Akwa Ibom State government has appealed to the Federal government to reimburse the state of over 140 billion naira expended on the construction of Federal roads and other federal infrastructures in the state.
Governor Udom Emmanuel who made the appeal when he embarked on inspection of Uyo, Ikot Ekpene- Aba dual carriage way road project yesterday said that such funds would facilitate the completion of such roads.
Emmanuel particularly called on the FG to give approval for the road construction to be undertaken under Public Private Partnership arrangement as the roads remained major economic highways into the state.
“It is a major economic high way in to the entire state. I’ve applied to the Federal government for concession for the road to be completed under a Public Private Partnership model. All that I’m asking from the Federal government is one word, “Approved” and the roads would be constructed in no time.” The Governor said.
He decried the various litigations instituted by beneficiaries of compensation along the road, ordered occupants of such buildings to vacate for the structures to be demolished in two weeks.
“We’ve paid compensation to property owners on the road, why take the government to Court after collecting the money? I’m appealing to them to leave the houses because in two weeks i’ll order demolition of those houses. Certainly we are committed to creating access in this place before the Christmas festivities,” He emphasised.
He however urged the management of Julius Berger Plc to expedite action on the road as soon as the dry season sets in, to give tourist access to the Four Point Sheraton Hotel at Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area during the Christmas festivities.
The site manager, Julius Berger Plc, Mr. Peter Reifenstuhl explained that the project was delayed by heavy downpour and assured that as soon as the rainy days are over, work will commence in earnest.