Oron Agog as Gov. Emmanuel Inaugurates more Roads in LGA

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Oron Agog as Gov. Emmanuel Inaugurates more Roads in LGA

. . .says new reconstructed roads will enhance economic activities in the area.

Evelyn-A. Ibanga

“To say the truth, these roads used to be very bad. Sometimes when it rains, we could not even go out to carry passengers because of erosion. We are particularly grateful to the Governor for the erosion control system which has enabled us carry out our economic activities even during heavy rainfall.

“No more flooding which used to create a lot of difficulties for our people and on few occasions, cost lives. The roads are beautiful and we love them”.

Those were the words of Effiong Isangedighi, a commercial motor cyclist who operates his business in Oron urban. In an ecstatic mood, he bared his mind in a brief interview shortly after Governor Udom Emmanuel representatively inaugurated four reconstructed roads, measuring 5.1km with a 2km Outfall Drain in Oron.

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Interestingly, Isangedighi is not the only person who felt this way, among those who shared the same sentiments with him included the Clan Head of Idua, HRH Etenyin Edet Ekeng, who had this to say in his goodwill message during the event:

“Before now, we had no government presence here but we kept faith and believed that one day, we would be remembered. Today, you have given us that sense of belonging and we are very appreciative of your developmental strides in Oron”.

He went on to appreciate the Governor for ensuring that seafood traders as well as residents can now carry out their businesses with ease through the new roads, which were previously in a pitiable state.

In the same vein, the Senator representing Eket Senatorial district, who hails from the area, Dr. Akon Eyakenyi, described the Governor as a friend and brother to Oro nation, while commending him for constructing what she termed “beautiful solid roads” in Oron, in fulfilment of his promises to them.

She added, “Before you came on board, we had lost our children, people and homes. When God brought you, you immediately intervened. Sir, Oron people are happy with you, you can see the crowd that came out to welcome you”.

The Senator, however, requested for more of government’s presence marked by similar development projects in Oron before the end of the administration.

Another icing on the cake came from the President General of Oron Union, Bishop Etim Ante, who emphasized that his appreciation to the Governor was especially, for the high quality of the roads project.

Ante also said, “It may interest His Excellency to know that Oron road has been in deplorable condition for decades. For you to come and give us these quality roads, Oron people say, thank you”.

Setting the tone for the event, the Commissioner for Works and Fire Service, Prof. Eno Ibanga, whose Ministry supervised the projects, noted that the roads are part of the campaign promises of Governor Emmanuel’s administration towards infrastructure renaissance in the state.

Prof. Ibanga pointed out that one of the roads inaugurated, Oron Road, in Idua, used to measure 7.3metres but has been expanded to 11metres with side drains.

The Commissioner acknowledged the contributions and support of every stakeholder, including the youths, in Oron during the course of the construction, noting that the people were appreciative of the Governor’s magnanimity.

Meanwhile, Governor Emmanuel was in a joyous mood as he declared that he was in Oron to renew his social contract with the people, stressing that his administration will fulfill all promises before the end of the tenure.

Governor Emmanuel commended the Clan Head, youths and women for cooperating with the contracting firm to ensure the roads were completed without disruption, expressing hope that similar support would be extended to contractors in future projects.

He promised to make another visit to Oron in the nearest future, to initiate another major development project in the area, while directing the renovation of a residential building located in the vicinity of the venue for the inauguration ceremony.

Still in high spirits, he announced that a private sector headed by an accomplished Akwa Ibom son, Mr. Charles Udonwa, has expressed readiness to partner the state to commence ferry services from Oron to Calabar, pledging government support to the venture, especially in terms of security in the waterways.

The Governor used the occasion to debunk speculations in the social media that he was set to cross over to another political party, describing the rumours as unfounded and emphasized that he was a steadfast PDP member with no intentions for defection.

The Governor went round inspecting the roads earmarked for the inauguration: Murtala Mohammed Road, Custom Road, Market Square Road and Outfall/Underground Drains before arriving Oron Road, in Idua, for the unveiling of plaque and cutting of tape ceremonies.