* Gov Udom Emmanuel
Akwa Ibom State government says it will commission more than 35 newly completed internal roads in the Uyo metropolis as part of activities to mark the 2018 Democracy Day celebration and the third anniversary of the present administration.
The state government shortly after the last rainy season had launched an rehabilitation project of internal roads in Uyo the metropolis, with side drains as measures to tackle erosion in the capital city.
Speaking with newsmen in Uyo on Thursday, the state Commissioner for Works, Mr Ephraim Inyangeyen, said 34 out of the 48 newly awarded internal roads in the state capital were ready for commissioning come May 29
He expressed satisfaction that the administration has succeeded in meeting its target to spread roads across 26 out of the 31 local government areas of the state before the celebration of its third year in office. He added that the target was to cover the entire state before the end of the first term in office.
Inyangeyen, who further disclosed the administration’s intention to link the entire state with dual carriageway, expressed optimism that every local government area in the state would feel the impact of government in terms of road construction before the end of this year.
He assured that the administration would remain focused on building economic roads for the benefit of the people in spite of paucity of funds.
He recalled that on assumption of office in May 2015, Governor Udom Emmanuel gave an instruction to the Ministry of Works to focus on what he described as ‘economic roads’ and not roads constructed on sentiments and nepotism, adding that his ministry has kept her focus on projects that would link economically endowed areas to the rest of the state.
His words, “When we assumed office in 2015, the Governor directed me in clear terms that we are not going to build roads for building sake, but we are going to build economic roads, and that we must do road networking.
“By economic roads, we mean roads that will bring about rapid development. For example, we cannot just go to Ikot Ebiere because the Works commissioner is from there and build a road in the interior village that terminates in the middle of nowhere. No.”