Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel has directed the contractor handling Eket-Ibeno road dualization project, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, CCECC to return to site with effect from next Monday.
Emmanuel who was on an inspection tour of the road, Friday expressed shock at the lamentable condition of the road, which according to him construction work was scheduled to recommence during the dry season.
“I didn’t know it was this deplorable. We intended to wait until dry season. But I want to plead on behalf of the state government that effective Monday (June 29); CCECC will return to this site.”
He said that the Eket-Ibeno road was the only access to ExxonMobil facility and the hub of their activities and called on the ExxonMobil and Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC to collaborate with the state government in the intervention.
“I assure you that state government will intervene, from Monday CCECC will come back to this site, but I am calling on ExxonMobil and NDDC that they should come to the aid of the community.
“This road leads to the entire facility of ExxonMobil, where they are actually exploring, their storage bank, offices and everything. I am sure they need an access to their installations. I believe the current chairman and Chief Executive of ExxonMobil will do something.”Emmanuel said.
The representative of the Contracting firm, Engr. Lukas Stone assured that the situation would change for the better for residents of the area, and called on the community and other stakeholders to offer assistance.
“We will be back on Monday as the governor has already said. The situation is going to be changed and improved very soon. We still hope the whole community and the ExxonMobil can join hands with us to see how we can offer more assistance,” he assured.

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