By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Chairman of Akwa Ibom State Roads and other Infrastructure Maintenance Agency (AKROIMA) Mr. Godwin Ntukudeh has hinted plans by the agency to digitise the process of communication and instant feedback from the public in order to fast track reports on roads in deplorable conditions.
Ntukude also said that the state capital has been streamlined into different axis for effective management and response.
According to AKROIMA Boss, the Agency had published phone numbers to enable the public reach out and inform them about roads with potholes in their areas.
Speaking further, he said soon a Post Board will be erected which will contain numbers to call based on area mappings as the Agency is begining patching of potholes within Uyo metropolis.
Ntukude stated that the Agency under Governor Emmanuel’s led administration is not bent at profit making rather it is aimed at sustaining development in line with the completion agenda.
Speaking on the quality of work, he said they had discovered that some roads done by the Federal government intervention agency didn’t last long due to the materials used as well as earth movement.
According to Ntukude, “The Agency in order to produce better results in repairs, uses Asphalt of heated up to 80° celcius, the hotter the asphalt the better the road , 7.5 – 8mm thick, when compacted becomes 5.5mm”.
Dr. Ntukude equally pointed out some roads they are currently working and those concluded so far to include, Ben Udo Street, internal roads in Ewet Housing and Osong Ama Estates,Nelson Mandela Street, Dominic Utuk Way, and Aka Itiam street which he explained did not undergo sufficient soil test before its initial construction.
Outside the state capital the roads the agency intervened are the Enen Nsit Road that leads to Eket – Uyo highway, Eket Onna Road around the Onna Bridgehead and the adjoining roundabout among others.
“We are about moving into Eket after next week, and we have been directed by the Governor to rehabilitate the dilapidated roads all over Eket, therefore Eket people should not to complain again because we are almost ready to move in there”, Dr Ntukude assured.