The people of Oro nation thursday expressed their feelings of joy and appreciation as the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel performed the flag off ceremony for the construction of a 31.6km Uyo-Okobo-Oron dual carriageway.
Speaking through their representatives, the people expressed happiness over the Governor's fulfillment of his campaign promises to link up the entire state and construct roads in and around the five local government areas that make up the Oro nation. Former Minister of the Federal Republic, Dr Mrs Akon Eyakenyi, who spoke on behalf of the women said she is vindicated by the governor's decision to keep to the terms of the social contract he entered with the people when he was elected into power. She noted that the new road will open up the area and drive home the industrialization dreams of government. Eyakenyi urged the people to support the Udom Emmanuel administration as he was ready to do much more for the Oro nation.
The Transition Chairman of Okobo local government area, Hon Attah Okon Attah in his goodwill message praised the Governor's effort in putting the development of the Oro nation top on his preference list. He said the large turn out of the people spoke volumes of the people's happiness at the inauguration of the road project. He however appealed to the Governor to intervene in the area of electricity as the area has not enjoyed power supply for the last five years. He also appealed to the Governor to intervene in the area of gully erosion that has ravaged several villages in the area.
In his remarks, the commissioner for works, Akwa Ibom State, Mr Ephraim Inyang said government was committed to sustaining superior performance especially in the area of road construction. He said that government has awarded the contract to an international firm, Rennaisance Construction Limited and have plced a 36 months construction period for the project. He appealed to the local communities to cooperate with government throughout the construction period. He warned against people erecting new structures along the area marked for construction as such structures will not be compensated for. He appealed to the youths to cooperate with the contractors to enable them deliver and on time.
Flagging off the road project, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel charged the youths of Oro nation to be vigilant and watch out for those who may attempt to truncate the development process. He pledged to open up the area so that economic activities will flow smoothly. The Governor added that his administration, apart from building new roads will also be committed to the beautification of the Oro nation. The Governor noted that with the coming of Ibom deep seaport, it is expected that there would be an influx of more people and vehicles to the area and as such, qualities roads are needed. Responding to the request made by the Transition committee chairman, the Governor said that he will immediately intervene to ensure that electricity is restored to the area. He enjoined the people to rise to the faith of greatness and believe that Akwa Ibom is destined to be a great state.
The ceremony was graced by people from all works of life including the Deputy Governor of the state, Mr Moses Ekpo, Senators Nelson Effiong, Anietie Okon, Emmanuel Ibokessien and Effiong Bob. Others present were the member representing Oron Federal Constituency, Rt Hon Nse Ekpenyong, the speaker of the House of Assembly, Elder Aniekan Uko, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon Bassey, Commisioners, Specials Advisers, Senior special assistants, royal fathers, senior citizens, women and youth groups.
The occasion featured cultural displays and goodwill messages, including that of the Paramount ruler of Okobo, Owing Andem Ibok