Former Accountant General of Akwa ibom State and community leader from Edemeya, in Ikot Abasi Local Government area, Obong Umanaette Udoh has posited that the people of the Council Area are seriously in want of development and not politics.
Obong Umanaette made the statement while giving his goodwill message, during the flag off of the 17.5 km Atan Ikpe – Ikot Efre, -Ikot Etenge Ndon -Ikot Okpon Inua roads with three numbers of bridges and spurs to Ikot Iyire, Ediduo and Ikot Usoide in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area by Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel.
Also speaking in his welcome address, the Executive chairman of ikot Abasi, Rt. Hon. David David, thanked Governor Emmanuel, on behalf of the people for the kind gesture of the governor.
Hon. David said the people of Ikot Abasi are solidly behind the second term quest of the governor and do not believe in, what he described as, the ill-advised ambition of their son, Mr Nsima Ekere to run against the governor in the forthcoming 2019 General Elections.
In their separate speeches, Hon. Friday Jonathan, Vice President of the Mboho Edemeya and Hon. Peace Ntuk, who is the Supervisory Councillor for Health in the council, commended the governor for remembering the Local government and keeping his campaign Pledge to them.
They prayed for a successful re-election of the governor come 2019 so that he can complete his vision and mission for the local government in particular and the state in general.
Before flagging off the road, the governor who was represented by the Honourable commissioner for Works, Mr Ephraim Inyangeyen said, the road project is a response to a cry from the people to the State government to come to their aid as they have no access roads to the council headquarters, but have to travel through other local government areas to reach Ikot Ibekwe.
Governor Emmanuel assured the people that, his government has a standard for road construction which cannot be compromised or politicised. He insisted that whatever it will take to complete the road which is scheduled for delivery in 24 months will not be spared to get the job done.
Governor Emmanuel however charged the people to prepare to make sacrifices as some economic trees, farmland or property may be affected by the road construction but assured that, adequate compensation will be paid for all assets affected by the proposed road construction.