From Mfon Ekefre, Uyo
The Akwa Ibom State government has opened a 6.5-kilometer road link between Nto Edino in Obot Akara local government area in Akwa Ibom and Ekere Azu in Abia State to boost socio-economic activities of the border communities which had witness a lull over the years.
The road, which serves as another gateway to Umuahia, the Abia State Capital and other states in the South East, has been in a deplorable condition for a number of years.
This deplorable state of the road had hampered socio-economic activities between the border communities and others that have been benefitting from the farm produce from the border communities.
Governor Udom Emmanuel, who flagged of the road construction amidst excitement and enthusiasm of the rural dwellers, said it was in keeping with his electoral promises with the people of the area.
He added that his commitment to providing infrastructure in all parts of the state was sacrosanct, as it was the pivot of the development drive of his administration.
The governor described the road as strategic in view of its economic potential and location in a commercial boundary area.
He emphasized that he would stop at nothing in ensuring that every part of the state benefits from the divine mandate given to him by the people.
Briefing the people on the project execution, Commissioner for Works, Mr. Ephraim Anyang, said the project was being handled by Seyang Construction Company, an indigenous firm with good track record of performance and appealed to the community to support the firm to ensure speedy execution and completion of the project.
Prominent indigenes of the area at the flag-off ceremony of the road project included the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr. Monday Ubong Uko, the Paramount Ruler, Okuku Uwa Umoh Adiaka, Former Deputy Governor of the State, Obong Chris Ekpenyong, House of Assembly member, Prince Idongesit Ntekpere and Transition Community Chairman, Mr. Emmanuel Amama.
In a corroborative remark, the indigenes expressed gratitude to the state government for its development programme, pledged their loyalty to the administration and prayed for its sustainability.
From Mfon Ekefre, Uyo