Nelson Mandela Road Repair Excites Inhabitants

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…says he deserves a third term in office

The rapid intervention of the state government on Nelson Mandela road has prompted citizens living within the area to pour encomiums on Governor Udom Emmanuel and his working team.

A citizen of the area, Elder Enefiok Ikot who spoke with newsmen on Monday, February 3, when the Akwa Ibom Roads and other Infrastructure Maintenance Agency (AKROIMA) undertook an inspection of the road being repaired, said that the Governor deserves a third term in office. This according to Elder Enefiok, is to allow the Governor more time to complete his good wishes for people of the state.

An automobile engineer who spoke on anonymity was of the opinion that the road would again spur traffic, adding that it had been avoided for a long while due to its deplorable condition.

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Also expressing happiness at the new look of the Nelson Mandela road was the Ward 8, West Itam 2 Councilor, Hon. Otobong Ekong who said that the repair was an evidence of the AKROIMA’s workability, adding that it was a proof that the Agency is not a scam as some aver.

Earlier, the Chairman, AKROIMA, Akparawa Godwin Ntukude had during the inspection told newsmen that the ongoing repair of the Nelson Mandela road down to Ebong Essien, will extend to Udoette and subsequently, Urua Ekpa.

He maintained that the weight of the repairs were not surficial but thick and having an Asphalt hotness of not less than 80 degree Celsius to make the roads last longer, adding that it would not call for another intervention.

While assuring the people of the Governor’s care for them irrespective of their political affiliation and tribe, Ntukude charged that with their support and encouragement, more would be done to ensure the equitable distribution of infrastructural projects for all.

Ntukude who was keen on expressing gratitude quoted the State Governor as saying that ingratitude is a sin.

“The governor has mandated us to go the suburbans end ensure that every deplorable road is fixed and made motorable. This is the reason we are here”, he said, adding that the Governor’s words can be taken to the bank. For this reason, he stressed that the efforts of the Governor were to be appreciated.

In his response, the Chairman, Itu Local Government Area, Mr. Etetim Onuk thanked the Governor and the AKROIMA for helping to renew the face of Nelson Mandela road.

Expressing happiness that the road was being revived in his administration, Onuk explained that the road had been in a state of despair for years thus, causing it to be abandoned like a plague.

He called on his people to keep faith with the government, adding that any government which promises and fulfils and gives dividends of democracy to its people is worth being followed.