The Board Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Roads & Other Infrastructure Maintenance Agency (AKROIMA), Prince Godwin Ntukudeh has scored Akwa Ibom State Governor, Deacon Udom Emmanuel high in terms of performance for the past three years in office as state chief executive.
Prince Ntukudeh gave the remark while appearing as guest last Friday in an NTA channel 12 programme tagged “Issues of the moment”.
The Uruan born politician applauded the governor’s human and capital development in the State, adding that Udom Emmanuel has performed credibly well and has made it to the encyclopedia of performing governors in Nigeria.
He described the governor as a God-fearing, focused, cultivated and visionary leader, whose selfless service to Akwa Ibom people has made him a model for students of leadership development.
Ntukudeh also used the opportunity to give insight into the workings of the agency. He noted that the agency which has so far added value to the administration of Gov Udom Emmanuel is an Akwa Ibom State establishment, saddled with such responsibilities like making available access roads in rural communities, maintaining existing roads and other government facilities in the State, such as street lights etc.
He maintained that so far the agency has opened up over 70 roads in the rural communities across the three Senatorial Districts of the State. He mentioned that the agency has also intervened on federal, state and local government roads, including opening up of drainage systems in the State.
He further said that the works of AKROIMA has not only reduced the rate of accident, traffic congestion, controlled flood, touting and insecurity in the State, but as well revived the economic nerve lines in rural communities, as investors now find the rural areas congenial to do business.
He also used the opportunity to disclosed that the duties of AKROIMA does not conflict with that of the State Ministry of Works as the latter is concerned with mega projects, even as he added that those projects after completion, it’s been handed over to AKROIMA for maintenance.
“We are to grade and open up feeder roads to create accessibility in rural communities, filled up potholes where there is any, intervened on failed portions and in the case where the road has expired and washed off, we overlay totally with asphalt like what we are doing on Okopedi road in Okobo Local Government Area to Uya Oro in Oron Local Government Area.
“It is also our responsibility to maintain street lights and other government facilities that must be maintained. So once the Ministry of Works finishes a project, it hands it over to AKROIMA for maintenance”, he explained.
He however assured that AKROIMA under his leadership will continue to actualize the governor’s vision in making available accessible roads in the State.
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