By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
There are indications that lack of effective monitoring of ongoing projects initiated by the Akwa Ibom State Government accounts for the many uncompleted projects dotting the state.
This is giving credence to the recent appointments of no fewer than 50 Special Advisers on Project Monitoring by the State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel.
The new appointment came amidst 20 percent deductions on pay of existing political appointees due to ongoing fight against Covid-19.
The decision to further tackle road construction in the state may not have been unconnected with public outcry about the state of roads; both ongoing and yet to be awarded in the state.
An instance of such was a recent appeal by the Vice Chairman of Oron Local Government Area, Mr. Charles Bassey who, in a chat with Correspondents at the weekend, pleaded with the state government to focus on completing road projects initiated during the early days of the first term of Governor Udom Emmanuel, before awarding new ones.
Recently, a member representing Nsit Atai Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Mr. Mark Eset had lamented that ongoing dualization on the 14km Airport-Okopedi road in Nsit Atai and Okobo Local Government Areas handled by DPL construction Limited was moving on a snail’s pace.
In a recent inspection of Anua Mbak Ishiet road construction, the David Lawrence-led Works and Transport Committee of the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly decried the slow pace of work on road construction projects in the state.
Members of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the state, undertook an independent inspection of some of the roads with questionable work-pace report that the level of supervision was low.
While some of the projects sites looked somewhat abandoned, others like the Nsit Atai-Mbo road; our correspondent observed had less than 15 men manually working on drainage at a spot.
With the recent appointments of Special Assistants on Project Monitoring however, those affected by ongoing projects on snail’s pace or seemingly abandoned ones may soon experience bubbling construction sites.
It further showed that Governor Emmanuel is tubor charged to focus on massive road construction and other ongoing projects in order deliver on his promises to electorate in the state.