Patronage To Indigenous Contractors Save Costs – Lawmaker

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Akwa Ibom House of Assembly Committee on Works and Transport, has commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for giving indigenous engineers the opportunity to excel in their engineering field through patronage in roads construction and other public infrastructure. The committee is also satisfied at the quality of job done by the indigenous Engineers on the newly constructed Harbour road in Mbo local government area.
Chairman of the committee, Prince Idongesit Ituen made the position of the committee known on Monday when he led members on an inspection tour of a 3.2 kilometre single carriage way in Mbo named, Harbour Road.
The road which was constructed through direct labour by Engineers in the Bureau of Technical Matters with support from the Akwa Ibom State Roads and Other Infrastructure Maintenance Agency, and the labour force from the locals in Mbo community, serves as an access road to a Petroleum tank farm to be sited in the area by an investor, Delmar Company.
The equipments that were used in the construction of the road are owned by the Akwa Ibom State Roads and Other Infrastructure Maintenance Agency.
Prince Ituen who said he was happy that the job was executed by Akwa Ibom people, lauded the governor for cutting down cost on road construction through the direct labour approach.
Conducting the Committee Chairman and his team round the project site, Special Adviser to the Governor on Technical Matters and Due Process, Mr. Ufot Ebong, explained that the road which is named Harbour Road, is in fulfilment of the agreement between the state government government and a private investor, Delmar who has indicated interest in siting a tank farm in the area.
According to Ebong “The company was looking for an access road to their tank farm, and we provided it. It is a 3.2 kilometre of road which terminates at that point(Pointing to the team), while the investor will take over from here and construct the road to the harbour”.
He disclosed that the road has a durability period of 25 years.
Fielding questions from newsmen, the Special Adviser gave the project cost at N450 Million, as against N1.7Billion that was initially quoted by a construction firm for the same project. The road project which was commissioned by the governor in May this year is built on a swampy area linking two communities of Ibaka and Ibuod Ikot.

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