Indignant youths in six Native Executive Spaces of Akwa Ibom State have threatened to embark on a large protest following the abandonment of 55.1 km Superhighway challenge which runs via their communities.
The Superhighway that spanned via Ibeno, Eket, Esit Eket, Mbo and Urue Offong Oruko Native Executive Spaces of the state was once initiated via Governor Udom Emmanuel.
Investigations published that the challenge was once awarded to Ebla Building Ltd below Public-Non-public Partnership ( PPP) association however the seller later deserted the web page after spending N700m with out the state govt offering her contributory counterpart budget.
When correspondents visited the challenge web page, the Ibeno Tracking Staff Chairman, Mr Kingsley Udoh mentioned youths of the affected communities would mobilize themselves for protest to remind Governor Udom Emmanuel concerning the deserted Superhighway challenge.
In line with him, “If govt does now not entire this challenge, we can protest. When the Superhighway challenge was once awarded to our house,we had been glad. Presently, we don’t seem to be glad. Ibeno other folks don’t seem to be glad particularly the youths. We’re very indignant. We’re feeling unhealthy.
“Right now, the Superhighway is deserted. Please we’re unhappy, take the message to the governor. We don’t seem to be glad anymore.
“After we pop out from the group to this junction, and we flip our eyes to peer that the process is deserted, we really feel unhappy. Many of us misplaced their properties and lands to govt with out reimbursement, simply to make sure we’ve construction. Sadly, this challenge has been deserted.”
However, the state Commissioner for Works, Mr. Ephraim Inyangeyen blamed the government for the lengthen within the development of the 12-lane Ibom Tremendous Freeway because it did not approve the development of Ibom Deep Seaport for the state.
Inyangeyen disclosed this in Uyo, on Tuesday whilst reacting to claims via the irate youths from the challenge host communities that the challenge which was once flagged off in 2017 were deserted since 2018.
He defined that the state govt determined to decelerate after 15 out of 55.1 kilometers of the street were accomplished when it noticed the refusal of the Federal Executive to offer popularity of the development of the Ibom Deep Seaport as the street was once initiated for the Seaport operations and the proposed Ibom Business town.
His phrases, “The Ibom Tremendous Freeway challenge didn’t prevent in 2018. The investment of the challenge stopped in 2019. It was once once we noticed the reluctance of the government to offer us the vital popularity of Ibom Deep Seaport we determined to decelerate.”
“The state Executive believed it was once extra important for us to steer the Federal govt and get popularity of the development of the deep Seaport first. It is because if we don’t construct the deep Seaport the 55.1kilometer Tremendous Freeway isn’t economically viable to be sustained
“However it is just when the seaport approval is in our hand that we will make sure that of doing the street. So our focus now’s on the way to get all of the approvals promised via the Federal govt. If the deep seaport isn’t there, we don’t want the street.
“The cause of beginning the 12-lane Tremendous Freeway is basically for us to create get right of entry to to the deep seaport, and the Ibom Business town and avert congestion. It’s not intended for basic goal. So the tale that the Tremendous Freeway has been deserted isn’t right kind.
“And we haven’t modified the Elba Building Corporate this is dealing with the street. I’ve instructed the contractor to be affected person, that the instant we get popularity of the deep seaport he’ll go back to web page. In reality, Executive is even owing him.”