Govt Intervenes As Landslides Threaten A’Ibom Communities

Govt Intervenes As Landslides Threaten A’Ibom Communities
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BY INIOBONG SUNDAY, Uyo

Succour has come the way of the erosion-prone areas of Akwa Ibom state as government has mobilized erosion controlled firm Nigerpet Nig Ltd for quick Intervention in the affected communities along Nung Udoe – Eket road to save it from total collapse. 

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Speaking with newsmen during inspection of the erosion site on Wednesday, the Commissioner for Works and Fire Service Prof.

Eno Ibanga, said the state government has intervened in no fewer than 100 roads in the state . 

He added that the state government would not continue to wait for ecological funds to intervene on some of the erosion sites in the state especially when it threaten lives of the citizens . 

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” Akwa Ibom state has many erosion sites because of its tropical location .But the state government has asked for funds from federal government to tackle the erosion menace and government can not wait for the federal government intervention funds .

“Since  Akwa Ibom people  are the beneficiaries,  government has to take proactive steps to ensure that the road is done early to give access to the people , otherwise the  affected communities  would be cut off.

” This is part government issues that always come up . Thank God there is contingency provisions in the budget so that when things like this come up , we can handle it .” 

Prof.Ibanga stated that the contractor became immediate choice for the emergency work considering their expertise in erosion control jobs in the state.  

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“Why we use Nigerpet is that they have the expertise for the project and the capacity to deliver on time ” 
The  Project Manager of Nigeroet Engr Eric Ese confirmed that the project would completed within 3 weeks as government has mobilized them to site 
” We hope to complete this work within 3 weeks all things being equal . Nothing can stop us from fulfilling our promise ” he said.  

Sophia, one of the residents of the area said, “there was no sign of the erosion before we  woke up one morning after a heavy rain about two months ago and saw the access road cut. Subsequent rains have caused the road to cut further and we are living in fear since that incident. 

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A team has visited soon after the incident but has not done anything because they’ve not been mobilized. But seeing the Commissioner and his team, we have hope that something will be done as soon as possible.

Aljazirahnews


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