A ten lane 9.5 kilometer road project built by Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, has been inaugurated in Uyo the State Capital by the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as part of activities to mark the 35th anniversary of the State’s creation.
Governor Emmanuel who led dignitaries to the inauguration, said the project comes with 5.4kilometers underground drainage tunnel and three roundabouts of which two have rainbow water fountains.
He announced that the road which is divided into two has the portion from Oron Road to Nwaniba Road named after former Governor, Idongesit Nkanga, while the stretch from Oron Road to Aka Road is named after former Governor of old Cross River State, Clement Isong.
The Governor appreciated all for the solidarity, and hinted that it was sign that PDP was getting stronger.
Speaking while commissioning the project, Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintri, who represented Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, lauded Governor Emmanuel for his foresight and vision in executing laudable projects.
“Through Governor Emmanuel, Akwa Ibom has become a hub for aviation, a hub for infrastructure, a hub for healthcare delivery and above all what has endeared me to him is that he is making Akwa Ibom a hub for agriculture in Nigeria, no to talk of the industrialization that he is doing.”
Governor Fintri said further that, “the Presidential candidate has asked me to say that he will ensure that the entire country is unified, from North to South for its betterment so that together, we can enjoy.
“We will continue to support our party and we will continue to ensure that we win the 2023 elections so that we can recapture our beloved country and place it where it rightfully belongs in the comity of nations.”
Fintri maintained that Akwa Ibom alongside other South South States, is the home of PDP, and rallied for relentless support to the PDP to enable the restoration of peace through the return of PDP to the saddle.
Insisting that the crises in Nigeria are artificial, he sued for sustained prayers from elders and clergies and added that there are capable hands in the PDP who are ready to help redeem the country, and lauded Governor Emmanuel and the people of the State for the landmark project.
He said the projects of the Governor are very exceptional and capable of attracting investors to the State.
In his goodwill message, former Senate President Bukola Saraki said he was proud to share in the history and insisted that Governor’s Emmanuel’s performance in office suggests that Nigerians need PDP to have the country restored.
“Your Excellency, I have been on my own vacation, but when you told me about this road I came down because I want to be part of this history. I feel so proud because I remember in February 2019, you invited me then for another project, a project that many didn’t believe in, and that was the Commissioning of Ibom Airline.
“Today we are here again for the commissioning of Ring Road III, 10 -lanes and there has never been such in this country. I am not surprised at your performance, the people of Nigeria aren’t surprised because you are a PDP Governor and if you want a performing Country, let PDP lead the way”, Saraki stated.
Goodwill message also came from the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Bello Tambuwal, who said he has been part of history in Akwa Ibom State on several occasions and was proud to be part of the historic unveiling of the 9.5km, ten lane road.
“If you multiply 9.5km by 10, that gives you 95 kilometers of this road executed by the Governor of Akwa Ibom State. He has done very well in virtually all sectors of Governance.
The Sokoto Governor maintained that, “from aviation to industries, agriculture to human capital development, education to health, Udom Emmanuel is a blessing to Akwa Ibom State.
I congratulate you and may provide sound leadership to our campaigns for us to win convincingly and return PDP to Aso Rock in 2023. Congratulations my brother and God bless you all,” Tambuwal added.
Earlier the Chairman of Uyo local government area Dr. Uwemedimo Udo, while welcoming dignitaries, lauded the Governor on his passion for development and his belief in the strength of Akwa Ibomites, which has seen him giving opportunity to the local contractors including Hensek Integrated Services to translate his vision in road infrastructure.
The Commissioner for Works, Prof Eno Ibanga and the Paramount Ruler of Uyo, Edidem Sylvanus Okon commended the Governor for the wisdom in executing the project to the admiration of all who had previously expressed doubts.
The Chief Executive Officer of Hensek, Uwem Okoko in an emotional tone thanked Governor Emmanuel for the confidence in him, and promised that as a PDP faithful, he will support the Governor’s succession plan and also back the party to achieve victory in the 2023 elections.
“Your Excellency, people mocked me but you told me that the only way to reply to insult is to produce result. Today, I am happy because we have proved our critics wrong,” Okoko said.