Diri Inaugurates 12.5km Road Project in Akwa Ibom, Eulogise Gov. Emmanuel’s Superlative Performance

Diri Inaugurates 12.5km Road Project in Akwa Ibom, Eulogise Gov. Emmanuel’s Superlative Performance

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April 22, (THEWILL) – Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Duoye Diri, has eulogised Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, saying that his administration has witnessed superlative transformation occasioned by the massive provision of democratic dividends to the people of the state.

Governor Diri, who was the special guest at the inauguration of the 12.5km Ikot Akpan Afaha – Ikot Oku Usung Road in Ukanafun Local Government Area on Friday, described Gov. Emmanuel as a noiseless achiever, a pacesetter and a man of character, thanking him for putting smiles on the faces of the people of Ukanafun, and by extension, the state.

Inaugurating the 12.5km road with a spur at Ikot Akpan Afaha, the Bayelsa State Governor described the road project initiated and completed by Governor Emmanuel-led administration as a significant infrastructure put in place to transform the socio-economic landscape of the area.


“We are here to celebrate a man who has performed, a working Governor for the people, who hitherto had been denied a very significant infrastructure, of all infrastructure there is one infrastructure that is outstanding.

“The moment you link up a community you have actually brought civilization to that community with a road and you have also opened up that community for economic and social development. The Governor of Akwa Ibom is doing these things noiselessly,” he remarked.

He thanked the people of Ukanafun and Akwa Ibom for supporting Gov. Emmanuel and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), urging them to extend same support to the Governor-elect, Pastor Umo Eno.

Earlier, Governor Emmanuel noted that the 12.5km Ikot Akpan Afaha – Ikot Oku Usung Road in Ukanafun, is one of the projects executed in line with the eight-point agenda of his administration, which gives priority to rural development.

He revealed that beyond road projects, electricity and hospital projects will be inaugurated after he leaves office on May 29, 2023.

On the Ukanafun General Hospital rehabilitation project, the Governor assured of its completion, saying his administration would provide the necessary logistics that will ensure the completion of the hospital and thanked the people of Ukanafun for their support during the general elections.

Gov. Emmanuel, particularly appreciated Sen. Douye Diri, for honouring the invitation to inaugurate the road project, which he said is significant as it links many communities including that of the immediate past State Party Chairman, late Hon. Udo Ekpenyong.

“We promised that, throughout this season, we want to go into the rural areas specifically to appreciate and also let the world see that, in our second term, when we expanded to the 8-point agenda, rural development was key in the agenda we had. Today, we have road infrastructure, electricity, cottage hospitals, water schemes, small food processing industries all over the rural areas,” Mr Emmanuel noted.

Presenting an overview of the project, Commissioner for Works and Fire Service, Prof. Eno Ibanga, stated that the road, with a 12.5km stretch, has side drains and is constructed in line with international standards.

Prof. Ibanga also said the road has a 150mm laterite stone base and 150mm crushed stone base course, 50mm asphalt drains course, and six outfall drains that evacuated water from the road.

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He thanked the Governor for giving the people of Ukanafun a road infrastructure that will enhance their socioeconomic well-being.

In their goodwill messages, Member representing Ukanafun/Oruk Anam in the House of Representatives, Hon. Unyime Idem; former Member, House of Representatives and the political leader of Ukanafun, Hon. Eno Akpan; State Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Elder Aniekan Akpan; and the Chairman of Ukanafun Local Government Area, Mr Godwin Inyeng, thanked Governor Emmanuel for providing the people of Ukanafun with essential infrastructure which will turn around the economy of the community.

They described the Governor as a leader, who has left an indelible mark in the annals of Ukanafun, pointing out that the road project has given the community a facelift, which will encourage economic activities and pledged their loyalty to the Governor and the incoming administration.

The Managing Director of AYF Development Company, which handled the project, Mr. Fadi Aboulhosn, thanked Governor Emmanuel for giving them an opportunity to be part of history in Ukanafun and thanked the people of Ukanafun for creating a friendly environment during the project execution.

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