April 9, 2010

We’ve been vindicated by EFCC – Akpabio

By Tony Nyong

UYO—Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State has said his administration had been vindicated by anti-corruption agencies in the country, despite several allegations of financial crimes levelled at him by the numerous petitions written by some highly placed citizens of the state.

Akpabio, who told a cross section of Akwa Ibom people that no amount of fabrication, petition and character smearing would stop his crave for economic overhauling of the state during the signing of the N12.03billion road contract awarded for the dualisation  of Aka/Nnung Udoe road,  said his desire was to leave a nucleus state of good governance, using the highest standard in terms of infrastructure development.

According to him, the contract awarded to CCECC, a major construction firm of the Peoples Republic of China, is to fulfill the campaign promise made in January 2007 to the people of the area.

The road covering 15 kilometers on one side, will make a total of 30 kilometers on dualisation and will have ancillary provisions, as service lanes, bus stops, road traffic devices and designated utility corridors.

Others include pedestrian overhead bridges and street lights, while the cost of relocation of existing poles and water pipes as well as compensation to the host community form part of the contract sum.

Chief Akpabio also disclosed that contract for the Urban Renewal of Uyo, the state capital, had been awarded for N4.5 billion, adding that all the drains would be covered, with walkways created for the convenience of all road users.
The governor noted that very soon, Uyo, the state capital, would look like Dubai.

Managing Director of the construction Firm. Mr. Zhou Tian Xiang, said his company, which  accounted for 50% of the infrastructural development of the last Olympic Games and 50% of the railway construction in China Republic, would deliver the job on schedule for the governor to realize the goal of embarking on the project.

He said further that with the signing of the contract, the yearnings and pleas of the people had been met, stressing that the multiplier effect of the road would rebound on the economic, political and social lives of the people.