Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Works, Mr. Ephraim Inyang-Eyen, yesterday said no fewer than 1, 740 kilometres of roads were currently under construction in various parts of the state.
He said such construction work was in line with the state’s determination to lay a solid foundation for economic growth and total industrialisation of the state.
Inyang-Eyen, who dropped the hint during an inspection tour of project sites yesterday, added that the Udom Emmanuel administration in the state was committed to building a legacy of quality infrastructural development to facilitate economic empowerment of the people of the state.
The works commissioner, who remarked that road construction, was a continuous exercise in the Udom Emmanuel administration’s urbanisation programme, urged contractors to use the current dry season to speed up their jobs while ensuring best standards and specifications.
He said: “The roads under construction here have at least a lifespan of over 25 years and government was not just constructing roads, but creating jobs for the teeming youths, in the second coming of the governor, our people will witness a fulfillment of complete industrialisation of the state.”
By May 2018, according to the commissioner, there will be a harvest of road projects in the state to commemorate the third anniversary of the Emmanuel administration. “It will be awesome, overwhelming, because every part of the state will benefit.”
The commissioner equally assured residents of the state that with the quality drainage system accompanying each of the road projects and a well laid-out plan to empty water in well-planned falls, flood will be a thing o of the past from subsequent raining seasons.