t could be recalled that in July , 2021, the Akwa Ibom State Government awarded a new road contract in Mbikpong Ikot Edim – Afaha Ikot Osom – Ikot Akpaedu in Ibesikpo Asutan L.G.A, measuring 3.63km with 8.0m carriageway width.
During the flag off of the road project, Governor Udom Emmanuel re-emphsised his administration’s commitment to opening up communities and developing the State, saying that he would not hesitate to execute any project that makes life meaningful to Akwa Ibom citizens.
He said this through the State Commissioner for Works and Fire Service, Prof. Eno Ibanga, who represented him at the occasion.
According to the Governor, ”This government means everything about the development of Akwa Ibom, and coming here is part of the Completion Agenda. We do not want to leave any project uncompleted. Even if a project is not fully completed, it would be in a state that can be utilized.
“For this road, we gave the contractor one year as a regular time limit for a project to be done, but we are really happy that he has promised to deliver before the time limit that we gave him,” the Governor remarked.
In line with this commitment of government to complete all projects initiated by this administration, the Rosh Es Construction Company, which was awarded the contract, has since commenced work in earnest.
Speaking on the project yesterday, August 27, 2021, the Managing Director of the construction firm, Engineer Yoma onohwakpo, said that out of the total number of 2.4km drain work, including the outfall,1.65km has been completed.
He said, “ We have excavated 400m pitfalls already out of 600m and out of 1,700m walls,1,300m has been completed while 400m is yet to be completed.”
Engr. Onohwakpo added that casting of walls for outfall drains is still in progress, and explained that by Wednesday, next week, all forms of drains, both on the main alignment and on the outfall, will be completed.
“The drainage work has been done from Mbikpong Ikot Edim down to Afaha Ikot Osom, where we are casting walls now for the outfall drains,” he said.
From all indications and assessment, the government has kept to its promise and the construction company has also promised to deliver on schedule if everything works accordingly.
Meanwhile, residents of the area have hailed the ongoing road rehabilitation work in their community, noting that the situation would bring socio- economic growth to the area.