Akwa Ibom State Executive Council has approved the dualization of Eket-Ibeno Road at a contract sum of N24.9b. Briefing newsmen in Uyo, the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah said this was part of the decisions taken at the weekly meetings of the State Executive Council held last Thursday.

According to him, on completion, the road, on which work is to commence immediately over a period of 18 months, will have four bridges, and is awarded to CCECC, a reputable Chinese firm. Presided over by the Governor-in-Council, Chief Godswill Akpabio, the State Executive Council also approved the payment of compensation to owners of land earmarked for the construction of Security Village in Eket.
The State Executive Council, according to Mr. Umanah, took the decision to finally put an end to the issue of compensation, which has delayed the construction of the Security Village in Eket, as has been done in other local government areas of the State. Also, having completed construction of two brand new hospitals in Eastern Obolo and Ika local government areas, the Commissioner said the State government intends to put the hospitals to use immediately.
To this end, he said Council has directed the immediate release of over N900M (Nine Hundred Million Naira) for the purchase of medical and diagnostic equipment for installation and use in the hospitals.
The Commissioner mentioned that in order to facilitate good access roads to the hospital in Eastern Obolo, Council also directed the Ministry of Works to intervene on the Okorete-Amakada road. Even as the State government is currently commissioning 448 inter-ministerial direct labour projects within the last one year, Mr. Umanah said the Governor-in-Council expressed the hope that turn-key projects embarked upon by his administration would be completed within stipulated time.

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