By Chioma Onuegbu
Uyo—Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Works, Mr. Ephraim Inyangeyen, has criticized the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, for alleged shoddy roads it executed in several communities across the state.
Inyangeyen also frowned at the numerous projects the NDDC allegedly abandoned across the state such as the 600 metres Nnung Ukim Ikono Road in Ikono Local Government Area of the state, which according to him, had been abandoned for five years since it was awarded in 2012.
The commissioner, who spoke during a tour of ongoing road projects being executed by the state government, urged the commission to carry out its work well and according to specifications in order to win the confidence of the communities in the state.
He explained that the remaining 4.6 kilometres of the road had been undertaken by the state government, arguing that the state government was not supposed to complete the remaining part of the road abandoned by NDDC because it would be fraudulent to do so, since the commission will still claim that it did the job.
He advised community leaders, who have been complaining about uncompleted NDDC roads and other projects within their communities to formally write to the management of the commission to complete their projects.
He said: “They should formally write to NDDC to come and complete the abandoned roads or they can write to the state governor to take over the project and bail their communities out. In fact, the NDDC has already published the Nnung Ukim Ikono 600metre stretch as a completed project. So, it will be fraudulent for the state government to complete the road and they will come to claim that they did the job.
“The same problem is there in many parts of Akwa Ibom State. So I advise the leadership of NDDC to imbibe integrity and honesty in discharging their operational mandate to the peoples of the Niger Delta in general and Akwa Ibom State in particular.”
He assured that some of the roads embarked by the state government across the state would be ready for commissioning during the week long activities to mark the second anniversary of the current administration in the state.