…Ex Dep Gov, Royal Father Celebrate Good Governance
The serene communities in Nto Edino the capital of Obot Akara local government area of Akwa Ibom State and environs were Tuesday ignited as residents thronged out in large numbers to welcome and celebrate Governor Udom Emmanuel who visited the area.
It was a sight to behold as Governor Udom Emmanuel commissioned the newly completed 6.4km Nto Edino road that leads through Ekwere Azu to Abia State.
The ceremony was part of activities to mark his two years in office as governor, was received by a large crowd of happy indigenes who lauded him for responding to their yearnings.
Mr Emmanuel said that when he visited the area on assumption of office, the road was so bad that no bicycle could pass as at then, and he decided that whether Nigeria is in recession or not, the road has to be constructed.
He explained that the road will open up economic activities between Akwa Ibom and Abia State, assuring the people that within the next 90 days the bridge will be ready for commissioning along with the Phase II of the project.
On his part, the former Deputy Governor of the State, Engr Chris Ekpenyong who is and indigene of Obot Akara commended the Governor for what he described as two years of impressive performance in the state.
He said that it is not about being a governor but identifying and yielding to the needs of the people.
Engr Ekpenyong maintained that the road is a better thought-out project that will improve the lives of the people, adding that the commissioning of the road marks the opening of economic activities between Akwa Ibom and Abia State, to which Obot Akara people will forever remain grateful to the Governor.
He maintained that as the father of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he will always remain with the governor in PDP which has brought so many developments to the state.
He assured the governor that Obot Akara people will support Udom Emmanuel till 2023 and beyond.
Also speaking, the paramount ruler of Obot Akara, Okuku Uwah Umoh Adiaka said that the governor has saved many lives with the construction of Nto Edino -Ekwere Azu road.
He told the governor that many school children and pregnant women had lost their lives due to bad nature of the road and bridge.
The traditional ruler further told the governor that a lot of people from the area had never visited the nearby Ikot Ekpene local government area due to the impassable road and promised the governor that those whose lives he has saved will support him in 2019.
Earlier in his remarks, the commissioner for Works, Akparawa Ephraim Inyang said that when his team visited the area the road was impassable.
He thanked the governor for the support in giving life back to the people of the area.
The commissioner said that the commissioning marks the opening of the first phase, and that when completed in three months, the bridge would be commissioned with the phase II of the project.
In an emotional laden voice, the Paramount Ruler of Obot Akara,Okuku Uwa Umo Adiaka, told the gathering that the last time his people ever experienced such a good road was in 1959.
The paramount ruler alongside other speakers thanked Governor Emmanuel for coming to salvage the deplorable condition of road, believing that it will boost economic growth.
The 6.4km Nto Edino – Ekwerre Azu Road was constructed by an indigenous contractor, Seyang Construction Company and supervised by the State Ministry of Works.
The governor was billed to commission three roads, inspect six ongoing ones and commission a model girls school in Abak.