Buhari to Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District: You have Benefited from My Administration
…Clears Air on Controversy Surrounding Calabar-Itu road Project.
President Mohammadu Buhari has offered insight into the benefits the people of Akwa Ibom South (Eket) Senatorial District have gained from his administration.
The President speaking through his representative, Senator Ita Enang in a solidarity rally organised by the people of Eket Senatorial District on Tuesday noted that the people of Akwa Ibom South have been dear to his heart hence the reason he has carried out strategic projects in the area and have given many of her sons the opportunity to serve in his administration.
He mentioned the appointments to include; Minister for Budget and National Planning, Managing Director Niger Delta Development Commission, Commissioner representing Akwa Ibom at the National Population Commission and Commissioner representing Akwa at Niger Delta Development Commission.
The President pointed out that in projects, he has two months ago commissioned erosion control project behind Mobil Pegasus School at Eket Urban.
He explained that on the erosion control project, other Senatorial Districts have benefited as his administration had few weeks ago brought a contractor and handed him the erosion site at Ibiaku Uruan- a road leading to Planet Radio at the sum of over N1.6 billion and same amount expended on erosion control project behind Community Secondary School Ikot Usen in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area
The President said that currently, his administration is working on completing the terminal point of East West road which goes from Oron to Calabar as the Federal Government has obtained loan from the China window to complete the project.
He added ” We are also completing the Ikot Abasi, Eket , Oron axis by getting the detour off Eket town. We have complemented the NDDC by the action they have taken to ensure that infrastructural deficit is addressed in Akwa Ibom State.”
Commenting on the controversy surrounding the Calabar -Itu highway project, Buhari said the state of the road project can only be ascertained if one goes to the road.
He explained ” When you have a contract for a road, you will first of all carry out Set-out. That will enable you to know the extend the road will go for dualization. You will know the electrical cables, water pipes and communication infrastructures that are inside the ground. You also obtain mechanical, electrical among other drawings of that road showing the infrastructures that are beneath the ground.
“Then you will do the electrical relocation. When you carry out the Set-out, you will know the extend it will go, you will know the houses that are affected then plan to pay compensation before you move in equipments. This is the point we are at this time.”
He challenged those who doubt the project to take a visit to Ikot Ukpap in Itam as such ones will see the site of Julius Berger operating with Valuers, Electrical engineers, Civil Engineers who are setting out and and carrying out markings for the project.
The President said already, Julius Berger have acquired borrow pit with where they will acquire granites for the project. He insisted that in road projects, processes must be taken for the job to be satisfactory.
While assuring that the road will be completed according to the contract but subject to funding on the budget, he explained that his administration will not tackle the road project in reliance only to the provisions of the budget rather agreement has been reached with NDDC to apply part of the regional project funding for the Calabar-Itu highway project.
The President added that agreement has also been reached with the Federal Ministry of Works that part of external fundings like the Sukuk bond should be applied in funding the road project since the project is bigger than what the Federal Government budget can ordinarily fund and exit within a planned time.
Also at the rally, the people of Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District through the Senator representing the district urged the Managing Director of the Niger Delta development commission to step forward and contest the Governorship seat in 2019.
More than 11,000 Peoples Democratic Party members led by the former deputy governor of Akwa Ibom state, lady Valerie Ebe and the Senator Emem Ufot Ekaette defected to the All Progressives Congress.