Senior Special Assistant to the president on Niger Delta affairs, Senator Ita Solomon Enang has said that he has influenced not less than 70 kilometres of road projects to Akwa Ibom Communities.
He said the construction of Ididep-Ibiono road leading from Ikot Andem Ididep, Ikot Antia, Ikot Edo, Itu Atai and joining the Oko Ita Nung Udoe was now being revisited by the instruction of the president.
While supervising progress of work, Ita Enang said the 22 kilometres road project beginning from Calabar-Itu superhighway, was an Ecological Project awarded in 2013 but was halted in 2018, owing to community issues, valuation and technical details.
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He said the project funded by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the presidency was 12 metres width and with about six triple-bunk and double-bunk culverts and mini bridges for erosion control.
He said, “A lot has been done from Ididep junction to Ikot Odiong, Ikot Ekpod, Ikot Akpa Idang, Mbiakpan and Mbiabam. The essence of this project is to make local farmers have access to their farm for robust food production and to ensure food sufficiency.
“President Buhari has directed that all abandoned projects of this nature must be speedily completed. As you can see, this road begins from Calabar Itu highway through Ikot Ekpod, Ikot Akpan Obong, Ikot Akpa Idang, Ikot Essien, Mbiakpan, Mbiabam to Okpoto.
“Another one takes from Okpoto through Aka to North Itam, leading to Uyo-Itam which crosses to Mbiatok Itam, the home town of Senator Anietie Okon.
“The Road in Mbiatok Itam is done by Senator Ita Enang. It goes down to Uruan. That is the artery of this road here. The entirety of the roads which I have brought here is between 60 and 70 kilometres. Most have been completed and others still in progress.
“As SSA to the president on Niger Delta affairs, I am doing this sort of projects everywhere. I have gone to Rivers. We are in Delta. We are in Edo and the rest. This one is closer to my community and I am here to ensure its speedy completion.”
The presidential aide who thanked community leaders for their support, urged the company to be diligent and tactical so as to escape disruption by the rains and to ensure the project is completed with specifications for immediate issuance of certificate of completion.
Speaking with newsmen during the exercise, the Project Manager of the United Dominion Limited, Engr. Oluwole Alabi who stated that 9. 4 kilometres was initially completed and that there were no challenge currently, stressed that the project would be delivered by May 2021.
In their separate reactions, the Village Heads of Ikot Antia Ididep, Chief Edem Udo and Mbiabam, Chief Sylvester Okon thanked the federal government through Senator Ita Enang and the NDDC for the project. They appealed to the company to engage their youths in some aspects of the job.
Equally thanking the federal government for bringing such “a life changing project to them”, the vice president of Mboho Nkaiso Ididep, Engr. Obot Umana and Ikot Antia community leader, Bishop Usen Ibah assured the company of their cooperation.
While demanding a delivery of quality job according to specifications, they pleaded that a few houses directly affected by the project should be considered for compensation.
Credit: Joseph Atainyang