By Emmanuel Ayungbe
UYO—GOVERNOR Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, yesterday, attributed the delay in completing the on-going construction of Uyo-Ikot Ekpene dual carriage road project on the numerous litigations by property owners along the proposed highway.
Speaking while inspecting the road project inaugurated by his predecessor, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Mr Emmanuel said no fewer than 32 court cases bordering on compensation by different property owners on the road had occasioned the delay in its completion.
He said: “We are interested in making sure that those whose houses are to be demolished are duly compensated and resettled because the quality and standard of houses I am seeing here cannot be pulled down just like that.
“I assure Akwa Ibom people that as we have started settling these issues, work will now go on at a faster rate.”
Governor Emmanuel who was accompanied by his wife Martha, insisted that the essence of development was to ameliorate the challenges the people face as he sued for their support and cooperation to ensure speedy completion of the road project.
The state Commissioner for Works, Akparawa Ephraim Inyangenyen, said that the project, which is about 15 per cent completion, has gone through the first phase.