UYO – Host communities in Akwa Ibom State which make undue demands, including the award of contracts to their indigenes, from contractors before the execution of projects in their areas may lose such projects.

Governor Godswill Akpabio, who sounded the warning while swearing in four new permanent secretaries, expressed concern that indigenes of a few local government areas were preventing projects from being done in their areas by insisting that contractors should settle them or give them supply contracts before mobilising on site or starting the projects.

He lamented that such communities were even preventing the opening of access roads through their areas and the establishment of other projects and said such occurrences could necessitate relocating the projects to areas, which were more open to development and progress.

Speaking further on the main issue of the day, he warned Akwa Ibom people against lobbying for the post of permanent secretary and congratulated the new permanent secretaries, Engr. Nkereuwem Ekanem, Mrs. Ekaete Ekong Okon and Inemesit Moses Akabom on their appointment.

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