Stakeholders under the aegis of Mkpat Enin Conscience (MEC) have demanded an apology from the State Commissioner for Works, Mr Ephraim Inyang-eyen, for accusing Mr Victor Ekwere, the Member representing Mkpat Enin State Constituency of highlighting just a section of dilapidated Ukam-Asong Road and duplicating it, with an apparent aim of discrediting him.
The said road has been marred by potholes few months after it was commissioned by Gov. Udom Emmanue while rounding off his first tenure and preparing for a second term.
Moved by the worsening state of the road, the Member representing Mkpat Enin State Constituency, Mr Victor Ekwere, queried Mr Inyang-eyen, when he (the Works Commissioner) appeared before the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation to defend the 2020 Budget Estimates for his Ministry.
But the Works Commissioner while responding, said the Lawmaker only snapped just a failed portion of the road and duplicated it, with the mere aim of discrediting him.
. So, the road in question is not up to 6 months. This very road was constructed by the Ministry of Works under Mr. Ephraim Inyang through whichever contractor he used.
However, the group in a communiqué issued at the end of an emergency general meeting last week, the said the road is riddled with potholes and expressed sadness that Commissioner for Works, Mr. Ephraim Inyang-eyen, accused their representative who has the mandate to speak on their behalf.
The group, comprising leaders spread across the 87 villages of Mkpat Enin local government area, called on the Works Commissioner, Mr Ephraim Inyang-eyen, “to apologise to Mkpat Enin people within 48 hours over his unguarded comments.”
While describing as hilarious Ephraim Inyang-eyen’s attribution of delay in road construction to rainfall, the body was quick to point out that the Mkpat Enin- Minya road done by the previous administration is still in good shape despite high vehicular movement.
“It is hilarious that the commissioner keeps pushing the blames for the massive failures of roads constructed under his watch to rainfalls. It is instructive that we note here that the Mkpat Enin- Minya road, constructed by the previous administration is still in good condition despite the heavy vehicular movements along the road.”
They noted that recent news reports published in some tabloids where the Works Commissioner is quoted to have said that the claim by the lawmaker that most road projects undertaken by the current administration have failed while others are ridden with potholes is not correct, saying that it is rather “most uncharitable if not condemnable”.
“We are further miffed that the Honourable Commissioner, according to the reports, is said to have attributed the Lawmaker’s concerns on roads as within his constituency as being ‘sponsored by evil men’, “adding that the statement, at any rate, is most uncalled for, unwarranted and absolutely out of point given the realities on ground.”
They called on the commissioner to pay attention to concerns raised over poor state of roads across the state rather than engage in what they described as trivialities.
The group regretted that the “Awa-Asong-Ikot Edim-Ukam road commissioned in May this year, is in a terrible state, also, the 49km- Ikot Edeghe- Ikot Ekpuk road earlier commissioned by this administration has completely fallen into a state of disrepair, advising that steps should be taken to fix the problem.