Oversight Function:Julius Berger Snubs AKHA

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It was indeed a disgraceful scene and an embarrassment as the management of Julius Berger Construction Company deliberately locked out the Chairman and members of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Committee on Environment at the company’s plant located at Mbak Itam in Itu Local Government Area, when the committee led by the Chairman, Mr. David Lawrence Udofa undertook a routine inspection visit to the company’s yard yesterday.
Our reporter gathered that members of the committee and their  entourage including the press arrived in a convoy at the gate of the company’s yard at about 1.25pm but could not get entry into the premises of the company uptill 1.50pm when they drove away in disappointment and disbelief. According to our reporter, the Chairman of  the Committee, Mr. David Lawrence Udofa who represents Eket State Constituency, lamented that the Committee members were shocked and surprised at the action of the management of the company after his office had sent a formal letter of notification of the visit to the company.
The committee chairman was accompanied on the visit by Elder Mark Esset, Mr. Uduak Udodung, Mr. Monday Eyo, Mr. Victor Udofia, the Chairman of the House Committee on security.
Speaking to the press, the Committee Chairman assured that the management of the company shall be invited to appear before the House of Assembly to explain why they snubbed members of the committee.
Also speaking to the press, the consultant attached to the Committee, Mr. Pius Umoren disclosed that the committee members intended to inspect the plant yard, drainage site, offices, waste management stream, environmental management plan for the plant yard, solid waste dump and effluent discharge channels. While the Environmental impact Assessment (EIA) and the actual projects under construction were also to be inspected in the projects sites in order to ensure that the projects are in consonance with the Environmental Impact Assessment and the technical drawings.

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