Following the comments and excuses made by Governor Udom Emmanuel as to why the Eket remodeling projects is yet to be completed, a group of Elders and stakeholders from the Local Government Area has latched out at the Governor saying, “to hell with your excuses, you have failed us’’.
In a letter made available to THE INK reporter, titled Governor Emmanuel’s Excuses on Eket remodeling is unacceptable and signed by Engr Udoyiu Nkamiang, Etukudo Akpe, Apostle David Mbre and Prince John Okposin among others, under the aegis of “Concerned Stakeholders of Eket”, the group said that Governor Emmanuel was not sincere with the people of Eket.
“We find it difficult to believe that a 0.5 kilometers of Atabong Road started by your administration since 2015 is not among the projects you commissioned on Thursday in Eket”, the letter reads in part.
“Your excuse that the non completion of the Road which you conceived as “Eket remodeling project” is as a result of the death of the founder of Nigerpet Construction Company is not acceptable by us. You are not being sincere with the people of Eket and we are speaking the minds of the people, including those in your administration who cannot voice out their grievances”, they said.
The group wondered why the death of the Managing Director of the contract firm handling Atabong Road can stall the job when such a Company has a Board of Directors, adding that the Governor is not telling Eket people the truth.
“Apart from Atabobg Road which is the gateway to Eket from Uyo, Roads in Eket are generally bad. The few ones that were awarded to Chief Nduese Essien have not been completed because of non release of funds to the contractor.
“Okon-Eket axis is worst hit in terms of infrastructural development. The area has no good roads and portable drinking water.
“Idua Road project which we are told was awarded to Pastor Umoh Eno one of your friends, a business man in Eket and owner of Royalty Hotels, has since been abandoned, making life very difficult for motorists and residents. We are appealing on you to remember that you are the last Governor from Eket Federal Constituency till 2087, going by the zoning principle in the State”, the letter stated.
The group called on the Governor to treat Eket with some respect and regards as the State Chief Executive cannot continue riding on the heads of an intelligent set of people like Eket.
It would be recalled that on Thursday last week during the commissioning of Roads in Esit Eket and Eket, Governor Emmanuel told his audience that the reason why Atabong Road project has not been completed since 2015 is as a result of the death of the founder of the contract firm handling the project.
He added that the second in command of the Company NigerPet Systems died about three months ago and that greatly affected work on the Atabong road.
His comment did not go down well with the people of Eket, who have since expressed discontent on the statement.