The Contractor handling the Uyo/Ikot Ekpene road project, Julius Berger has declared that the road is almost ready for use.
Speaking on Tuesday, March 10, the Contractor, through its site manager, Engr. Bakare Kehinde, said that the road was less than 25 metres to its contract limit and would soon be tied-in to the old road.
He commended the government for funding the project and the community, for their peaceful disposition and cooperation towards the construction of the road.
He explained further that they were making concrete arrangements for a bigger drain to channel out water coming from all ends of the roundabout to avoid flooding of nearby structures.
Engr. Kehinde was speaking when a joint team of engineers from Bureau of Technical Matters and Due Process of the Governor’s office, Senior Special Assistants and Special Assistants to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Projects Monitoring, undertook an inspection of the Uyo/Ikot Ekpene road and the Ikot Oku Ikono flyover project site.
The team, led by the Director of Engineering, Bureau of Technical Matters and Due Process, Engr. Macpherson Okonna, expressed satisfaction with the pace of work done at the site and concluded that the project has reached an advanced stage.
“We’re eager that the road should be opened up for public use. Our mission is to find out the challenges/scope of work for the project because we want a holistic project delivery in the end”, he said.
Speaking on the level of work done at Ikot Oku Ikono, the manager expressed that the project was 9 months gone and would be ready within the 24 months stipulated timeframe.
Responding to the deplorable state of some alternative routes to and from Ikot Oku Ikono, Bakare stated that maintenance was being carried out occasionally on affected areas to ameliorate inconveniences faced by commuters, while commending motorists for being patient and understanding with them.
In his reaction, the SSA on Project Monitoring, Mr. Godwin Williams noted that the team was pleased that the construction firm was working in tandem with government’s specifications.
“We’ll look at the award paper to know when it will be due”, he said.
The SA on Project Monitoring, Hon Jack Essien maintained that the team was working to help fulfil the Governor’s completion agenda by ensuring that projects are monitored, completed and delivered within timeframe for people’s use so that other projects can be embarked on.
Commending the Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration for the commitment shown the project, another Senior Aide, Adede Archibong urged the Contractor to ensure a judicious use of the funds allotted to the road to facilitate it’s prompt opening.
He thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel for other projects implemented in the area and noted that such developmental projects will boost economic activities in the area and the state at large.
In the team of inspectors were; Engr MacPherson Okonna FNSE, Director of Engineering Bureau of Technical Matters and Due Process, Akparawa Patrick Udofia, Adede Isidore Archibong, ObongIwad Godwin Williams (Senior Special Advisers on Project Monitoring).
Others were Mr. Jack Essien and Mr. Ettebong Uko (Special Advisers on Projects Monitoring), Rev Richard Peters, SA on Media; Engr. Michael Akpan, Engr. Emmanuel Udoh, and Mr Ubong Ukpekpe.