The chairman of Akwa Ibom Road and Other Infrastructure Agency (AKROIMA), Godwin Ntukude PhD., has asserted that the agency under his watch will ensure that Akwa Ibom State is pothole-free.
Akparawa Ntukude, a former international president of Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio, a foremost Ibibio socio-cultural youth organisation, made the statement, last week, when members of the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), Akwa Ibom State Branch, paid an unscheduled good governance tour to the road intervention projects executed by the agency.
The AKROIMA boss used the opportunity of the CLO tour to appeal to citizens of Akwa Ibom State to take proper care and to protect government properties across the State rather than vandalise them as they are being bought by taxpayers money.
He lamented the vandalisation of the agency’s equipment at its equipment yard along Airport road in Uyo and stated that so far, the agency’s equipment worth several millions of Naira were vandalised by staff in connivance with some spareparts dealers and citizens of the State before the inauguration of his on board by the state governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel.
He decried what he termed as ‘man’s inhumanity to the State’, saying that road maintenance would have been made very easier by his agency, if the equipment were not vandalised.
Ntukude also took the CLO team to some ongoing road maintenance projects and completed projects in the State executed by his agency and assured that the present dispensation of Governor Emmanuel is doing everything humanly possible to keep Akwa Ibom state pothole-free, noting that the agency would continue to discharge its responsibility of road maintenance in spite of the rains.
On his part, the chairman of the CLO, Otuekong Franklyn Isong, commended the efforts of the agency in ensuring that deplorable roads in the State are repaired and made motorable.
Comrade Isong urged the agency to also focus its attention on bad roads in the hinterland other than the State capital, to which the agency’s chairman responded that its agency had intervened in several bad roads in the hinterland.
The chairman of the international human rights-cum-civil society group stated that the tour was part of the group’s mandate of holding government accountable to the people and putting a check on public officeholders.
The state CLO boss saluted the chairman of the agency, Prince Godwin Ntukude and members of AKROIMA for their industry and being committed in the discharge of their responsibilities as an agency.