Akwa Ibom State Government, on Thursday, said that delay in the completion of some Road Projects in some parts the state, was due to artificial security lapses, created by the host communities.
The State Commissioner for Works, Mr. Ephraim Inyang-Eyen, stated this, while inspecting the ongoing construction of the 18.95km Ikot Ibritam – Ekeffe – Ikot Akpan Afaha Road in Oruk Anam and Ukanafun Local Government Areas by Almajdal Limited.
The Commissioner said the host communities of the projects, rather than protecting the contractors and equipment, were sabotaging government efforts, by allegedly intimidating, kidnapping and killing those handling the road project.
The Commissioner revealed that two soldiers protecting the contractors were recently killed at the construction site, while the Project Manager was also kidnapped.
He said that the Chief Security of the Contraction Company, Mr Emmanuel Thompson, was killed in the course of the project.
“Let Akwa Ibom people know that instead of the youth and stakeholders of Oruk Anam to secure the contractors and their equipment so that this project which the governor flagged-off in 2016 can be completed, they are sabotaging the process”.
Inyang-eyen expressed displeasure over the, however noted that the state government will no longer tolerate any further hindrance by the youths or stakeholders of Oruk Anam in the road construction.
He dismissed claims that the current administration has not constructed a single road in Oruk Anam, saying, “what is delaying this road is the artificial rain to sabotage the work and the security lapses created by the youths.”
He said the road, being a federal road, has been on the federal budget for over forty (40) years with nothing was done and appealed to the people to cooperate with the state government in its completion agenda.