…Gives Marching Orders to Contractors Handling Road Projects in Oron
In keeping with the compensation policy of Gov. Udom Emmanuel’s administration on structures adversedly affected by road construction across the State, the Commissioner for Works and Fire Service, Prof. Eno Ibanga, has assured property owners, whose houses have been marked for demolition to give way for ongoing road construction and expansion across the state, that the Ministry of Works and Fire Service, under his watch, will ensure that adequate compensations are paid to them before demolition.
The Commissioner gave the assurance to property owners along Afaha Etuk/Afaha Ikot Obio Nkan section of the Ring Road Three project in Uyo Capital City, during an inspection exercise on Monday, March 8,2021.
Prof. Ibanga, who was accompanied by the Managing Director of Hensek Integrated Services, Engr. Uwem Okoko, attended to some residents who approached him for clarity on issues concerning their houses marked for demolition.
In his words, “as you can see, I keep mounting pressure on contractors to complete their projects as soon as possible. That is why I am touring project sites and solving problems that may hinder our delivery.
“What I can tell you is that in as much as we are pursuing tough deadlines, we do not intend to frustrate any property owner; so we will keep doing all we can to satisfy you by paying compensations before demolition, because we are all humans. I also plead that you understand with us and appreciate our efforts,” the Commissioner said.
In a related development, same day, Prof. Ibanga embarked on an unannounced inspection of ongoing road projects in Oron.
At Oron, the Commissioner said that he needed to make an on-the-spot assessment of the progress of work done by contractors, ahead of another release of funds by Gov. Udom Emmanuel, to further power the ‘Completion Agenda’ of the State Government.
Some of the roads visited were, Nung Atai Eta-Atabong Road, with a landing jetty in Okobo Local Government Area; dualization of the 13.5km Okopedi Okobo – Oron Road proceeding from Nung Atai Eta, Itak, Uyatie, Edeghi Awa Ikpi, Otti Oro, and Uya Oro villages in Okobo and Oron Local Government Areas.
Others were Murtala, Atta, Market, Ekpenyong Abasi Streets, as well as Oron Road.
At some of the project sites in Oron, the Commissioner voiced his dissatisfaction and displeasure with contractors for their snail speed at work, despite receiving huge sums recently.
While giving them marching orders to make significant progress, he promised to take drastic actions if there are no milestone improvements by his next visit.
“I decided to visit your project site unannounced so that I can see things for myself. I am very disappointed with what I have seen. I do not need to repeat myself that by the time I come back here in a few weeks, if there are no milestones covered, I will be forced to take drastic action,” he said.
By Imaobong Alexander
MOW & FS