EKET—RESIDENTS of Afaha Atai group in Eket native authorities space, Akwa Ibom State have decried the deplorable state of the Ikot Ibiok road and pleaded with the state authorities to return to their assist.
A few of the villagers who spoke with Niger Delta Voice stated the road had prompted them untold struggling over the years.
They famous with unhappiness that their hope of getting the road constructed was dashed when the contractor abandoned it someday final Might.
A youth of the world, who merely recognized himself as Akaninyere stated: “Individuals dwelling alongside this road are struggling. Automobiles can’t enter this road as a consequence of flooding, so we’re calling on authorities to return and assist us. These dwelling alongside this road are extra disturbed now that the wet season has returned.”
Additionally talking, an indigene of the world, Uduak stated: “Whereas we’re interesting for assist, we don’t need the identical contractor dealing with the road challenge to return once more. You’ll be able to see the poor work they did right here within the identify of developing a drain. You possibly can see that the gully has began encroaching on individuals’s houses because of the poor drainage system, so we don’t want the contractor once more. We’d like an skilled contractor to deal with this road due to the topography of the world.”
Chairman Afaha Atai village council, Mr. Samuel Udobong condemned the poor drainage constructed by the corporate including that it was unfair for the contractor to have completed such a poor job.
He stated the group had initially protested towards the one-aspect drainage due to the quantity of water on the road through the wet season.
“The preliminary design of that road was a two-aspect drainage however I perceive the NDDC haven’t paid them any mobilization to proceed the road venture. That is just the start of the rains and the road is already a multitude such that individuals who personal automobiles within the space now park their automobiles on the Qua Iboe Church premises alongside the primary road. You possibly can solely see bikes plying that road.
“The Ikot Ibiok group of village road has been abandoned for therefore a few years and previous administrations have been so insensitive to the plight of the individuals over that road regardless of a number of appeals. And the hope of the group that the NDDC has come to their rescue has once more been dashed. All I can say is that we aren’t proud of the state of affairs, our individuals are struggling due to the dangerous road,”he defined
In his remarks, the previous Chairman of the Afaha Atai village council, Chief Sam Etti, additionally expressed concern that the state of affairs had deteriorated with the return of the wet season.
“The road has gone from dangerous to worse because the contractor abandoned it final yr. You can’t think about what these individuals are passing via. As a group chief I used to be informed that the contractor has not acquired any cost to allow it full the venture. So I’m interesting that the required funds must be launched to the corporate in order that they will full that road,” he stated.
Work not abandoned
Contacted, the Community Liaison Officer, Chief Friday Ndioho, described as pointless, requires change of the contractor blaming the delay in completion of the road on a change of nationwide management of NDDC.
This, in line with him, made it unimaginable for funds to be launched for the completion of the tasks began by the previous administration.
He stated: “The road has not been abandoned. The contractor is ready for funds to proceed from the place it stopped. I spoke with the Director of Tasks of the development firm lately and he stated that when he receives cash he would return to website to finish the work.
“The best way it really works is that you’re awarded a contract and no cash is given to you till you bought to a milestone and the place we at the moment are we’ve truly gotten to that anticipated milestone. We at the moment are anticipating cash to have the ability to proceed. I’ve briefed the group on this so the group is conscious that the contractor has not been given any cash for the job it has executed up to now. However I need to guarantee them that the road will probably be accomplished, it has not been abandoned.”
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