By Tony Nyong
Uyo—The Akwa Ibom State Government has ordered contractors handling Security Village Projects in the 12 local government areas of Eket Senatorial District of the state to deliver on schedule or face its wrath.
Special Assistant to the Governor on Project Monitoring, Mr. David Etuk, who handed down the order while inspecting the Security Village Project in the zone, said government would revoke any contract not done according to specifications.
He expressed unhappiness at the work done by the contractors, compared to the amount of money they had so far received.
The threat came as the Governor’s aide also noted that with the number of on-going projects in the road sector in all the local government areas of the state, the provision of electricity and construction of mini-water projects in all the councils, they were the bold decision of government in the area of security. He added that government was not ready to play politics with the Security Village Project.
Etuk who expressed anger at the attitude of the resource persons, wondered why they would expect government to retain their services, with the display of unpatriotic attitude towards their social responsibility, even in the face of the security challenges facing the state, with pockets of crime and kidnappings experienced by citizens.
He frowned at the slow pace of work and on discovering that the resource persons in Urue-Offong Oruko, Mbo, Ikot Abasi, Ibeno, Mkpat Enin, and Oron Local Government Areas of the state had not made any progress despite government’s commitment to tackling security related issues in the state.
He warned that government would no longer tolerate lapses on the part of contractors and directed the resource persons handling the quarters of the Vice Chairman and Treasurer of Ibeno local government, the SSS quarters in Mpkat Enin, the D.P.O’s quarters, Oron, Vice Chairman and SSS quarters, Ikot Abasi, as well as the quarters of the SSS in Mbo to appear before the Project Monitoring Committee to explain why they should try to frustrate the effort of the state government at bringing real democracy dividends to the people of the area.
While lauding the contractors handling Eket and Mkpat Enin local government jobs for showing seriousness, the aide to the governor reiterated that the project should be delivered within the forty day ultimatum given by the state government, directing that contractors who were faced with the problem of accessing money from the banks should forward their documents to his office for possible dialogue with the banks for necessary action.