa Ibom State Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the immediate past Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Obong Nsima Ekere, has announced that he executed 16 projects in Eket Local Government Area within two years of his tenure as NDDC’s MD.
Ekere who announced this while addressing an APC campaign rally in Eket on Saturday, February 9, said that 13 of those projects were completed while three were ongoing when he resigned as the NDDC boss last month.
He enumerated the completed projects to include the emergency road repairs of Idua Road, Udofa Avenue and Udofia Street, construction of Nduo-Eduo – Ikot Akpo Enang Road (Phase 1), river clearing for flood control in Ekpene/Obuk Afaha Eket as well as emergency repairs of Edohoeket Street, Afaha Ukwa Road, Enen Ekpene Street, Market Road/Park Road, RCC Road, Etebi Street and Akanimo Street.
Also completed are renovation works and construction of classroom blocks at Government Primary School, Afaha Eket; Government Primary School, Ikot Okudom and Girls High School, Ikot Ibiok; while work was ongoing on the construction of Iko Ekwa – Ikot Ibiok – Afaha Atai Road and emergency road repairs of Helen Esuene Street and environs as well as Edok Street/Edok Lane when he resigned from office.
Ekere criticised the State Government’s failed urban renewal programme, the demolition of the two major markets without replacement and the substandard construction work at the Eket Stadium which has not been completed after more than three years.
He particularly condemned the Udom Emmanuel-led government for failing to complete the popular Atabong Road after three and a half years.
“I was in NDDC for two years and I did 16 projects in Eket. What I’m saying is that you don’t need four years to complete a project. Atabong Road is less than one kilometre and Udom cannot complete it in four years. If Nsima was not there, would Eket have roads? Why can’t Udom complete Atabong Road, which is less than one kilometre, in four years,” he said.
Ekere also noted that the Eket Stadium under construction by the State Government in the last three years, was already suffering structural defects and promised to demolish and build a new one when he becomes Governor.
“After my inauguration on May 29, 2019, I will send bulldozers to break down that rubbish and send a world-class contractor to build a new one. There is a lot of structural cracks which makes the place unsafe even when uncompleted. I will build a new stadium because you deserve the best, not second class. We will correct all the mistakes they have made and ensure that Eket gets back to its rightful position,’ he said.
Speaking at the event, the Deputy Adviser of the APC Campaign Council, Senator John Udoedehe had declared: “this is finished, Nsima is the next Governor.”