Governor Godswill Akpabio has pledged to release a balance of N500 million to Akwa Ibom State University next week for the completion of development projects at its Ikot Akpaden and Obio Akpa campuses.
Akpabio who stated this yesterday when he inaugurated 26 projects at the Obio Akpa campus of the University hinted that his administration had already released N1.5 billion of the N2 billion for the execution of projects in the two campuses.
The Governor expressed hope that his successor would complete the hostels and internal roads in the campus before December this year.
He further announced that the Federal Executive Council has upgraded the Maritime Academy Nigeria, in Oron to a degree-awarding institution and has also approved the commencement of the Ibaka Deep Seaport in the state all aimed at creating more jobs for the people.
The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Eno Ibanga commended the state government for transforming the school with sophisticated facilities and disclosed that the institution has now been fully accredited during his administration.
Among the projects inaugurated in the institution were Social and Management Sciences block, Poultry Goatry, Piggery projects, Medical Centre, Library Department, Students canteen, Administrative block, Bursary block and hostel.
Governor Akpabio who also inaugurated the suspended bridge in Abak, commended Julius Berger Construction Company for the speedy delivery of a well-constructed bridge, pointing out that the project was one of the most challenging jobs in the state, aside the Underground Pipe-Jacking system.
He lamented that the snaky bridge along the old road had wasted many lives hence the need for a better one just as he said the new bridge has opened up the area to commercial activities and would ensure safety of lives and properties.

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