…As Atiku commissions 10-lane road
By Chioma Onuegbu Uyo
THE Managing Director of an Akwa Ibom indigenous construction company Hensek Integrated Services, Engineer Uwem Okoko has commended the State governor , Mr. Udom Emmanuel for patronising local contractors in his administration.
Engr. Okoko gave the commendation when he conducted newsmen and some media Aides to the governor around the completed 10-lane Ring Roads, ahead of the commissioning of the project Thursday, September 22, 2022 by 5pm.
He explained that the Road named as Idongesit Nkanga Avenue and Clement Isong Avenue is made up of more than 5kilometer drainage tunnel and 9.5 kilometer, 10-lane dual carriage.
He specially thanked the governor for believing in Hensek Integrated Services to deliver lasting and quality jobs, even when many people thought that a local contractor would not have been able to handle the Ring road 3 project.
His words: “I want to thank His Excellency, governor Udom Emmanuel because I don’t see any government in Nigeria that would have awarded this kind of contract to a local contractor, so my sincere appreciation goes to the governor for taking the risk to award this contract to Hensek Integrated Services company.
“I remember in June 2019 when there was flood problem that His Excellency came here and that time this road didn’t have form or shape. And he said, Hensek there is a lot of pressure that I should terminate this contract, but I believe in your ability to deliver this job.
“And let me quote him. He had said “The best response to blackmail is performance”. And I want to say there is no contractor that will have the Heart to do what we have done on this Road, be it foreign or local contractor. We have been a to prove to the World that we have the capacity, competence to deliver quality job
“The governor, saw what many people did not see by awarding this contract to Hensek Company. And I want to sincerely say today, His Excellency I thank you for this opportunity, and for the support.
“We designed and built this Ring road three to last a lifetime. Interestingly, the concept of the median was designed by His Excellency Udom Emmanuel himself. When he came for a road inspection in 2021, he said the median was too wide, that we can turn it into a jogging lane for people, so we incorporated it into the design.
“The tunnel is all the way from Ifa to Ibesikpo and underneath, 7m deep is a flood control tunnel, that is why before you used to see flood at the Timber market road. His Excellency, awarded this contract not only to de-flood ring road three but all the neighbouring communities.
On the Uyo-Airport Road expansion, Okoko who gave insight into the effort so far put in the project, assured that the Road would be ready for commissioning before end of the tenure of this administration.
In his brief remarks, Media Aide and Special Assistant to the governor on Research and Documentation, Mr Essien Ndueso, accompanied by Mr. Aniekeme Finbarr and Solomon Eyo noted that the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar would be in Uyo to Commissíon the Ring Road 3 at the Oron Road Water fountain roundabout as part of activities to mark the 53th anniversary of the state.