The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, His Excellency, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, has ordered immediate commencement of operation Zero pot holes on all roads in Uyo metropolis.
The Governor who spoke through the Honorable commissioner of works, Mr. Ephraim Akparawa Inyang-Eyen , during the ministry’s supervision tour of the entire capital city to ascertain the level of damage done on roads in the city following the massive rain fall so far recorded in the State.
During the tour today , the commissioner and his team stopped –over to examine seriously damaged spots like Ukana Offot, Abak Road, IBB Way, Nkemba, Effiong Udo Akpan, Nsentip, Nsit, Atang, Esuene, Udo Eduok, Urua Ekpa and Urua Udofia Streets among others.
The Governor also ordered work to start on the IBB way underground drainage that will take out flood water from IBB way, Ukpong Ebet to Ukana Offot and empty it the through the channelization underground drainage of Nkemba Street and connect it to the Itam junction underground drainage that will empty it to the River basin.
Mr. Ephraim Inyang says the Governor wants the entire streets in Uyo to be free from pot holes before the festive period sets in. The Honorable Commissioner, who was accompanied during the tour by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dry Ifreke Ekpa and other directors of the Ministry, decried the habit of dumping the refuse into the water –ways, which he noted is one the reasons responsible for the incessant flooding witnessed in the State capital and its environs.
‘’The government of Governor Udom Emmanuel will ensure there is no flooding in the State capital during the next rainy season , as soon as the rainy period is over , there will massive water channelization in entire city , that will make Uyo a dry city no matter the level of rain fall in the future’’, the commissioner pledged.
He also used the opportunity to appeal to Uyo residents to stop dumping of refuse in the water-ways and patronize the designated refuse receptacles provided by government free. The Commissioner told the press that work will commence on all the streets on Monday, so both residents of Uyo and visitors alike can continue to enjoy free and smooth drive within the State capital.
The commissioner said that payment of compensation will begin on Monday on the Eket the Remodeling project to give way to contractor to start work on the project. He therefore pleaded with the owners of property affected by the project to exercise patience, as no one will be short-changed.