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CHRAN Wants Gov Emmanuel to Complete Ibiaku Uruan Road Project

The Center For Human Rights & Accountability Network (CHRAN), Akwa Ibom Branch, has appealed to Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State to complete the construction of 8.5km Nduetong Oku-Ibiaku Uruan- Ekritam Road project.

The appeal was made by the CHRAN State Director, Otuekong Franklyn Isong when he led members of the international human rights organisation on a facility tour of the Taf Media Group, operators of Planet101.1 FM, Tang Sio 102.7 FM and Spectrum Television in Ibiaku Uruan in Uruan Local Government on Tuesday, 24th January, 2023.

The accountability and good governance group observed that the project was awarded by the Udom Emmanuel’s administration to Slavabogu Nigeria Limited on the 15th of February, 2018 in order to create a link between Uruan and Itu Local Governments through the Nduetong Oku, Ibiaku Uruan, and Ekritam communities, decrying that 5 years after, the project is less than 30% completion.

According to CHRAN, the project record shows that the road is 8.5km length, 8.0m width, pavement type is flexibility with drain on both sides with 40m Span Bridge and spur in Itu and Uruan local government areas.

CHRAN noted that the project appeared to have been abandoned as there was no sign of anything happening on the road in the past 2 years, no equipment seen on the project site and the contractor was nowhere near the project site during the time of the CHRAN visit to the Taf Media Group.

Comrade Isong appealed to Governor Emmanuel to direct the state Ministry of Works and Fire Service to take over the project in order to ensure its timely completion and commission before the end of the administration.

In his response, the General Manager of the Station, Mr. Sunday Edet, who represented the Chairman/CEO of the Taf Media Group, Mr. Tony Afia, thanked the CHRAN for the visit, narrating the untold hardship the poor road network has on the people of the communities.

He expressed optimism that the road project would be completed as Governor Emmanuel has promised to complete all projects initiated by his administration before the end of his tenure.

Signed
Comrade Akanimo Atang
Deputy Secretary of CHRAN,
Akwa Ibom Branch
Tuesday, 24th January, 2023.

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