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A’Ibom yet to get FG refund for roads construction

A’Ibom yet to get FG refund for roads construction

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Etim Ekpimah, Uyo

The Akwa Ibom State government has yet to get refund for some of the Federal Government roads the state government constructed within the periods of almost three years.

The state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, said this in Uyo during the inauguration of some of the road projects on Thursday.

According to him, his intervention projects in all parts of the state cover federal roads, which sum up the total roads constructed to 1,301 kilometres.

The governor noted that the decision to intervene on federal roads does not affect other developmental areas in Akwa Ibom, adding that the government is working based on a blueprint.

He explained that the federal roads on which the state government has worked include Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Road, Abak-Ikot-Abasi Road and Oron, Mbo-Ibaka Road.

Emmanuel, however, frowned at the action of federal parastatals like Federal Roads Maintenance Agency for taking credit for the roads the state government has constructed or repaired.

He said, “Under three years alone, from the time we have been in office up till today, road construction: ongoing, completed, commissioned, we have done about 1,301 kilometres.

“Most of the federal assets here are maintained by us and we are yet to get even a naira refund for it. Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Road is a federal road; I am doing it. I am dualising Oron Road from the airport to Uyai-Oro; the old road, I am resurfacing right now into Oron town.

“Between Mbo and Ibaka, it is a federal road, I have finished. I am going to commission it by next week. Abak–Ikot-Abasi Road is a federal road; I am the one maintaining it.

“Sometimes, when we would have finished the roads, we see FERMA put a sign board on the road. FERMA is not expected to put signposts on roads constructed by the state government.

“Spending money on federal roads does not affect other development areas in the state. It could have affected if we do not have a plan. We came with a blueprint and we have a plan, so it does not affect anything. Everything we do is according to plan; we may not have all the resources to execute all.

“The difference between our government and others is that as we execute, we take time to appraise, and we analyse what we have done wrong and based on that, we know what to do next. We hold strategy sessions regularly,” he said.”

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